Review Summary: A disco discord vibe full of sharp melodies and beautiful hypnotic cool.
Step 1. Take Sonic Youth and The Velvet Underground. Step 2. Add disco. Step 3. Stay up for 14 days straight. Step 4. Drive around New York all night. Keep driving. Don’t turn on the lights.
Girls Against Boys (GvsB) is a mood. GvsB have discord. GvsB have dual bass. GvsB have groove. GvsB are also simple. Lo fi. You might not like simple things, but if you do you’re going to enjoy this, because here the sum of the hole is bigger than oh, well, never mind…
…this music is ‘cool’. Thus music is cool in a way that does not care about you. You are just the passenger and you can leave. There is nothing pretentious. The music is simple. The lyrics are simple. And you will think you can make these sounds yourself. But you can’t, and you never can, or will, and the reason you can’t is that you are not cool. You will love this as you will never be able to do this. The mere act of thinking means you cannot. And they know that. But it is cool. DIU DIY yourself.
Grooving along with sharp fragments is dangerous. Not everyone will care for this cab ride. The driver saunters with urgency but with no huge haste. There are dual bass players and a pulsating organ in the back seat. The interior is hypnotic. A rhythmic seizure forms the album's carcass into one cohesive solid arcing mass with an insatiable aching drone. The arc is apt and fitting. Four heavier songs flush out the beginning, before we are taken down into a slow slide, before climbing out and up, before another the climb down, before the pleasant gentle ending. This is not unfamiliar. Not at all. But you couldn’t have done it.
Disco discord may not be for you. So don’t try it. Its tongue does not fit you and it does not want you. Wrong vibe. Move on. Click click. So. So.