Brighton based Stranger Girl return with their brand new EP full of foot stomping indie pop rock.
Released: 18th June 2021
Label: Self Release
It would be fair to say that Stranger Girl wear their influences on their sleeve. As you navigate Black Hole Radio you will no doubt point to bands like Wolf Alice, Blondie and The Strokes. There are also licks of Britpop stalwarts Echobelly, Lush and Elastica along more contemporary acts like Milk Teeth.
The guitars have a funky edge to them throughout. In addition to this there are towering power chords and subtle melodies that help the sun shine that little brighter. Bad Side has a cool little solo in its closing strains that adds a little variety to the melodies.
With the guitars providing their power, there is a great chemistry with the rhythm section. The bass and drum propel each track with aplomb. Damage has a driving rhythm with pop sensibilities in abundance; funky shimmering guitar and an insanely catchy vocal make for an aural treat.
Musically, Stranger Girl have power. The sucker punch comes from the aforementioned vocals though. There is chaos and charm in every line that is sung. With that, there is a real range of vocal styles that will seep into your synapses to make this EP truly enjoyable.
From the off, Black Hole Radio hit you hard. Guilty Games is an attention seeker at the start of the EP and if you’re in, Powerhouse follows telling a story of dreamed romanticism, chasing fantasy and battling self-doubt. The chorus of Powerhouse is to die for. You can envisage a crowded festival field on a sun drenched afternoon, drinks flowing and words being belted out by a crowd.
Stranger Girl are a band to keep an eye on; if they keep putting music out like this, they will be bothering many an indie dancefloor.
Listen to Damage from Stranger Girl below.
Categories: EP Review