Finally, Goat Girl released their first album (for Rough Trade), after a period of intense live activity and good feedbacks from critics and public. Part of the rock renaissance started in London, where they live: the band include Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Naima Jelly e L.E.D.
In their words: “it’s an album that comes from growing up in London and the first hand experience of our cities devolution. I wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through my eyes but someone who can’t get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city”.
Oscillating between punk, close to the Slits, a certain flavor of the Courtney Love’s Hole, particularly in the listless voice, they arrive at a result similar to the Warpaint: although they are considered a guitar oriented band, the album is enriched by electronic sounds, drum machines, dub landscapes, like in “A Swamp dog’s tale”, where the dub touch is deep.
In ballads like “Creep” the influence of Courtney Love (they would deny it) is interesting and gives an intense mood to the track. While tracks like “Cracker Drool” show their punk attitude which gives a brilliant life to the songs.
The production of Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand) gives a dirty and straight sound to the songs: “Everything was recorded to tape, which meant that we were able to get the foundations of each song down very quickly and eliminated any irrelevant hassle”.
This is one of the interesting sides of this debut, the other one is their ability to tell little urban stories of strange people living in a big town. For these reasons Goat Girl first full-length is a good, well-built album but nothing more. An enjoyable pastime.