Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s Grrl Gang explode across your ears at the start of “Pop Princess” with a song that says – no demands – ‘dance to me!’ The driving, droney guitar is a relentless call to shake something. Surprisingly, the chorus is not the hook magnet here. If anything the chorus taps the brakes, letting you catch your breath before diving back in. The song appears on the 2020 collection Here To Stay! that brings together material from the group’s stand-alone early singles and EPs. There’s plenty more fab stuff here like the Teenage Fanclubby “Dream Grrrl” and the Smithsian “Night Terrors.” The magic here is how the band combine a Scottish indie pop elan with just a hint of post-1950s American song styles. And smart? Whoa. These peeps have got something to say and they’re going to say it now, particularly on restrictive gender roles and sexuality. But they manage to meld those political passions and insights into the music almost seamlessly. Fist pumping and arm waving, all at the same time. The band’s more recent single “Honey, Baby” is also pretty special, dramatically expanding the sonic depth of their sound. All this and they’ve yet to release an actual debut album – now that is going to be a thing.
Visit the Grrrl Gang at their Bandcamp, Instragram or Facebook pages and catch the wave.
Kevin Deery said:
Freakin’ love this band. Silver COVID lining, SXSW was all on line 2021, and my fam got me a virtual ticket for my birthday, as they knew attending in person was on my bucket list. Grrrl Gang was a highlight. Fantastic live version of Honey Baby (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHrOjiaLbI), also love “Guys Don’t Read Sylvia Plath” (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wxnbGK5OsmY)!
Dennis Pilon said:
You aren’t kidding, that live version rocks! Can’t believe the dramatic shifts in style this band is doing. Debut long-player can’t come soon enough\
Scott P in KC said:
I just wanted to pop in here to thank you for bringing this band to my attention. I can’t freakin’ stop listening to them!
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Dennis Pilon said:
Thanks Scott – response like this makes my day!