Making their name on the punk underground circuit in the past couple of years with their concise and inventive bass-driven dislocated post-punk shrapnel Girl In Synthesis have spent Covid time honing this to perfection.
As a sharp and angular reminder of their inventive style so well documented on their 202o debut album, the band have emerged on record store day with a gnarly and thrilling release. Built around a striking sound that features one of the best take on the classic JJ Burnel Black and White bass sound that we have heard for decades and a collection of song that deconstructs post-punk into new terrain and textures it also sounds as urgent and of the moment as well.
All lovers of the classic grinding Fall Hex period or the aforementioned Stranglers will dig this as well as anyone who likes their punk rock served up with an urgency and an intelligence and an ability to commentate on the tensions of the now. The mini album takes new sonic risks and plays with their form. It kicks off with Containment that is a bleak snapshot of the current dystopia that gives way to an explosive and skewed dub remix featuring languorous horns and industrial-sounding percussion.
Following on, ‘… But Still you Wanted More’ retains the dub minimalism and adds trudging, nihilistic lyrical content alongside churning, saw-sharp organ. ‘Calm Waters’, the groups’ first foray into a harsher, electronic landscape, brings to the forefront a crushing, relentless drum machine backbeat and woozy, warped bass hooks. Finishing on ‘Don’t Try’, this song sees the band return to their more familiar white-heat blast of post-punk. Shards of harsh, splintered guitar and pounding drums help push the theme of gross governmental incompetence well and truly into the listener’s brain.
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