Girl Band Announce New LP ‘The Talkies’

Girl Band Announce New LP 'The Talkies'
Girl Band 'The Talkies'

Girl Band, have announced The Talkies. The Irish quartet’s forthcoming release is due out on September 27th via Rough Trade. The album was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox. The LP was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to.” The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Band’s cataclysmic sound within a world of its own. Along with the album news, the group have shared a Video for “Shoulderblades,” directed by long-time collaborator Bob Gallagher whose previous work with the band won him Best Irish Music Video at the Cork Film Festival and he was nominated for best director at the 2016 Berlin Music Video awards.

From bandmember Alan Duggan:

“in many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house” – Daniel continues – “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds. Daniel with his feet in both camps as musician and producer explains: “After we canceled the last tour we weren’t really writing together as much anymore so we were more into demoing and writing down parts then cutting them up, collaging them together in the computer and reconfiguring them that way.”

Bob on the video: “I think it’s a real testament to the creative spirit of the band that they encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and attempt to make something with no props or set dressing or conventional narrative, and to try and articulate an idea with dance and movement.

In Oona we found an incredible co-conspirator, I couldn’t imagine any other dancer being able to bring that combination of beauty and violence to the video. The idea grew out of Dara’s reference to the character of Ed Mordake, a man with two faces, so duality was a major theme. It was interesting for me to see how well dance allows an idea to live in the abstract so it can remain very open. It can mean what it means to the band, and also what it means to Oona and to myself. Hopefully that translates in a way that people watching it can find something in it to relate to, strange as it may be.”

The Talkies
Track Listt

Going Norway
Couch Combover
Salmon of Knowledge
Prefab Castle

Girl Band
Live Dates

Oct 2nd – Chicago – Beat Kitchen
Oct 4th – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Oct 5th – Philly, PA – Boot and Saddle
Oct 6th – Washington, DC – Songbyrd, DC
Oct 8th – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
Nov 2nd – Manchester – Academy 2
Nov 5th – London – Electric Ballroom
Nov 7th – Brussels – Botanique
Nov 10th – Utrecht – Le Guess Who
Nov 12th – Berlin – Lido
Nov 14th – La Maroquinerie – Paris
Nov 22nd – Vicar street – Dublin