Horsegirl: Billy 7″ (Matador, 2022)

April 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Horsegirl: Billy 7″

The first Matador single from this Chicago-based trio has a grungey shoegaze sound suggesting a long-buried Breeders song just seeing the light of day now, except the vocals are closer to spoken word, resembling current U.K. post-punk bands like Dry Cleaning. The B-side is a cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Pt. 2”, which fits perfectly with the band’s aesthetic. The band faithfully recreates the song’s driving but easygoing tempo, and they paraphrase Mike Watt’s lyrics about their lives being changed by punk rock, substituting their own names. Good cover, and it certainly makes for a nifty B-side, but the A-side slyly grabs your attention if you’re into noise-pop.

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