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Girls Against Boys: House of GvsB [Touch and Go, 1996]
Usually good bands choose meaningful monikers like Stereolab or Sammy or Rage Against the Machine. But how about Husker Du? The Pixies? Nirvana? Read into those trademarks whatever you want in retrospect, you were drawn to them by the way the attendant guitars etc. did their things. So take the name for the cheap attention-getting device it is. The main difference here is an attraction altogether less instantaneous and surefire--to a sound that's impressive but cold, suggesting the Fall as produced by Al Jourgensen or In Utero at a more primitive level of spiritual development. Of course, once it reveals its human frailty, its pleasures seem deeper as a result. Ain't retrospect grand? A-