Funny how band names seem to fall into trends. Over the years we’ve had the “Jesus” trend, the “Super” trend, a smattering of “Orange” bands, and of course the ever-expanding zoo of animal bands. And in the last year or so, it seems male musicians want to explore their feminine sides – or at least, name themselves as if they are. Of course there’s Greg Gillis and Girl Talk – but since every other music blog has posted his stuff, I’m not. So instead here are tracks from Girls, The Girls (not the same band), and Women. (And Parenthetical Girls.) No one in any of these bands is biologically female.
The Girls are not the same band as Girls (and online websites that drop articles can kiss it). Instead of being from San Francisco, they’re from Seattle, and given that their forthcoming album is called Yes No Yes No Yes No, they also are guilty of making web searches difficult. Their song is “Transfer Station,” and it’s probably my favorite of this bunch.
(Finally, here’s a cover by Parenthetical Girls of Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark’s “Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)” – which is not the same song as “Joan of Arc.” (I bother to write out the band’s name in full rather than use the convenient abbreviation “OMD” because the band’s first four or five albums are quite different from the rather fluffy synthpop of their later work: well worth checking out for some dark, moody, often experimental textures.) This version was originally released on obscure label Aagoo’s limited-edition picture single, but it’s more readily available from Pitchfork’s site – which is where I got it.)
And if anyone knows of any all-female bands named “Men,” or “The Boys,” or “Boys,” please let me know…
Girls “Lust for Life” (download, 2008)
The Girls “Transfer Station” (Yes No Yes No Yes No, 2008)
Women “Black Rice” (Women, 2008)
Parenthetical Girls “Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)” (limited-edition picture disc, 2008)