Did they get their name from the Rolling Stones record or from the Smiths song? Based on the sound of debut All My Friends Are Going Death, either would be appropriate for this supergroup from California, comprised of members of Give Up the Ghost, Unbroken, Over My Dead Body and the Locust. Unrelenting drum blasts, 100 mph guitars, vocals screamed right into your face, and nonstop energy takes what the Stones did and kicks it up a notch. Some Girls — part pure power and chaos, part emotion and compassion — mixes the Stones’ raw attitude and rock ‘n’ roll mentality with Morrissey’s heart.
Composed of an all-star hardcore line up, Some Girls incorporates a little bit of its member’s previous bands into their sound. Wes Eisold of Give Up the Ghost (American Nightmare) is on vocals. He teamed up with Rob Moran of Unbroken and Over My Dead Body and Justin Pearson of the Locust and Swing Kids. The resulting sound falls somewhere between ’77-style punk and grindcore. It’s fast and simple, very heavy at times with crazed vocals.
The chaotic, abrasive style of Some Girls is reminiscent of Pearson’s past work, and his high pitched backing vocals are unmistakable. Eisold’s lyrics are consistent with what he has done with Give Up the Ghost. They are dark, violent and self-destructive, yet heartfelt and passionate. He bears a lot with his lyrics and delivers them so powerfully that they feel honest, not trite.
All My Friends are Going Death is a collection of everything that Some Girls has recorded to date. The record consists of The Rains and The Blues seven-inches, both previously recorded, as well as their demos. It has new tracks too, so it’s worth picking up even if you own what they’ve already put out. Every song on this record is short and sweet, exactly how this style of music was meant to be played, with the longest song clocking in at just over a minute and a half. A hidden track, a cover of the Stooges, makes this record feel complete. Some Girls defiantly embody Iggy Pop’s vision of what rock music was meant to be.