Some names are just so brilliant that you can’t work out why nobody has used them before and Golden Grrrls definitely fall into that camp. A threesome from Glasgow, they came down to Manchester to take part in Comfortable on a Tightrope’s D.I.Y. Day at the Deaf Institute yesterday and blew away the small crowd that consigned themselves to sitting inside the venue’s Music Hall during one of the hottest days of the year.
There’s a hint of the riot grrl movement in their noise, but not quite as much as the name would suggest – the trio take more inspiration from the late 80’s pop music and the c86 movement. However, banish all thoughts of adults dressed in children’s clothes, clumsily oversized cardigans and navel gazing, as the songs rough up the harmonies, mess up the melodies and generally turn the genre into something actually palatable. Everything they put out is done through a glorious layer of fuzz, wonderfully echoing the cassette era whilst making songs that are several hundred times more daring than most of the sub-Bis stuff that Sarah Records became responsible for. The lo-fi tag is justifiable this time, but the energy shines through the distortion and feedback, whilst the jangly riffs would be distinctive with the shabbiest production values.
Their set yesterday was short and snappy, but never failed to capture the attention, which was pretty much the standard of all the amazing bands that played. Of late, they’ve shared a cassette with Boredom Boys through Suplex Cassettes, but sadly for us, that’s already sold out. Here’s a song anyway:
Golden Grrrls – The Red Sea