England - Full Moon 186 - 11/10/11
Post War Glamour Girls
Ode to Harry Dean b/w Spitting Pearls
Post War Glamour Girls is another Leeds band, and like The Wind-Up Birds they're on the Leeds
label Sturdy Records. Birds, girls,
what's up next?
Post War Glamour Girls (from now PWGG) is a quintet who formed just
over a year ago. They picked the band's name from a song by first wave
punk-poet John Cooper-Clarke,
but musically their far from both Clarke and punk as we know it. PWGG,
who's in fact only one girl plus four lads. The label describes them as:
Cave fronting Portishead, or Tom Waits grappling with Modest
Mouse.... And, yes, I do get some Cave/Grinderman and Modest
Mouse flashes. The big difference is when
co-singer Alice stand to the mike with her velvety voice, as a big
contrast to the rasping, angry voice of singer James (yes, he's
sometimes a sound-alike to Isaac Brock).
"Ode to Harry Dean" is the tougher and better of the two songs on
this double A side debut single. This can't be nothing else than an ode
to Harry Dean Stanton, one
of the coolest actors around. "Ode..." for sure is a bit in Modest Mouse
mode. I also get to think of Belgian 90s band deus, as well as Texans
The Shoulders (well, they
were a bit straighter, as I recall). "Spitting Pearls" is a more quiet,
drama-filled song with twin-vocals by James and Alice (vocal-wise
they're... and please don't get
me wrong; the beast and the beauty). It's got some nerve as well, with
some blistering guitar-work. Nice debut.
Is it art-rock? Yes. Is it post-punk? Maybe it's post-war punk.
Copyright © 2011 Håvard Oppøyen