Boston’s own GIRLFRIENDS have been gaining much momentum in recent days. They just played a shit-ton of shows at SXSW, and now they’re getting approval from sources like NPR, The Onion, and Wire Magazine amongst others. Now they’ve even got this brand new 7″ single!
That might seem like a lot of stuff at once, but really it’s only the beginning for this surfy garage-pop trio. Their new single comes from Black Bell Records and for those of you that don’t know, Black Bell was founded in 2010 by Ayad Al Adhamy – otherwise known as the synth player from Passion Pit.
At first listen, it seemed like this new single was significantly less poppy than their previous 7″ from 2010, but that was definitely just a first impression of not fully paying attention. Forgetting that, this stuff follows a similar format from before, employing poppy qualities as well as punk, garage rock, and maybe even a little psych sprinkled on top for good measure – or just because they’re that good. The chicken-scratch guitar solo of “Cave Kids” sounds wrinkled and rigid, which works perfectly for their slightly sloppy sound. The unintentionally creepy cover art reminds me of something from Fat-Pie.com, and if I had to guess, that’s probably what a cave kid is. Blissful chants of “ba-ba” definitely helps give this track more of that poppy vibe, to which you’ll finding yourself jumping for joy from this gritty pop nugget.
Flipping over to the B-side now, things change up a bit. It’s called “Eat Around the Bad Parts”, and it’s not immediately as poppy as the A-side. This track implies both nods from punk rock and psych, which eventually pops off into an obliterating psychedelic mess. They disregard everything in sight and blast your head clean off your body with raging guitar solos and an unrelenting garage-rock spirit. This goes a long way to prove what these Boston garage-dwellers are capable of and the most exciting part about that is that there’s so much more talent brewing up there that the fun never stops. What this means for you: start paying more attention to the Boston music scene. One good way to start would be by searching “boston” in our search bar above. Or just take this shortcut.
PS – Check out the music video for “Eat Around the Bad Parts” if you’ve got a few extra minutes
Cave Kids –
Eat Around the Bad Parts –
My Rating: 8/10
Genre/ Tags: Garage Rock, Pop, Punk
Cave Kids 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Cave Kids
2.) Eat Around the Bad Parts