Four years on from Holding Hands With Jamie, Girl Band are back to announce their new album, The Talkies, out 27 September via Rough Trade Records.
The album was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to”. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Bands cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.
Bandmember Alan Duggan underlines this thought: “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house. We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.”
The first track to be released from the album is ‘Shoulderblades‘. Sonically, the landscape vacillates from a dissonant, distant horizon to a threatening “shh!” in your ear. The dark vocal line groove loops back on itself, building an unsettling momentum, caught up by the chugging snare with the ascending / descending snakes and ladders noise rock guitar that is so distinctively Girl Band.
Stream / Preorder The Talkies here.