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Now Hear This: Girls in Synthesis | Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future

I'm still getting caught up on all the good albums I missed last week. Like this one.

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THE PRESS RELEASE: “Following a steady stream of ultra-limited 7” singles that were collated together in 2019 for the Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018, Girls In Synthesis’ highly anticipated debut album arrives with the first bitter taste of screeching feedback, tribal drums and unbridled rage that is exactly the shot in the arm and the boot up the arse this nation, if not the world, needs right now. “In both music and lyrical content this song sets out to capture the unrelenting pressures of living in the modern world,” explains vocalist and guitarist Jim. “The pressures and expectations of which ‘they’ force upon you — with the apparent realisation that you will never be what they want you to be. “Pressure, the twist of the gut, as one door opens another fucking shuts” Since forming in late 2016, Girls In Synthesis have quickly forged a fearsome reputation as one of the most exciting and volatile live acts in London. In equal parts frantic, considered, ear-splitting and melodic, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house; artwork, videos, performances and recordings are created entirely by the group and their handful of trusted collaborators, under a bedrock of heavy, bludgeoning, dark, post-punk. Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future finds the band advancing their sound, making subtle but experimental shifts in texture and tone, helping to break free from the shackled straight-jacket of punk rock that, to be fair, never really held them down in the first place. Across the album’s 10 songs, Girls In Synthesis explore a wide range of sensations and sounds. The album detonates into life with opening track Arterial Movements in a screeching flurry of over-driven guitar and hammering drums. The contrast between the slow, mesmerising look into aging and dying in Human Frailty (‘The realisation that you cannot halt their impending death’), to the aggressive attack on the rise of the right-wing in They’re Not Listening (‘The time-old tradition of the right wing accosting desperate working class people has returned’) shows a wide range of subjects and reactions aggressively tackled. Mental health in a fast-moving, unforgiving world, media control, the divide widening between the have and the have nots, the class divide, the blaming of the poor, NHAEFYF bristles with an unforgiving frustration and temper. In their few years of existence, fans and critics alike have been stunned by the band’s pure, visceral and punishing wall of sound, as well as applauding the group’s way of making a GIS show an all-inclusive experience; playing from within the crowd to create a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle. Witness the rise of one of the UK’s most original and unique underground bands.”