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Today, experimental post-punk outfit GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS release the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2020’s incendiary debut, ‘Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future’. Entitled ‘The Rest Is Distraction’ and available via the band’s own label Own It/Cargo Records, it’s mix of fractured guitar, crushing drums and bass, intense vocals and lyrical content – create as challenging a record as you will hear this year.

Formed in 2016, GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS are John Linger (bass / vocals), Jim Cubitt (guitar / keys) and Nicole Pinto (drums). The trio’s double a-sided debut single ‘The Mound’/’Disappear’ came out in the early part of 2017, and since then they have established themselves as the most forward thinking, viscerally challenging band around with unmissable live shows that continue to excite and astound in equal measure.

Recorded last year amidst the uncertainty of continuous lockdowns as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic, ‘The Rest Is Distraction’ is far darker in content than its predecessor. Mainly exploring internal and mental struggles as opposed to external current affairs, it focuses on the claustrophobia of emotional anguish and continues to bravely delve into previously unventured topics. Featuring frequent collaborators funkcutter and Stanley Bad on horns and violin, respectively, two songs also see Eleni Poulou, ex-The Fall, on keyboards. The album was mixed by long-term collaborator Max Walker, with stunning landscape photographer by Bea Dewhurst. The album was mastered in France by Ayumu Matsuo.

To mark the album’s release, the band have released a new video for the track ‘Cottage Industry’ that perfectly captures the visceral energy of their live show, as they head out on tour to hammer home the album’s sonic noise and message.

“I see this track as our version of a pop song. It probably won’t come across like that, but I actually think it’s quite accessible,” says bassist and vocalist John Linger. “There are lots of little hooks in it. I really had my heart set on it from day one, and it has a darker, more brooding energy than our previous releases.

“Lyrically it looks at how family dynamics shape the outlook of children growing up in a turbulent household,” continues John. “I wanted to project that claustrophobia that exists, that sense of being force fed a diet of irresponsible views and unbridled anger and hatred. It’s not a tale of morality, though.

“With the video, we wanted to capture the essence of how we are live as much as possible. I wanted people who have never seen us live to be able to experience the intensity of a GIS show. There’s no doubt that we are the best live band in Britain, so capturing that was the coup de grace, really”

Sonically atramentous and less one dimensional than the band’s debut, ‘The Rest Is Distraction’, takes its cues from ‘Join Hands’ era Siouxsie & The Banshees, Brainiac and Crass’ ‘Christ The Album’, among others. From the first crackle of electricity on the opening track, to the heart wrenching taped voice-recording on the final outro, this LP triumphantly retains every ounce of intensity and vitality that makes Girls In Synthesis THE most captivating band to emerge from the UK DIY underground in recent years.

The full track listing for ‘The Rest Is Distraction’ is as follows: –

‘It’s All Beginning To Change’
‘Watch With Mother’
‘Total Control’
‘Swallowed Pill’
‘My Husband’
‘Cottage Industry’
‘Not As I Do’
‘Lacking Bite’
‘Your Prayers’
‘To A Fault’
‘The Rest Is Distraction’ is out now via the band’s own label Own It/Cargo Records and is available for order HERE:
Catch the band live at the following dates:
14/10/22 – LONDON – The Lexington 
15/10/22 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Sussex Arms 
19/10/22 – BRISTOL – The Louisiana 
20/10/22 – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat 
21/10/22 – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega 
22/10/22 – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store 
09/11/22 – GHENT – Bar Bricolage [w. Cocaine Piss] 
10/11/22 – BRUSSELS – Magasin4 
11/11/22 – TOURNAI – Water Moulin
12/11/22 – SIEGEN – Veb Siegen 
13/11/22 – HAMBURG – Westwerk 
14/11/22 – COPENHAGEN – Rahuset 
15/11/22 – ODENSE – Posten 
16/11/22 – BERLIN – Urban Spree 
17/11/22 – FRIEBURG – Slow Club 
18/11/22 – WURZBURG – Cafe Cairo 
19/11/22 – NUREMBERG – Desi 
20/11/22 – UTRECHT – Db’s 
07/12/22 – GLASGOW – The Flying Duck 
08/12/22 – NEWCASTLE – Zerox 
09/12/22 – HULL – The Adelphi 
10/12/22 – BIRMINGHAM – Dark Horse
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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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