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Rote Sonne & Subkultura present: GIRLS AGAINST BOYS - Support: FANTE´S DUST + MINATORE

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“Their songs are mostly combinations of three or four killer riffs and a

juggernautlike groove” Rolling Stone

“the great ’90s post-hardcore thud-masters” Stereogum

“A pathbreaking hard-rock opus that plays like one long money shot”

SPIN #5 Top album of the Year.





Seminal post-hardcore band Girls Against Boys are celebrating the 25th anniversary of

the release of their critically acclaimed album House of GVSB with a double-vinyl

re-issue of the album via Touch and Go Records. Set for release this winter, side A and

B are the original album remastered in 2021 by Bob Weston (Shellac). Sides C and D

feature odds and ends from the band’s 90s era work including b-sides, singles,

compilation tracks, and a previously unreleased recording. Sign up for the Touch and Go

Records newsletter to stay up to date on preorder information for the release of House Of

GVSB 25th anniversary reissue here:

Girls Against Boys are also excited to announce their first US tour since 2013. The band

will be playing songs from across their entire catalog and the shows kick off on February

4 in Milwaukee, WI and conclude in Los Angeles on February 19. Along the way they

make stops in Chicago, NYC, and Washington DC, among other cities. The full tour is

listed below with European dates to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale on Friday,

August 13 at 10AM local times and will be available at

Girls Against Boys (GVSB) first recorded in 1988 as a studio project before evolving into

a full-time band in the early ’90s. All four members (Scott McCloud, guitars/lead vocals;

Eli Janney, keyboards/bass/backing vocals; Johnny Temple, bass; and Alexis Fleisig,

drums) were participants in Washington, DC’s punk music scene. From the start, GVSB

utilized an unusual mixture of instrumentation for a band with punk roots, including

keyboards, samples, as well as two bass players on many songs.

After an EP (featuring fellow DC musicians Brendan Canty and Amy Pickering) and a

full-length LP on Jeff Nelson’s Adult Swim label, the band fully relocated to New York City

and soon joined the roster of Touch and Go Records, with a handshake agreement to do

three albums together. Upon the release of their critically acclaimed Venus Luxure No. 1

Baby album in 1993, GVSB embarked on seemingly endless rounds of touring in the US

and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Fugazi, Helmet, The Jesus Lizard, and


The following year Touch and Go Records released Cruise Yourself, and the band once

again found themselves touring the world. This time the audiences also consisted of

representatives of every major record label, all trying to sign the band.

“It started to be one of the main things we’d talk about in the van: do we really consider

signing to a major label or not?” McCloud remembers. “Finally it became clear that

although we had a lot of trepidation, it was something we were probably going to do.”

McCloud called Corey Rusk from Touch and Go Records from a truck-stop payphone to

discuss the situation. GVSB then decided to honor the handshake agreement and

release its next album on TG before releasing anything with one of the major labels.

House of GVSB was that final record for the label. (The next album was on

Geffen/Universal, who won the bidding war.)

Recorded in 1995 at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, with producer Ted Niceley at the helm,

House of GVSB captures the four-piece at the zenith of its musical prowess. Among other

dynamics, the album has a simmering anxiety throughout, a kind of vertigo, a taste of

what the band was actually experiencing at the time.

About the LP and the lead track, “Super-fire,” SPIN said: “A fast metal-chime guitar riff

(like a snippet of Big Black or Killing Joke) repeats four times, then heavy drums surge in

along with two thick bass lines, the guitar switches to a sticky wah-wah drip, and Scott

McCloud adds his flat speak/sing (like Mark E Smith of the Fall, but under light lyrical

control), mouthing “nothing satisfies” with enough pump and angle that the sentiment isn’t

hackneyed—just another needle under your skin. The 40 minutes that follow these 40

seconds feature multiple surges just as utterly convincing, it’s the biggest, most

contemporary-sounding, and physically enticing hard rock anyone is offering right now.”

Additional lyrics on “Super-fire” include French idioms about losing one’s mind: “nothing

in the lemon” (rien dans les citrons) and “spiders on the ceiling” (araignées au plafond).

These phrases—which McCloud stumbled upon while on tour in France—contribute to

the sense of alienation, bewilderment, and fascination on the album.

“The Kinda Mzk You Like,” with its funky drums and two basses, describes a fictional

meeting of nightlife revelers on an imaginary dance floor. “Disco 666” and “Vera Cruz” up

the ante on electronic instrumentation: dance music played by live guitars, basses,

keyboards, and drums. The album closer, “Zodiac Love Team,” provides a flickering

soundtrack to an imaginary film, taut with menace, implied violence, fear, and yes, a

certain touch of beauty.

Girls Against Boys released Freakonica (Geffen,1998) and You Can’t Fight What You

Can’t See (Jade Tree, 2002) before calling a hiatus from recording in 2003. GVSB has

periodically re-emerged for touring stints (most notably for an EP in 2013 The Ghost List)

and all of the band members remain active in musical and artistic pursuits: Johnny

Temple founded his publishing company Akashic Books, Eli Janney currently plays

keyboards in the 8G Band on “Late Night with Seth Myers”, Alexis Fleisig has taken his

photographing skills to new levels, as well as drumming for the likes of Obits and Bellini,

and also plays in Paramount Styles, together with Scott McCloud, who now lives in

Vienna, Austria.

House of GVSB remains probably their most favorite album.


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