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Sexy Girls

Sorority Noise to bring the commotion to Amherst

Riding on the release of May's Forgettable LP, Hartford's Sorority Noise is heading to Amherst, MA, next Monday, August 18. Fitting to its name, the band’s lyrics span the insecurities of college life – take, for example, “When we broke up you told me to try and find myself … so I found myself in someone else's bed,” from “Dirty Ickes” – but the band’s groovy punk inspires one to dance through the darkness rather than sulk alone. Check out Sorority Noise in Massachusetts’ most famous college town alongside Three Man Cannon, Sexy Girls, The Hundred Acre Woods and Amherst folk-punks Dérive at Amherst's Unitarian Meeting House at 7 p.m. on August 18. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Black Beach, Neutrinos, Black Beach and Grave Ideas join forces tonight in Jamaica Plain

Four great Massachusetts bands – all for only five dollars. If you’re in the Boston area tonight, July 13, head over to Jamaica Plain’s Midway Cafe at 9 p.m. to catch Amherst surf giants Sexy Girls, the dark and dingy punk of Middleboro’s Black Beach, Boston garage rockers Grave Ideas and the high energy of Attleboro’s Neutrinos. See you there. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

Sexy Girls serves up summer-ready "Satan's Hands" LP

If there’s one thing Sexy Girls has a knack for, it’s fitting in pop hooks where you’d least expect them. On the band’s latest release, Satan’s Hands, the first arrives at 1:15 on opener “Young in a Garden”: amidst a beach shack strewn with tube amps, Alex Whitelaw sings, “With a touch of your hand I'll be at your command … Where can I take you?” before devolving into a chorus of la-las. Overall, the set is a more concise take on surf rock than 2012’s The Collection, with few changes to the instrumentation allowing Whitelaw’s songwriting – as well as Ben Semeta’s production – to shine. “It’s Painful For Me,” an everything-will-be-alright promise, stands out even without a discernable chorus or a single drum beat thanks to heaped-on distortion. On the title track, Whitelaw calls out to God to “meet me in the middle,” ending the album on an introspective note. Download Satan’s Hands for free on Bandcamp now or keep your eyes open for a physical copy at Sexy Girls’s upcoming shows in Portland, ME; Chicopee, MA; Portsmouth, NH; Jamaica Plain, MA; and Florence, MA. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Exclusive Premiere: Sexy Girls spends a day "At The Beach Alone"

Following the video for “I Don’t Care,” Sexy Girls has unveiled a second song from the upcoming Satan’s Hands. Set for release on July 1, the set is the band’s first proper album, following The Collection’s roundup of odds and ends written by lead singer Alex Whitelaw – but like The Collection, Whitelaw’s bandmates were absent in the writing process of Satan’s Hands. (It’s something he hopes to change on the band’s third release.)

“At The Beach Alone” carries on Sexy Girls’ tradition of nonchalant surf rock with funky syncopation – but let’s talk about the beautiful, wavy chords on the song’s chorus. The single’s gloss and greater attention to detail bodes well for Satan’s Hands, while its lyrics promise further exploration into the "dark side of [Whitelaw's] mind."

If you can’t get enough Sexy Girls, come see the band play a cover-free show at Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT, this Friday at 8 p.m. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Sexy Girls gets to work on second album

Three years ago, Alex Whitelaw left the band that he was in and decided to start his own surf rock solo project called Sexy Girls. His efforts culminated in a nine-song album called The Collection, which was released on Bandcamp in 2012. "Tell Me" should give you a perfect taste of the nonchalant, summery sound that defines the album.

Today, Sexy Girls is a four-piece indie rock band comprised of Steve Kerr (drums), Sam Hatch (guitar), Ben Semeta (bass), and Whitelaw (vocals, rhythm guitar) – but Whitelaw still writes all the music. The Amherst, MA band is currently working on a new album called Satan’s Hands which they hope to release in August, and will perform at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA on April 24. – Mary Reines


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