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Thee Girl Fridays - The Love Witch EP

  • Published in Singles

First off I'll start by declaring my interest as a friend of the band.

Secondly it's good to see a cover design which ably fits the bill has finally been agreed upon. But what about the contents of the sleeve?

Garage punk may not flow through the veins of the entire quartet equally but as a unit they've been a welcome feature on the Edinburgh scene (and further afield) since their inception. The Love Witch EP is therefore a deserved result of the hours put into practising, driving up and down the UK to perform, organising their own shows, networking & publicity and generally doing all that DIY entails.

Producer & all round nice bloke Angus McPake has crafted a fully authentic sound on the three songs (all blessedly originals), particularly the A side, an homage to the 2016 film of the same name by Anna Biller.  

A first, physical release is always a great step for any band but, having observed first hand the efforts made along Thee Girl Fridays' collective journey to this point in their career, it's very pleasing to see that they've made it to this point.

The Love Witch EP is available to buy from Spinout Nuggets here.


Grrrl Crush #7 : Wild Wimmin, The Mousetrap, Edinburgh

  • Published in Live

Quite a mixed bag of entertainment here tonight for the seventh Grrrl Crush night. Disappointingly the pub’s stopped doing all the cheese-related food it used to do but nipping out between acts for some isn’t a drama.

First to play are Girl Scout. Starting out grungy & moody theirs proves to be a short set that unfortunately deteriorates into very dreary and unfocussed territory. Quite what they’re about is a mystery & it’s time to seek out a pizza.

Timing-wise things are run pretty tight tonight so there’s little delay in Thee Girl Fridays moving in to occupy the performance space. Sound quality on the night is a bit ropey for them initially but probably only to be expected given the venue. That kazoo sounds pretty weird though. With a fully formed set of their own material (‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’, 'Big Knicker Twist') and a few choice covers (‘Camel Walk’, ‘Goo Goo Muck’) the quartet, with new drummer Liana fitting in nicely, have come on a lot since their initial gig just a few months back at the Girls Rock School showcase.

The crowd are certainly into the music and the performance, whooping it up at the end of every song and dancing about as best they can in the confined space. For some in attendance this could well have been their first exposure to the styles that Thee Girl Fridays dabble in but if they went away wanting more of it then they’ve been doubly well served by the band. Keep your eye out for them at the pre-fest gig for this year’s Franklin Fest, followed by a show at Glasgow’s McChuill’s in July.

Tonight’s final act was Vixxxionary. As it was still rather hard to get anywhere near the front of the crowd (cool that the event was a popular draw) I may be wrong in my assertion that this was a solo act – one girl and a drum machine/backing tracks. Either way the curse of the iffy sound was once more in effect and the first couple of numbers came over as uninspiring so it was time to head off and catch the first available bus. All things considered though this was a good night’s free entertainment so keep a look out for the next one.

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