The video for Girl Band’s cover of Blawan’s ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ has a particular grim narrative of a mortician at work. The video was shot by Bob Gallagher and shows an old man strip a naked dead body of jewellery and then its vital organs.
There is also a tape deck playing a song in the background and, after the Y-incision is sewn back up they are both possessed by the song and engage in a violent freak-out. The brutal reparative beats and screeching of guitars prove to be a bizarrely brilliant piece of background tracking for a rave in a morgue.
Most guitar groups stick to what they know; rock, grunge, punk but obviously Girl Band have set themselves differently by covering a techno track and have turned it into more than just a cover song. I’ve heard that the live version is a high point for fans. The video is fantastic (although don’t watch while eating!)
Girl Band have got the guts for terror techno and can cause a panic in eight minutes just by making a lot of noise. The video follows plans unveiled for their debut EP The Early Years, which will arrive on April 21 via Rough Trade. The Irish lads will make a trip across the pond to support the release with a string of North American live shows.
I hope the future EP gives as much energetic noise-rock as their cover of ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’
In the meantime put the food away and watch the video for ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’
You can read the tracklist for ’The Early Years’ below.
2. ‘De Bom Bom’
3. ‘I Love You’ (Beat Happening Cover)
4. ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ (Blawan Cover)
5. ‘The Cha Cha’
Words: Sophie Ward