Single of the Week: The Girls – Not I

I should start calling this single of the fortnight, but that sounds pretty dumb.  So it’s The Girls with the single of the urm, week.   The Seattle band just released their second album titled Yes No Yes No Yes No a few weeks ago. The Girls have been accused of being a one trick pony, that trick being tightly wound 80’s new wave, but in small doses it hits all the right buttons.  Singer Shannon Brown has a voice that may instantly remind you of Howard Devoto, so those Buzzcocks and Magazine comparisons make sense.  For some reason though, the Girls remind me of John Fox era Ultravox, even the album cover reminds me of their album ha! ha! ha!.  Brown’s voice which seems to have an English accent, like Fox’s has a similar waver where you think he could lose control at any moment.   Not I starts off with a spaceship like keyboard and then Brown starts emphatically claiming he didn’t steal your bicycle which you know damn well he did, and then he starts singing about raining martian babies and testing for rabies.  I have no idea what he’s on about, but with a buzzing guitar riff and thumping bass the Girls take it to the Maximum!

mp3: The Girls – Not I (from Yes No Yes No Yes No – CD | Vinyl)

See the Girls out on tour:

Oct 22 @ The Funhouse          Seattle, WA*
Nov 7  @ Piano’s         Manhattan, NY
Nov 8  @ Abbey Pub         Boston, MA
Nov 9  @ Don Pedro’s         Brooklyn, NY
Nov 10 @ Brighton Bar         Long Branch, NJ
Nov 11 @ JC Dobbs         Philadelphia, PA
Nov 12 @ Side Bar         Baltimore, MD
Nov 13 @ Now That’s Class     Cleveland, OH
Nov 14 @ Reggies Rock Club      Chicago, IL^
Nov 15 @ Reggies Rock Club     Chicago, IL^
Nov 22 @ Wildrose!         Seattle, WA
* w/ Human Eye
^ w/ Ben Weasel

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