When you're golden -- Golden Grrrrls -- monikers carry weight
As I mentioned to MacLean during our chat from his London flat, the best part about their releases so far is the initial confusion of not being able to immediately identify inspirations. The first three tracks on the new album, "New Pop," "Past Tense," and "Paul Simon," all follow disparate patterns, and they expand and contract as the album deepens, like a mixtape of just one band.
"That's cool that there's comparisons to lots of different bands,though" MacLean tells me. "We all listen to lots of different types of music; it's not like we just listen to indie pop and are then like 'right, lets start an indie pop band!' I think you'd just make really boring music if that was your attitude."
"The number of awful indie bands in the UK that still, in this day and age, sound like Oasis is testament to that."
While the trio was recording the debut record, MacLean says he was listening a lot to the reissue of David Kilgour's Here Comes the Cars (Flying Nun), Arthur Russell's band, the Necessaries, the Feelies, and early REM. It's possible he was also listening to Slumberland labelmates, Veronica Falls (www.veronicafalls.com), who again, are headlining that Rickshaw show.
The two groups know each other well. They've played a smattering of shows together, and a few members of each band worked at a bar-cafe-venue in Glasgow called Mono. (There's a record shop in there too, called Monorail, where Golden Grrrl's Rodgers still works.)
Veronica Falls, often described as "goth pop," also recently released a new record, Waiting for Something to Happen — the follow up to 2011's emotional rollercoaster self-titled debut. That first record, which opened with deliciously moody "Found Love In A Graveyard" was a melancholy pop masterpiece.
Recently, the four piece — lead by vocalist-guitarist Roxanne Clifford — has caught some heat for straightaway repeating its winning formula, to which I say, so? If it works, and it makes me feel something deep, something uneasy and fidgety and romantic, why fight it?
In a more positive review, Waiting for Something to Happen was described as "the work of an undead '60s girl group," which stood out to me as the ideal combination, like if the Angels' '63 song "My Boyfriend's Back" had instead been about a zombie lover in a leather jacket, revving up his motorcycle (as with the schlocky '90s film of the same name, which I had completely forgotten about until this idea popped up).
Like your deepest, darkest fears and nightmares bubbling to the surface, encased in industrial noise and bleeding from the ears, grave-wave Bay Area act Moira Scar has released a new record, Scarred for Life, on SF label Resipiscent Records. Like Babyland meets the Locust meets some operatic singers of the post-apocalypse, Moira Scar will celebrate the release of said record at Cafe Du Nord's monthly Dark Room night, a "queer and straight-friendly dance party" geared toward dark electro, industrial, punk, and goth bands. With Lady Bear and Her Dark Dolls, DJ Necromos, Le Perv, Omar Perez.
Sat/23, 9:30pm, $7. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. www.cafedunord.com