2015 has been a momentous year for Girl Band. At the year’s start their potent mix of groove and shattered guitar noise was the subject of excited whispers coming from those plugged into the Irish underground. By September they had released their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie on Rough Trade to great acclaim.
One look at the new video for “Baloo” from their Rough Trade session and it is easy to see why the band has been the subject of such adoration. The quartet harnesses existential anxiety and wields it like a weapon, crafting a captivating cacophony. The band will be returning to live action in early 2016, including their biggest hometown show to date on April 1st at Vicar Street, see below.
“Biologically speaking, the sensations of pleasure and pain are closely related, and Ireland’s Girl Band straddles that line with no small amount of glee.” – Billboard
“Its hard to think of another guitar-based band conjuring fear this exhilarating and volume this rapturous” – Pitchfork
Holding Hands with Jamie, Girl Band’s debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour, nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7″ sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs, touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone.
Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
Girl Band are:
Dara Kiely (vox)
Alan Duggan (guitar)
Daniel Fox (bass)
Adam Faulkner (drums)
Fri 22nd Jan – Brewery Corner, Kilkenny
Sat 23rd Jan – Gabo’s, Castlebar
Wed 17th Feb – Trix Antwerp, Belgium
Fri 19th Feb – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sat 20th Feb – Concorde 2, Brighton
Mon 22nd Feb – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Tues 23rd Feb – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Wed 24th Feb – The Buyers Club, Liverpool
Fri 26th Feb – Tunnels, Aberdeen
Sat 27th Feb – Summerhall, Edinburgh
Mon 29th Feb – Village Underground, London
Tues 1st Mar – The Exchange, Bristol
Fri 1st Apr – Vicar Street, Dublin