Church Girls - The Haunt
“With a double helix DNA of jagged guitar lines and strident vocal melodies, Philadelphia-based indie-rockers Church Girls are hitting all the sweet spots” — AltPress
“With Cycles’ fuzzy guitars and hard-driving drum beats, Church Girls manage to keep the garage rock sound alive without irony.”— Paste Magazine
“Sparkling indie rock from this Philly group that surrounds lithe vocal melodies with wreaths of guitar.”— Bandcamp
Church Girls—Philly’s emerging indie post-punk outfit—delivers urgent catharsis on The Haunt, providing “a glimmer of hope amidst nihilism,” says bandleader Mariel Beaumont. The record tackles themes of addiction and despondency in a poetic will to move forward towards healing and developing healthier habits.
The group has been busy since their last, critically acclaimed EP, Cycles. They’ve been featured at Paste Magazine & Daytrotter, Bandcamp (New & Notable), PopMatters & more, and touring extensively across the US, UK, Canada, and Europe.
The post-punk aggression of The Haunt combined with Beaumont’s undying ploy to “pour gasoline and burn everything in our wake (in order to rise from the ashes)” foster controlled anger in the name of sapping the noxious and unwelcome return of addiction. The title track’s bruising rhythms and arresting guitar melodies catapult Beaumont’s vocals to the edge of the album’s wry, indelible refrain: “I’m so sick of shoving dirt in a bottomless pit.” Replete with gang vocals, the band relishes their ability to let the dirt shower over musty skeletons with dizzying guitars, subtle organ stabs and sticky bass figures. Consisting of Mariel Beaumont, Joseph Wright (guitar), Vince Vullo (bass), and Julien Varnier (drums), Church Girls conflate and implement fervor, breezing past the listener in all of one minute and 39 religious seconds. Church Girls make it wholly transparent, that they’re able to defeat mundanity and combat addiction by using their musical agility as a weapon, to snuff out meaninglessness, no quarter.
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