The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
Girl Loves Distortion
You Better Run, Your Highness
By Jessica Lewis
Washington, DC-based Girl Loves Distortion create the sound so common in their home city it’s as if they’ve recently graduated from the garage to the small club. They’re not hardcore punk like their historic predecessors but they do come with a twinge of rebellion and life questioning, two themes that match the lyrics to the music without miscommunication. “Unidentified Fascist Operators (UFOs)” is fast-paced, as if running away, yet cautious. The chase doesn’t end until after “…As I’m Run Down By the Evil Disco Princess,” easily one of the standout tracks, capturing tension and the members’ jam session. Electric guitars are a staple of this album, most evident on “You Better Run, Your Highness,” in a dotted and dashed kind of routine where the guitar lies directly on the bass, providing a rogue and risky touch. Throughout the album the layers peel away to reveal a fulfilling performance, but the “you better run, you better hide” experience is always fun. (Exte)