There’s been an awful lot of activity in the September Girls camp of late, with a string of UK and Irish dates alongside A Place To Bury Strangers to follow their late 2014 Veneer EP. The band support the Cribs in Belfast and Dublin next month but first comes an appearance at the Yes Fest Marriage Equality gig at the Bello Bar on 30th April, along with Kate’s Party, Cave Ghosts, Sissy and The Winter Passing.
We asked each member to provide us with some weekend listening….
Paula: Sheer Mag – ‘What You Want’
I’m totally obsessed with this song at the moment.I don’t really know much about them other than the fact they are from Philadelphia and this song was the lead track on an EP released late last year. Not quite ’70s style power pop, but not quite punk either, it lies somewhere between Thin Lizzy and The Runaways. It’s very riff-y, with a touch of classic rock and super catchy vocals. Believe me, that description wouldn’t sell it to me if I saw it written down either, but I think this might be the best thing I’ve heard this year so far.
Caoimhe: Nirvana – ‘Something in the Way’
I’m currently obsessed with Nirvana since seeing Montage of Heck. I’m looking at them in a new light. I’ve always loved this song but it means more now. It’s just so, so lonely. Kurt’s vocals are so strong and full of sadness. His vocal melodies always lean towards a darker, more interesting place. It’s a really hypnotic song.
Jessie: Haunted Hearts -‘Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good’
This is the side project of husband/wife duo Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles. It’s ’80s dreamy gothy synth pop, with lots of chorus and noise, clearly inspired by JAMC and The Cure. I’ve always been a fan of boy/girl intertwined singing and the underlying steamy chemistry between these two comes through in the music.
Lauren: Juliana Hatfield Three – ‘Little Pieces’
Become What You Are is one of my favourite albums. It’s one that I loved back in the day but forgot about for a while, then rediscovered with renewed affection. This is the second to last song and it always somehow comes as a pleasant surprise every time I go back and listen through the album. The song is made up of ‘little pieces’ itself, each one lovelier than the last. The simple backing vocal on the refrain gets me every time.
Sarah: Sleater Kinney – ‘One Beat’
I went to see them a few of weeks ago at Vicar Street and since then I’ve pretty much only listened to them. I’m sort of obsessed with ‘One Beat’, from the album of the same name. The song starts and is built on this one drum pattern, one beat, which is constant throughout. I love the vocals, they’re so strong and there’s a certain urgency to them, it’s sort of anthemic. I think Corin and Carrie’s call and response is executed really well here.