Girls Like Cigarettes, Beautiful Death Machines

girlslike_album.jpgFirst thing that made me rack my brain was the name of the band.   I was thinking to myself what does it mean and what the hell is the message or meaning behind Girls Liking Cigarettes!   Anyway, I hoped to find out as I listened to the album but unfortunately I still do not know why JUST GIRLS like smoking cigarettes.   The world may never know.   Maybe the message is that and best said by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men simply “You Can’t Handle the Truth!”   You pertaining to us on the whole and maybe that “US” or “U.S.” can’t handle the truth or wants to hear it.   Getting way too deep and philosophical–forgive me but the title of this band really makes me think!   How about some “Deep Thoughts” by SNL’s Jack Handey people!   Ha-ha

Girls Like Cigarettes include Joe Black on vocals and bass, Pat Fisher on guitar and Jeff Reed on drums.   Three members and just three songs on this record, how IRONIC!   “Don’t ya think?” (Morissette)   I noticed right away when taking in these three tracks that the sound was very distinct.   GLC offers a pop sensation, but with an off-beat, alternative side thanks in part to Black’s lyrics.   Alt-Pop would be the best way to describe the sound.

Listen up though because GLC and this album does not offer poppy happiness and sunshine–exact opposite as a matter of fact.   You’re not getting NSYNC or Backstreet Boys–You’re getting deep and purposeful, disturbing lines. Wishing his ex to be sucked into the propeller of a plane to Black chanting over and over that he wants to die seems out there for sure.   After hearing Black’s pain, hurt and loss expressed loud and clear–you just wanna give this guy a big HUG or somethin’!   lol

On a serious note, I now see what GLC was going for and they accomplished that.   Pop sound with a dark undertone is what you get.   With titles like, “Combustible You”, “Beautiful Death Machines” and “Everything Must Break” you can already get a sense of what to expect.   It’s almost like playing a trick on “Pop” by incorporating happy-go lucky phrases with horrid and dismal takes.   Very interesting and very different I must say, sound of its own.

I love the jam session feel of “Beautiful Death Machines” in the beginning.   You get that sense of just lay everything on the line and just jam the hell out.   Black, Reed and Fisher really came together on this track and showed their wonderful band chemistry.   Overall, I wasn’t really feelin’ this short set of songs, but maybe it will take me a few listens.   Who knows, maybe I will finally found out WHY GIRLS LIKE CIGARETTES!!

Definitely a band to watch out for on the Alternative scene, so keep your eyes out for Girls Like Cigarettes.   SKOPE it out for yourself and see if you can’t figure out the riddle because I sure as hell can’t—yet.  

By Jimmy Rae

[Rating: 3/5]

  2 comments for “Girls Like Cigarettes, Beautiful Death Machines

  1. Shaun
    January 25, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    The role of a music journalist is to expound on the minute details of music and it’s creators. This can involve what you describe as the inane. In our current musical world we are confronted with puzzling band names like Vampire Weekend, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, Animal Collective, The Asteroid Galaxy Tour and even far more bizarre names. I don’t think pontificating on band names is all that uncommon or irrelevant. Certainly knowing the meaning behind a band name also helps in understanding the band’s character – are they irreverant or ironic, or are they plaintive, or serious. What’s in a name right? I think a great deal can be. A journalist has the license to write about how the music, or the band, or even the name of the band effects them. Vampire Weekend name is a case in point as it was a subject of many interviews. The story goes that Ezra was working on a paper on vampires in college literature class. When he was asked why he couldn’t join for some festivities he would say it was another “vampire weekend”. Of course the reader can take or leave these band factoids – to some the in depth and exhaustive liner notes of David Fricke can seem like beating a dead horse much like the endless analysis of sports journalists about a game or player. If you find the review uninsightful that is fine – I don’t find every article I read even on the gilded pages of Rolling Stone or Spin or even Skope to be compelling all the time. And I dare say I find the sanctimony of some other news outlets way out of my tolerance of pretention even as a bonefide music snob. I want you to know we are serious about music here at Skope and we hope we can offer the very best for our readers. If we don’t have what you are looking then I am sure you can continue reading Rolling Stone to find the type of journalism that meets your standards. One piece of advice though – I wouldn’t continue with your community college bashing – you are in danger of coming off as an arrogant classist. There are a lot of talented folks coming out of community college who don’t have the money to attend prestigious schools. I would work on reserving my judgements of people because your agrument comes off not only as smug but elitist. There is plenty of great journalism here at Skope and for the record us going out of print had nothing to do with the writing. We had to make sure we had money to pay for those expensive loans we accrued at those fancy colleges.

  2. Ralph
    January 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    This is some of the crappiest, low-grade, community college journalism I’ve read in a long time. Not only did the reviewer fail to capture the essence of the group (whom I’m fond of, incidentally) but he wastes an entire first paragraph poring over the band’s name. What’s next, buddy? A dissertation on what “Pearl Jam” means?

    By the time knucklenuts provides any useful commentary or critique, he caveats comments regarding the band’s lyrics by suggesting “a hug?” Really? I’ve seen more insightful feedback on — and those guys are hardly pros. Can you imagine David Fricke writing something so inane? Me neither.

    No wonder SKOPE’s print version tanked. With critics like this, most High School Newspapers provide better journalism.


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