What does it sound like?:
Post War Glamour Girls are named after a John Cooper Clarke poem and are from Leeds. Swan Songs is their third album and was recorded in two weeks in the remote Scottish village of Skerray. They are are tight four piece who play an urban, theatrical brand of rock. James Smith’s voice burns with the embers of Nick Cave’s, Alice Stott’s bass has Paul Simonon’s swagger, James Thorpe rings his guitar like Stuart Adamson and Ben Clyde’s machine gun snare rolls are as robust as John Bradbury’s. They make a very fine post punk racket, the kind that, back in 1979, provoked dads all around the country to shout,”Turn that bloody noise off!”
In fact, Swan Songs is fresh new music of the highest caliber. Guiding Light is a dynamic opener that, in another time and another world, could be a hit single. Chipper broods with shards of feedback and vocal shrieks. Gull Rips A Worm To Rags takes the prize for the most bizarre title and is suitably obsessive, dominated by bass strings. Organ Donor despairs over the plight of the impoverished as it rolls in a mud of fuzz guitar. Big Trip is as strange as, well, a big trip, I imagine never having had one. Pollyanna Cowgirl is another would be single and Sea Of Rains is beautiful and melodic. There is a lot to enjoy over ten tracks. The only skip track for me is the last one.
The electric guitar has gone back to being a personal instrument for personal expression by a relatively small number of enthusiasts. Rock is exiled from the hit parade. These days, it is more likely that a teenager implores his grandad to turn the bloody racket off. Post War Glamour Girls do not even carry enough traction to warrant a Wikipedia page, despite being on their third album. You can catch them on their latest tour, no doubt playing many Swan Songs, for less than a tenner. I expect they would blow your socks off. By all accounts, they can be spectacularly frantic and deranged in the live setting. This means bands like Post War Glamour Girls can please themselves. They can be angsty, intellectual, political, romantic or plain silly without a suit knocking on their door and asking for something more commercial. They do it for love.
What does it all *mean*?
Swan Songs may not be groundbreaking but it is imaginative, intelligent and visceral. Better make the most of it before Rock dies out altogether.
Goes well with…
Sweat and tears.
Might suit people who like…
Modern Guitar Rock such as Leopold And His Fiction or Japandroids.