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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Girls Against Boys
You Can't Fight What You Can't See
Jade Tree

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
In 1994 the Washington DC based outfit Girls Against Boys released their third album, which was the first for Touch and Go, Venus Luxure No.1 Baby was a perfect album from beginning to end, and one of the best of that decade.

Unfortunately for Girls Against Boys, they found the record seemingly impossible to follow. 1995's and 1996's underrated Cruise Yourself and House Of GVSB, respectively, were two solid albums that found themselves haunted by the greatness of Venus Luxure No.1 Baby, and by the time Girls Against Boys had released 1998's Freakonica, it was clear that they had fallen into the trap of trying to do to much on their major label debut, only to come off sounding like a parody of themselves. Now after a four year break, and various side projects, Girls Against Boys come out swingin' with You Can't Fight What You Can't See, the album that finds them returning to an independent label.

From the opening of the record we are instantly hit with the one-two punch of the adrenaline-fueled "Basstation" and the chunky "All the Rage" - two of the best songs you've ever heard from Girls Against Boys. With dueling bass thumps, pummeling drum smacks, sinister synth tones, and Scott McCloud's sparse, gravely, vocals, Girls Against Boys continue to use our ears as punching bags on "300 Looks for the Summer," "Tweaker," and "Miami Skyline." Once the poppy-but-rocking "BFF" and "Kicking the Lights" come around and you think it's safe to come up for air, the beat down quickly resumes with "One Perfect Thing"
and "The Come Down."

With You Can't Fight What You Can't See Girls Against Boys have resurfaced after the killer independent-major-independent cycle to kick our ass with their best material since the mighty Venus Lux. Perfect for fans of classic GVSB, Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Filter, and The Firebird Band.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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