- 06 Jun 19
The band have also announced a headline gig at Vicar Street in November.
Drop everything, Girl Band's new single, 'Shoulderblades', is out now and gift-wrapped in a music video.
The track is an insight into their new album, The Talkies, set for release later this year on September 27.
The whirring snare of guitars in 'Shoulderblades' are akin to an air raid siren, alongside urgent vocals and jittering percussion, the new single is a return to form for the Dublin band.
The upcoming album was recorded back in November 2018 in a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin, band-member Alan Duggan believed that “in many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house”.
Band-member and producer of the album, Daniel Fox, explained how they used the vast corridors and eery architecture to develop a world within its own for the album.
"We recorded all the drums twice," said Daniel. "Once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.”
Their last tour was sadly cut short due to medical reasons, which saw the band members taking a berth from writing music together.
However this allowed them to grow their own individual sound and come back and merge them into one, creating something entirely new.
The video for 'Shoulderblades' is directed by long-time collaborator Bob Gallagher, it features lone dancer Oona Doherty thrashing around a spacious room, the backdrop light flicking from blue to red, reflecting the emotions within the song.
Gallagher's previous work with the band won him Best Irish Music Video at the Cork Film Festival and was nominated for best director at the 2016 Berlin Music Video awards.
“I think it’s a real testament to the creative spirit of the band that they encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and attempt to make something with no props or set dressing or conventional narrative, and to try and articulate an idea with dance and movement," said Bob.
On Oona, Bob "couldn’t imagine any other dancer being able to bring that combination of beauty and violence to the video. The idea grew out of Dara’s reference to the character of Ed Mordake, a man with two faces, so duality was a major theme."
"It was interesting for me to see how well dance allows an idea to live in the abstract so it can remain very open. It can mean what it means to the band, and also what it means to Oona and to myself. Hopefully that translates in a way that people watching it can find something in it to relate to, strange as it may be." he continued.
Girl Band are headlining Vicar Street on November 22, tickets are on sale this Friday from 9am on Ticketmaster.
They also announced a short European and US tour including a London date at Camden’s Electric Ballroom on November 5. Pre-sale for Manchester and London dates to be held next week.
Their 2015 debut album Holding Hands With Jamie was lauded by critics and music fans alike and dubbed Irish Debut Album of The Year by Hot Press.