In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I only liked it more and more as each of it 40 minutes of simple but effective rock kicked and punched its way through my headphones.”
The band; Hard Girls. The album; A Thousand Surfaces. My prior knowledge of who they are and what they do before listing; None.
A simple, driving riff that can be repeated ad nauseam is a great way to kick things off, and that’s exactly what Hard Girls deliver with The Quark. Even better, when the vocals arrive, they deliver that same kind of simple, driving attitude. It’s rock and roll at its most basic and most effective. Things get a little more indie and angular on Sign of the Dune, but the chorus betrays just as much stripped back rock at the song’s core, for one minute and 43 seconds of unrelenting cool.
Slowing things down, the tempo is the only thing reduced on Die Slow. There’s still just as much oomph and impact here, while not being quite as in your face as the opening quartet. Onto Plan and Flying Dream, and A Thousand Surfaces is delivering a real Japandoids vibe. These dudes know when they’re instruments and voices have done enough to get the job done, and they never layer anything superfluous crap on top to show how tricky they can be. Hard Girls are kind of the anti-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, or anti-Radiohead. (more…)