In her autobiography, original riot grrrrl Viv Albertine pretty much summed up the importance of rock ‘n’ roll to music fans with her declaration that: “musicians are our real teachers; they open us up with their lyrics and creativity”.
Newcastle four-piece shoegazing and riot grrl sounding Miss Dandy & the What are certainly the type of band clearly marked out for a career in education and future favourites of mine. Charming and honest, their new EP ‘Like Greta Garbo’ pushes a post-punk Slits-esque sound into interesting and fresh ground.
Across the EP, vulnerable lyrics about human relationships and changing emotions are given space to be heard by clever guitar work and tribal drumming. Cleverly combining Sonic Youth-style guitar soundscapes with a Topper Hedon drum style, ‘Greta’ combines to produce a sound that is as angry as it is sorrowful.
Opener ‘Like Greta Garbo’ kicks out with a strong message of intent, while strongest track ‘Across the Hall’ drives a riot grrrl sound with vocals (from Miss Danby) sounding like Kathleen Hanna meets ‘Go-Go’’s era Belinda Carlisle. It’s a strong vocal delivery that is piercing and intense and directs the songs structure.
Blending further influences, the remaining EP with ‘Lemon Seed’ is the most distant and soulful track; blending Echo and the Bunnymen’s most emotional moments with the minimalism of Beach House. Personal favourite ‘Humdinger’ takes the Bangles harmonies and places them into a post-punk feel.
Miss Danby & the What have created an EP well worth us investing our development in. Viv would be proud.
Listen to the new EP now at mdandtw.bandcamp.com.