A few weeks ago, I casually mentioned that the sound that blasts across the Bay of Fundy has slowing changed from post-Sloan anthems and fiddle jams to swampy, garage riffs and distorted pop. When you consider bands like Outtacontroller, Cousins, Dog Day, and Long Weekends you realize it’s an embarrassment of skuzzy, scrappy riches down here in Canada’s Ocean playground.
The latest name you can add to the list is Virgil’s Girls. The new, self-titled debut cassette is full of hiss and vinegar (as the band experiments pop, punk and garage riffage) but there’s enough sunshine buried in the mix to demand repeat listens.
The cassette starts with a bang. “Tongue” is only two minutes but the infectious riff jump starts the listen and “Burn Out” keeps the energy up. At just ten-minutes, the listen cassette will drive your auto-reversing Sony Sports crazy, but the closing number, “Harsh Wind” is the band’s strongest. It may start with the type of bitter cold that makes you curse your life, but the oohs and guitar slowly transform the sentiment into something much more enjoyable and warm.
MP3:: Virgil’s Girls - Harsh Wind