New Girl One And The Grease Guns album enroute

The eclectic electronic wonders are back with their own take on appliance with science…

If there’s one grassroots act that we’ve enjoyed in recent times, it’s Girl One And The Grease Guns. Their earlier compilation release The Strange Little Lines That Humans Draw In The Dust, demonstrated a love for ’60s girl groups along with a ‘garage punk’ aesthetic that lent the music a raw, energetic quality.

Girl One’s members maintain a cryptic quality with their identities being revealed as Sissy Space Echo, Warren Betamax, Charles Bronson Burner, Bruce LeeFax (with occasional assistance from John Cassette-vetes). Their manifesto remains true to the spirit of “causing confusion with a mixture of pure synth pop and more experimental electronic sounds”.

Now the electronic outfit’s first proper album is due for release this July. Night Of The Living Electrical Appliances continues their bid for Longest Album Title in Electronic Music (and also not a band you’d want to go up against in a game of Scrabble) with 12 brand new tracks of eclectic goodness.

The original concept for the album, which was recorded at their own studio The Glass Factory, was a triple album. However, the Girl One gang decided that wasn’t such a great idea after all – and in fact they’re not keen on the idea of albums at all (their earlier output was all via 7” vinyl singles). But the tracks that they’d accumulated just screamed out to be included on a full length album.

Night Of The Living Electrical Appliances continues the Girl One And The Grease Guns approach to writing and recording. They’ve stated that the new material mixes “pure electro-pop with more experimental, darker sounding tracks”. As a result, the album boasts pop elements on tracks such as ‘He’s A Replicant’, ‘She’s A Calculator’ and ‘Emergency (Dial 999)’. But their more experimental side is evident on the likes of ‘Telegraph Street’, ‘Mute Your Gums’ and the eerie album closer ‘(She Sits) In The Freezer’.

The new tracks were influenced by a suitably diverse range of influences, including Cabaret Voltaire, Silicon Teens, and Crash Course In Science, as well as early Depeche Mode and The Human League.

The first 50 copies will also be available in a limited edition tin box, complete with artwork by Jon Aldersea at Goldphone Creative Media. All copies sold after that will be standard CD jewel case with booklet.

Night Of The Living Electrical Appliances is released on 19th July on Next Phase : Normal Records and is available to pre-order now from the Squirrel Records website (

GIRL ONE & THE GREASE GUNS Hitting The Brick Wall

Having already engaged our curiosity with their previous release ‘Jessica 6’, Girl One And The Grease Guns have returned with a new single release entitled ‘(Here Come) The Catastrophe Machines’.

Making good on their manifesto for “causing confusion with a mixture of pure synth pop and more experimental electronic sounds”, the latest offering delivers a chaotic wall of noise, painting a chilling vision of dystopia, further illustrated by a rapid-fire video of sequences culled from a variety of arresting visual images from nuclear tests and slasher films to Dr Who.

However, secreted away on the B-side is a surprising gem of pure pop goodness titled ‘Hitting The Brick Wall’, which continues Girl One And The Grease Guns’ talent for crafting compelling electronic tunes.

‘Hitting The Brick Wall’ pulls together a percussive rhythm, driving bass and captivating organ melody, while the lyrics deal with themes of frustration and despair. It’s a combination that suggests everything from early era OMD to 60s girl groups with the layered harmonics of the vocals (delivered by the cryptically named Sissy Space Echo) also recalling more recent outfits such as The Pipettes. It’s no surprise that the band have claimed they’re drawing inspiration from the classic synthpop era of the ’70s/’80s, but their material appears to swerve neatly around the nostalgia porn that lesser electronic acts tend to fall into.

The video accompanying ‘Hitting The Brick Wall’ is a wonderful slice of ’60s exploitation cinema featuring Mimsy Farmer dancing away under the influence of acid, adding an intriguing visual counterpoint to the song’s pop sensibilities.

As an electronic band, Girl One And The Grease Guns remain an enigmatic outfit with no concrete details on the real brains behind the tunes. But that cryptic element only adds to the appeal and they’re clearly going to be both puzzling and delighting audiences for some time to come.

‘(Here Come) The Catastrophe Machines’/’Hitting The Brick Wall’ is released on by Squirrel Records as 7 inch vinyl single and download 13th November 2013.