Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Return Of Girlband

Those tragic bitches from Girlband are back and, surprisingly, their latest single isn't that terrible at all! In fact, "Electric" is actually rather fabulous. For those (ie. most of the nation) who missed the (still-)birth of Girlband last year, they were the result of a brief reality series that ran on Channel Ten. Patrice, Jessica, Renee Armstrong and Renee Bargh were thrown together to form a girlband and then filmed recording their first single, the stunningly awful "Party Girl". Given the quality of "Party Girl", a #43 chart placing isn't really that bad. However, I suspect that would have been the end of Girlband if the Young Divas' debut album hadn't surprised everyone by remaining in the top 10 over the busy Christmas sales period. Sony have obviously realised that pop can still be profitable and thus poured significantly more money and effort into this single.

"Electric" is a staggering improvement on "Party Girl". This is a pumping electro anthem which should be dragging poofs to the dancefloor for months to come! The new club sound suits the band and their vocals are as impressive as ever. I've only heard "Electric" on the radio a couple of times, so it will be interesting to see how the single performs on the charts. Hopefully Girlband can emulate some of the Young Divas' success. I'd love to see a pop revival in Australia. I've uploaded the album version of "Electric", which is slightly different to the excellent radio edit. I'm so excited that there will actually be an album! The release date is still a mystery but the title is apparently going to be "Coming Out Fighting".

If you like what you hear, you can purchase the single from Chaos, Sanity or iTunes. The single includes a couple of fierce Kam Denny remixes and Girlband's contribution to "Songs Of Hope & Journey", an interesting cover of "By Your Side". The girls also have a glamorous new website, which is worth checking out.

6 comments:

Poster Girl said...

Ooo, it just throbs, doesn't it? I like it! I think I need to go bribe a DJ...

Trash Addict said...

It's a grower - I like it more every time I hear it. I just can't believe what a vast improvement it is on Party Girl.

PS. Bribe a DJ for me while you're there!

Claire said...

But...you know that my love of Australian girlbands only extends to one!

I spend all my bribe money getting Take It From Me put on the karaoke machines!

Alyson

Adem IAR said...

Farting into a microphone is a vast improvement on "Party Girl" though. That said, this is actually pretty good.

That said, I'm not sure anyone actually knows who they are. Last year at the Rogue Traders concert they were a support act. One of them was absent from the gig, apparently she was bed ridden with an STD or somewhat. Anyway, almost everyone in the front row were asking their friends "who the fuck are they?". I tried explaining the whole "they have their own reality tv show!" thing but it fell upon deaf ears.

Trash Addict said...

I agree about "Party Girl". It was truly shit. However, I think "Electric" is totally fabulous. I can't believe it missed the top 50 altogether!

Adem IAR said...

Worrying seeing as about 5 sales gets you into the top 50 singles charts these days.

Sanity have a LOT to answer for...