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Girl Band / December 2016 and January 2017 UK Tour

By on Friday, 29th July 2016 at 9:00 am

Dublin post-punks Girl Band have announced UK dates as part of a larger winter world tour that begins in November on the Continent. Their debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’ is available now from Rough Trade Records. For more of our coverage on Girl Band here on TGTF, go here.

Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 8th December 2016 – London Scala
Friday 9th December 2016 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sunday 22nd January 2016 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tuesday 24th January 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 26th January 2016 – Edinburgh Summerhall Dissection Room


Video of the Moment #2123: Girl Band

By on Friday, 24th June 2016 at 6:00 pm

Dublin post-punks Girl Band have gone and collaborated again with long-time bud and director Bob Gallagher on yet another thought-provoking music video. The promo for ‘In Plastic’, is, shall we say, a little creepy. If it wasn’t, I’d be quite disappointed! It’s been a long week for all of us, hasn’t it? So I’m gonna leave this here for you.

Girl Band’s album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’ is available now from Rough Trade Records. For more on Girl Band on TGTF, follow this link.



Live Gig Video: Girl Band perform ‘Baloo’ as part of Rough Trade session

By on Friday, 20th November 2015 at 4:00 pm

Currently buzzed about Dublin punks Girl Band should need no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living in a convent / under a rock / in a cave / take your pick, you should know that their debut album ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’, released at the end of September on Rough Trade Records, has continued to stoke the fires of hype that has surrounded the band since they appeared in Austin for SXSW 2015.

If you have so far been not lucky enough to catch them live or perhaps you are just curious what all the fuss is about, they have released this video from a recent Rough Trade session, a performance of ‘Baloo’ from their debut LP. Capturing the band’s anarchic style and featuring lead singer Dara Kiely’s hopelessly rough all over vocals, this is definitely for the lot of you who call yourselves punk fans. Watch the eye-opening performance film below.

Hungry for more on Girl Band? You can catch our entire archive so far on the Irish group here.



Video of the Moment #1908: Girl Band

By on Thursday, 10th September 2015 at 6:00 pm

For their latest promo video, this time for single ‘Pears for Lunch’, Girl Band reconnected with director Bob Gallagher, who was also at the helm of their promo for ‘Paul’ that we featured here on TGTF last month. I’ll leave it to Gallagher to explain the premise of ‘Pears’:

“In a way the ‘Pears’ video continues a theme from ‘Paul’, the idea of wearing one face that is at odds to how you actually feel. In this case it’s more about aspiration towards a paradigm of self-improvement or fulfillment. There’s this idea that if you present an image of yourself that people buy into, you might actually become that person.

I think especially online we’ve become very sophisticated editors of our own lives. We document everything and then edit it into a digestible feed of the personality we want other people to think we have. We sort of curate ourselves for other people to observe. There’s an honesty to the song that’s very stark, and it’s a refreshing when most of the time we’re just presenting the best possible versions of ourselves to everyone around us.

I thought it would be funny to have a character who selectively expresses themselves through ads, and stock footage that are supposed to represent ideals, the perfect couple, body etc. Ads are so emotionally manipulative that I liked the idea that you could thread together all the phoney emotions to give a character some personality. He’s kind of liar in that regard, but so are the rest of us a lot of the time.”

‘Pears For Lunch’ now available for preorder on 7” vinyl, is taken from Dublin punk rock group Girl Band’s debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’, due out on the 25th of September on Rough Trade Records. Watch the video below.



Video of the Moment #1880: Girl Band

By on Friday, 7th August 2015 at 6:00 pm

Dublin punk rock band Girl Band have a new promo for their single ‘Paul’. Preorder the ‘Paul’ 12″ now, and you’ll get a free download of the single instantly. The single is a taste off of the band’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’ on the 25th of September on Rough Trade Records.

As you might expect from a bunch of punk rockers, the song itself is a punishing listen. Paradoxically, the actual video that accompanies the single chronicles a day in the life of a depressed man who wears an animal costume in a children’s tv show. The video’s director Bob Gallagher explains the premise:

“The idea came about from shooting an audition tape for my friend Kate for a kids TV show job. She’d curse if a take didn’t work out, which in the context I thought was hilarious. I’ve often watched kids TV with my Goddaughters, and every time I do I can’t help but wonder what it’s like for the actors behind the scenes. What the dynamics are like? There’s such a sheen on those shows of happiness that I thought it would be interesting to look at the flip side of that with a character who is full of self loathing but has to literally wear a big grin on his face. While I was researching I watched a documentary about Big Bird and there’s a line in where he Carol Spinney says that a woman was complimenting his performance but that she couldn’t see that inside the costume he was crying. It’s quite tragic. I think everyone has experiences of having to put on an outward expression and feeling trapped, so Paul’s costume is a visual extension of that. He’s inside the suit, at a distance from everybody around him, but wearing this absurd smile that’s totally false to what’s going on inside.

“When the pressure of living that life comes to a head he gets to be himself, and in a bizarre way he gets acceptance from his hero Big Rooster, so I see it as a bizarre but happy ending.”

Have a watch of the video below. Girl Band will be on tour in England and Ireland in November. For more on Girl Band on TGTF, go here.



Girl Band / November 2015 English/Irish Tour

By on Friday, 29th May 2015 at 9:00 am

Following up on their riotous reception at The Great Escape festival earlier this month, Dublin punk rockers Girl Band will play a short list of live dates in the UK and Ireland this November, which will conclude with a hometown show at Dublin’s Button Factory.  The band will also play London’s 100 Club on the 6th of October before a run of European autumn festival appearances.

Along with their tour date announcement, Girl Band have released a teaser video for their upcoming debut album, which is set for release on Rough Trade Records later this year.  You can view that preview just below the tour date listing.  Tickets for the following live dates are on sale now.

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 – Brighton Patterns
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 5th November 2015 – Leeds Nation of Shopkeepers
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Dublin Button Factory

Previous TGTF coverage of Girl Band can be found right here.



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