Girls Against Boys
It's been four years since Girls Against Boys released Freak*on*ica, a weird hardwiring of indie-punk abrasion and big-budget techno. While that album polarized the band's fan base, its new release, You Can't Fight What You Can't See, returns GvsB to the post-Killing Joke/Scratch Acid school from which it was graduated. But not without a twist: Besides boasting the most powerful production of the band's six-album oeuvre, You Can't Fight is also the catchiest batch of misanthropic disco-punk anthems since Gang of Four's Entertainment.
Girls Against Boys began in the mid-'80s as the edgy D.C. post-hard-core group Soulside. Besides sharing a zip code and a record company with Dischord Records' legendary Fugazi, Soulside sought to create a similar amalgam of dub-fucked rhythms and mangled guitars. After regrouping as Girls Against Boys in 1990, the band migrated to New York City and began tinkering with mutant forms of synth-and-sample-driven hard-core.
After an unhappy indenture with Geffen Records, GvsB is now signed to the renowned independent Jade Tree, and the band's new record is a raw hunk of bludgeoning industrial, slinky sensuality and pure pop that references everyone from Big Black to Psychedelic Furs. In concert, the band utterly annihilates; the inherent conflict of this group's live show is not so much "girls versus boys" as it is "you versus pissing your pants." We recommend wearing black.
Girls Against Boys
Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe
Scheduled to perform on Wednesday, September 18. Showtime is 8 p.m.
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