Presumably recorded before a couple of key band members decamped abroad, this blast of righteous rage is Girobabies latest release.
Beginning with a sarcastic “I’m ready” from lead singer Mark, the guitars are turned up to 11 while bass and drums throb with energy. “The toon is deid, this city is deid – I’m raging” shouts Mark over the general din – the whole thing reminds BM of ‘Dead Cities’ by The Exploited, which actually got them onto Top of The Pops all those decades ago. There is a blizzard of frustration – “why do we bother?” – as Mark goes on the explain “this is not my first rodeo, this is my second rodeo” and asks if the city really does have a curse. Which city is he referring to? Is it the Dear Green Place?
Things slow down in the middle as anger turns to resignation – “I don’t want to die in the countryside… so close, just hit the post…”
But it is only temporary as Mark shouts something about being a “post-punk labarador” and we’re off again with more choruses before a final “this place is getting worse”.
A pretty accurate state of the nation address for early 2024 from one of Glasgow’s finest acts – essential listening, readers.