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Song of the day – 488: Local Girls

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Nothing to dislike here. Plenty to love.

I’m listening to Local Girls because the label who released their new mighty and tumbling Deluxe Kicks album mentioned to me that they also released the new Fever Fever EP. And fuck yeah. That’s easily enough to get me listening. Trace the path. Trace the path. This Local Girls music is edgy and a little challenging: it recalls stuff I listened to in 1980 but it also recalls stuff I listened to in 2003: there’s a hyper-real falsetto or something, and speed, and pace, and edge, and the impression of claustrophobia and life crushing and crashing and chasing in just when you least want it too: it’s strange rhythmical music and I really hope you haven’t heard such strange rhythmical (female-led) music before because if you haven’t you’re in for a real fucking treat (and of course even if you have listened to loads of strange rhythmical music before then you’re still in for a real fucking treat): the album is a fraction disorientating in its range of rhythm and style and sounds – plenty that is fine from the past (serrated guitars, Pixies tempo changes, Raincoats semi-spoken word) is mixed in with plenty that is fine from the now (the realisation that isolation in the year 2012 is more painful than ever before; silences; menace, companionship): it’s very British (it shows in the sometimes weird reliance upon hoary blues riffs which always amounts to way more than the sum of its influences); female vocals like we like female vocals – nasty and narcissistic and sarcastic and open.

My Bangs, the stand-out on the album is ‘Cuckoo’, but here’s something some of you may like more cos it’s more obvious and punches some of the buttons that fucking need punching – jittery but it’s a year or more old and not from the new album and a whole lot can happen in a year or more’s time:

You can hear the album here.

And fuck yeah. I may well have a favourite new band.

This song’s a whole lot of fun but not exactly representative, either:

He asked me kindly if I want to dance
I said no
He asked me kindly if I want to dance
I said no

Would I join him and his friends for drinks
I said no
Would I join him and his friends for drinks
I said no

(‘East London Dance Party’)

3 Responses to Song of the day – 488: Local Girls

  1. DC August 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    *Like* Great band.

  2. Charley Stone August 9, 2012 at 4:07 am

    One of my claims to fame is that I got to play bass with Local Girls once. Those were the days!

  3. Charley Stone August 9, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Actually – better delete that – “they” will all think I told you about it. Can’t find delete! Oops.

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