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grass widow

If the whole no-fi/lo-fi thing is a bit too ‘P4k‘ for you then look away now. I’m a big fan. All the bad recording, tinny sound, hard-to-decipher vocals and homemade t-shirts/album covers/everything makes me feel like I’m back in school listening to Bleach again.
There seems to be very few bands from the Captured Tracks/ Slumberland/ Fat Possum stables that are shit these days. Every second week, there’s some lo-fi gem on tour in Europe and, more often than not, Foggy Notions or Skinny Wolves get them upstairs in Whelan’s where they put on brief, wonderful shows and then sell their own t-shirts.We get this with our local bands so it’s great to get it from bands you may only have ever read about on myspace.

As contrived/trendy/uninteresting as some may decry this lo-fi scene as, I love being in a small venue with the band close enough to touch and having them stand beside you in the crowd to check out the support. I love the noisy melodies. I love the brevity. I love the ramshackle performances and the fact that many of them have never been to Europe before. I love the drums.

There’s a rawness to bands like Vivian Girls/Wavves/Times New Viking/Real Estate et al that remains undiluted by hype and combines the nostalgic chill of twee with the pelvic snarl of teenage.

It’s fast, fun and plentiful.

What’s to snipe at? Nowt, that’s what.

Curmudgeons begone.

So now, say hello to Grass Widow, made up of Lillian, Raven and Hannah. They bring you harmonies and fuzz.
Born from the remnants of Shitstorm (the band indie-chick du jour Frankie Rose left to join Vivian Girls, whom she subsequently left to join Crystal Stilts, whom she has now ditched to form Frankie and the Outs…), Grass Widow have a self-titled 12″ LP and a 12″ EP knocking around at the moment.
Have a peep at Captured Tracks for the EP and Make A Mess for the LP.
Here they are covering Black Hole by The Urinals, a major influence in the lo-fi scene.

Grass Widow – Black Hole

And here’s one from their self-titled album.

Grass Widow – To Where

Do not fear the onion, Luke. Twat it!

Posted: October 3, 2008 in Uncategorized
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The previously mentioned Vivian Girls album is about to come out (it’s brilliant too) so surely it’s only a matter of minutes before an Irish gig is announced? Anyone?….If you build it they will come and all that shite?

Vivian Girls

Posted: August 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

For those who don’t browse the old music blogs all the time, there is a ‘new big deal’ band floating around out there called Vivian Girls. I’ll let Stereogum tell you about them and give you a listen to their excellent Where Do you Run To track from the forthcoming album reissue. It’s the kind of music that reminds me of UCG (as NUIG was then known) and being out in Liquid nightclub in Salthill drinking shitty, cheap Black Russians and dancing to The Pixies and the fucking Smiths in the upstairs section. Everyone who liked ‘alternative’ music was there and it was fucking great. Does anyone sneak naggins into nightclubs anymore? Anyway, this song and the ones on their myspace remind me of those days. If you were in college anytime after 1995, I hope you understand what I mean.
Lo fi and all-girl: what a combination
(Note to reader: if this lot are all over the papers in the next while, then feel free to say you heard it here first (ahem) even though I heard it from massive music blogs GorillavsBear and Sterogum. There will be a financial reward for most shameless namedrop of There will Be Blog because I’m a whore. Nice.)