Girls Against Boys' Bass-Powered Punk Proves '60 Is Greater Than 15'

D.C. post-hardcore vets return with 'The Ghost List' EP

Girls Against Boys 'The Ghost List' GVSB Ep Stream
From the cover of 'The Ghost List' by Girls Against Boys
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As much as we're loathe to cite a Wikipedia page, it's quite telling that Girls Against Boys' sidebar stats include a heading for notable instruments, under which you'll find the single entry, "2 basses." These D.C.-bred post-hardcore heroes don't skimp when it comes to the low end. Formed in 1988 with an assist from drummer Brendan Canty (who left to focus on a little project called Fugazi), they've always had a thing for nasty, gut-curdling noise. Though the quartet's last album came way back in 2002 (You Can't Fight What You Can't See), they pick right up with "60 Is Greater Than 15," from GVSB's September 24 Epitonic EP The Ghost List. The track opens with electronic hum and guitar thrum as sing-speaker Scott McCloud holds forth on "psychic thrills" and earthly cravings. The song's malicious and metallic angularity never gets old — it grinds and throbs and bobs and weaves right through to the end.

Girls Against Boys, The Ghost List track list:

1. "It's a Diamond Life"
2. "Fade Out"
3. "60 Is Greater Than 15"
4. "Let's Get Killed"
5. "Kick"

Girls Against Boys tour dates:

August 2 - Katowice, Poland @ OFF Festival
August 3 - Genk, Belgium @ Absolutely Free Festival
September 10 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott *#
September 11 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *#
September 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *#
September 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
December 1 - Cambersands, UK @ ATP: End of an Era
December 6 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
December 7 - Zagreb, HR @ TBA
December 8 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna

* with Coliseum
# special guest David Yow

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