It’s been almost a year since many of us attended our last live show before lockdowns hit us hard, and we’ve all been pining for the experience of seeing our favourite bands live in a venue with hundreds, if not thousands, of other fans, dancing and singing along to our favourite songs.
Bristol punks IDestroy may have a temporary solution. With their debut full-length album, ‘We Are Girls’, they claim to have created a record that is “an adrenaline-fuelled joyride that fizzes with the spirit of sweaty live shows.”
The album opens with ‘G.O.D.’, which wastes no time in delivering pure punk energy, with the dirty bass tone in the verses paired with the snarling vocals providing an attitude-filled break, if you can call it that, from the sheer insanity of the chorus. Lead single ‘Petting Zoo’ has the same energy and attitude, taking aim at the prying eyes, and hands, of chauvinistic men at gigs and night clubs.
The title-track calms down, just a little bit, hitting out at the hardships faced by all-female bands at gigs. Musically, the track features vibes of Iggy And The Stooges and David Bowie.
Songs like ‘Lemons’ and ‘Cheap Monday’ provide a garage rock feel, the latter especially bringing out vibes of ‘El Camino’ era Black Keys, while closer ‘Let’s Play With Knives’ delivers one final hit of punk, blended with some 90s alt-rock nostalgia.
While a record could never accurately recreate the feeling, the experience, or the atmosphere of a live show, IDestroy have come close. The trio have delivered an energetic punk rock romp that intrinsically makes you want to start a solo mosh pit in your own bedroom, or whatever street you happen to be walking down while ‘We Are Girls’ plays through your headphones.
20/All things Scottish Rock/Emo/Metal