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Animal Farm: Let’s revisit Girl Band’s creepy “Paul” video

Animal Farm: In honor of Halloween, let’s revisit a pleasant video from noise punk group Girl Band.

Girl Band’s videos are almost always incendiary, so disturbing images from a fake kids’ TV show is business as usual for them.

Director Bob Gallagher talked about his inspiration for Girl Band’s video for “Paul,” and it involves Big Bird:

While I was researching I watched a documentary about Big Bird and there’s a line in where Carol Spinney says that a woman was complimenting his performance but that she couldn’t see that inside the costume he was crying. It’s quite tragic. I think everyone has experiences of having to put on an outward expression, and feeling trapped, so Paul’s costume is a visual extension of that. He’s inside the suit, at a distance from everybody around him, but wearing this absurd smile that’s totally false to what’s going on inside.

If the video is meant to illustrate how people’s hidden thoughts are closer than we think, then Gallagher was successful. “Paul,” in the girl-pig suit in the video, manages a smile at co-workers, but in the dressing room he looks morbid. Seeing his eyes through the pig’s nostril is just creepy on so many levels. Just be glad “Sunrise Farm” is not a real kids’ show.

As the song progresses, it gets darker and more sinister, with a creeping bass line that keeps regurgitating and a building drum beat that signals something wicked’s coming.

As the video continues, Paul seems to be losing his mind, dancing with chickens and foxes, and doing the same activities day after day. The only difference is, he’s getting more drunk and high. It does not end well for him.

“Holding Hands With Jamie” was out Sept. 25 on Rough Trade.

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Girl Band’s debut “Holding Hands With Jamie” out Sept. 25

Irish post-punk outfit Girl Band just finished recording their debut in April, fresh off their U.S. tour — seven tracks were laid down in less than two days.

girl_band_holding_hands_with_jamieThe band has wasted no time: “Holding Hands With Jamie” will be out in September.

Girl Band recently made waves with their creepy video and cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage,” and the band’s following has quickly grown.

The band’s album teaser is a pretty good indicator of the intensity they can reach and what we can expect from the new album.

Girl Band’s debut is out Sept. 25 on Rough Trade– they set out on another U.S. tour in November and December.

The group put out a message on their website yesterday:

We’re very excited to announce details of our debut album – “Holding Hands with Jamie”

The album was recorded in Dublin in Bowlane Studios and features 9 tracks -all previously unrecorded. We had a lot of fun doing this and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

It will be released on the 25th Sept through Rough Trade Records. There will be a ltd first edition pressing on yellow vinyl available only in Indie record stores and the Rough Trade Webstore. the first 250 online pre-orders will receive a ltd edition hand stamped photobook of us recording the record.

Also very happy to announce a number of new dates in France, Belfast and our first trip to Russia.

girl_band2_The tracklist is below:

1. Umbongo
2. Pears for Lunch
3. Baloo
4. In Plastic
5. Paul
6. The Last Riddler
7. Texting an Alien
8. Fucking Butter
9. The Witch Doctor

Girl Band tour dates:

25/09 Bar Sub w/Paddy Hanna, Belfast, UK
27/09 16 Tons, Moscow, RU
1/10 Roisin Dubh w/Paddy Hanna, Galway, IE
2/10 Dolans Warehouse w/Paddy Hanna, Limerick, IE
3/10 The Pavillion w/Paddy Hanna, Cork, IE
6/10 100 Club w/Prom, London, UK
8/10 Almo2bar, Barcelona, ES
9/10 Villa Manuela Fest, Madrid, ES
10/10 Mucho Flow Fest, Guimares, PT
11/10 ZBD, Lisbon, PT
12/10 Lata de Zinc, Oviedo, ES
13/10 Dabadaba, San Sebastian, ES
16/10 Keroxen Fest, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ES
17/10 Covo Club, Bologna, IT
18/10 Bad Bonn, Dudingen, SW
20/10 Autumn Falls Fest Botanique Rotunde w/Fist City, Brussels, BE
21/10 Autumn Falls Fest, De Kreun w/Fist City, Kortrijk, BE
22/10 ACU w/Fist City, Utrecht, NL
23/10 VII w/Fist City, Rotterdam, NL
24/10 Vera, Gronigen, NL
24/10 Lets get Lost, Zwolle, NL
26/10 Ubel and Gefahrlich, Hamburg, DE
27/10 Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
28/10 Ekko Fest, Bergen, Norway
30/10 TBC, Leipzig, DE
3/11 Patterns w/ Prom, Brighton, UK
4/11 Soup Kitchen w/ Prom, Manchester, UK
5/11 Nation of Shopkeepers w/ Prom, Leeds, UK
7/11 Button Factory w/Paddy Hanna, Dublin, IE
10/11 Le 106, Rouen, FR
13/11 Le Trinitaires, Metz, FR
14/11 La Peniche, Lille, FR

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