Cursing the Sea
Reviewed by: Stephen Krock
Dublin-based noise pop quintet, September Girls, resume their noisemaking with Cursing the Sea. It is at once an ethereal chorus of pop goddess vocals and tinny, earthbound garage rock, with guitar riffs that ebb and flow like the tide. Think Blondie, if they had gone through a gothy phase.
Each track is, for sure, a treat to hear. You can bang your head to the pounding drums and clanging cymbals, while riding the sweet voices like a wave. However, most songs are indistinguishable from each other. With a few notable exceptions. “Heartbeats” hammers away, as the title would suggest, with a heart throbbing insistence, rather than heart tugging suggestions. Similarly, “Someone New” offers something new, but in the same vein. They’re both more beach party rock anthems, but they get you out of your seat more so than the rest, which simply keep you out of your seat. Assuming that you’re already standing up.
Variety may not be on the menu here, but there is plenty of sweet and spicy to cleanse your palate throughout the whole course.