GIRL AFRAID are a four-piece alternative rock / emo tinged band from Windsor, who manage to incorporate fleeting hardcore influences in their music. With these component parts to their music, it’s perhaps easy to see why some comparisons have been made with the likes of Kids in Glass Houses.
This three-track EP is good, honest, modern rock that follows the convention of rising and falling periods of pace and intensity, with big anthemic choruses the order of the day. Opening track ‘Believe What Comes Next’ somehow fails to live up to its promise however. I think that overall it seems to lack belief in itself as a song. The instruments seem a little subdued and the vocals lack conviction. Which is a shame, because the song could be really punchy and turned into something quite a bit more powerful with just a little more enthusiasm. (Hark at me….the bloke who can’t play a note on any instrument!)
‘The Many Moods Of Larry David’ has a sharper point to it. It buzzes around a bit more and the chorus has a comforting familiar sound to it, with the ‘woah oh-ah-oh’ hooks conforming to the accepted generic requirements for this type of song.
Final title ‘When This Is All Over, We’ll Just Shake Hands And Say Goodbye’ is a song in itself! It’s the heaviest sounding of the three and probably my favourite.
A nice introduction to GIRL AFRAID whose debut album should be given its UK release in the Spring of 2011. But is it much different to what’s out there at the moment? Hmmmm?!
(Released on a download basis only – 6th December 2010)
(7 / 10)