Girl Band Share ‘Going Norway’

August 23, 2019

Girl Band are excited to share ‘Going Norway’ the second single from their new album ‘The Talkies’, out on Rough Trade Records on September 27th.  ‘The Talkies’ is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’, of which Pitchfork wrote, “it’s hard to think of another guitar-based band conjuring fear this exhilarating and volume this rapturous.” Following on the heels of lead single ‘Shoulderblades’, ‘Going Norway’ debuted with a  Bob Gallagher directed music video for the track, and can be found streaming on all DSPs. A 7” vinyl version of the single is also out now. 

‘The Talkies’ was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox, and recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately manor  on the outskirts of Dublin. “In many ways,” says band member Alan Duggan, “the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the manor home.” The space became Girl Band’s sonic playground as the members worked to adjust to the house’s corners and textures to create the soundscape of the record.”  

Dara comments, “‘Going Norway’ was actually one of the first tracks we finished but the melody actually comes from a track that I wrote about 8 years ago. I saved that melody and brought it up when I didn’t have any ideas left, I was also doing a lot of mindfulness mediation around the time of it, so lyrically I decided not to use any pronouns within ‘Going Norway’ and the whole album – that came about when I came across this quote from the Buddha which was ’Nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine’ – and I removed all that in a way to kind of find an abstract world to live in.”

‘In Going Norway’, we hear the mimicry of Dara’s vocal to Alan’s guitar coming close to a moan, both simultaneously reaching outside of the confines of Adam’s steady, flitting snare sound: “And Why/ Is the Death/ So Alive?”.  The track pushes and pulls against itself, and the emotion is felt within this combative movement and the elongation of vowels – the intensive repetition to the point of abstraction results in a violent discrepancy between language and meaning, as Dara draws attention instead to the way the mouth moves and how sound is formed.

Album Track List
Going Norway
Couch Combover
Salmon of Knowledge
Prefab Castle

Pre-order/pre-save ‘The Talkies’ here:


Oct 2nd – Chicago – Beat Kitchen 
Oct 4th – Allston, MA – Great Scott 
Oct 5th – Philly, PA – Boot and Saddle 
Oct 6th – Washington, DC – Songbyrd, DC
Oct 8th – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere 
Nov 2nd – Manchester – Academy 2
Nov 5th – London – Electric Ballroom
Nov 7th – Brussels – Botanique (Sold Out)
Nov 8th – Utrecht – Le Guess Who? 2019 
Nov 12th – Berlin – Bi Nuu
Nov 14th – Paris – La Maroquinerie 
Nov 22nd – Dublin – Vicar Street (Sold Out)
Nov 23rd – Dublin – Vicar Street 

Photo Credit: Richard Gilligan  

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