“Git” starts out with a bevy of different sounds set out to assault one’s senses. “See The Way” mixes traditional (bongos) with futuristic (synthesizers) to make a dance track for the new millennium. This fusion does not split a listener’s interest, rather it draws eir in like a light to a moth. The name of the band really makes sense with some of the music that finds its way onto the album. For example, “There’s A Fly…” has the band members assume the maligned vocals traditionally associated with apparitions, even as the Spartanly-arranged track allows their laments to shine. The timeless nature of tracks liek “There Are Seagulls…” really expands the disc’s scope. For Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys are not static like so many other bands on the scene, who revel in making the entirety of a disc sound exactly the same throughout. Rather, these are the scrawlings of a manic-depressive, all lush and full of blooming trees one second and hyper-realistic and full of death the next.
Perhaps the strongest facet of SatGFB has to be their utter disdain for traditional song structure. The band simply revels in chaos, and it is their ability to rein in this chaos and put it into a manageable form that really makes for the greatest impression on this disc. The manipulation of the track during “Do You Feel Any Better?” really makes the listener take the place of the individual that the band is questioning, modifying the sound of the track, distorting it to complete mesh. This effect is so pronounced that it sounds like the CD player is screwing up. Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys are a band that come out of the gate looking dazed and confused, but after they are led to their instrument come up with some of the most oddly compelling music to come out this year.
The music, even for all of its adventurous and bizarre sounds, could conceivably make it onto pop-alternative radio. SatGFB are victorious in bringing their brand of music to the largest selection of individuals without compromising their aural wanderlust in the slightest. Transcendent of genre, of structure and of a care in the world, the space-rock of this band is done in a creative and solid way throughout its short run-time (less than 40 minutes) and in a way that the vitality of this disc will not fade throughout time.
Top Tracks: You’da Been Better Off If, There’s A Fly In Your Soup and I Put It There
Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys – Git / 2005 Ghostly / 9 Tracks / http://www.ghostly.com/1.0/artists/skeletons/index.shtml / http://www.ghostly.com / Reviewed 19 May 2005