Track Review: Girls In Synthesis – I Know No Other Way

Lauded London-based trio Girls In Synthesis last week unleashed a new stand-alone single ‘I Know No Other Way’, ahead of a string of live UK/EU dates.

Following on from their second LP The Rest Is Distraction, ‘I Know No Other Way’ sees the band strip back some of the atonal, noisy elements of their sound and replace it with an intense sparseness, glassy clarity, and added melodic touch. The band’s trademark tribal drums and driving bass are still present, alongside warped, deathrock-influenced modulated guitar figures, all adding up to a refreshing update on their truly experimental post-punk.

Taking a verse each, vocalists John and Jim sing succinct lines dealing with the physicality of human anxiety, and project the anguish of indecision. This subject matter leads on from the internal questioning and emotional darkness on The Rest Is Distraction, leaving the sloganeering and broad statements to the current crop of UK guitar bands.

With a handful of dates booked in May, Girls In Synthesis retire for the majority of 2023 to record their third album, due in spring ’24. Catch one of their peerless live shows while you can.

Unlike its title, (see what they did with the title there by the way…?) the track shows the band do know another way and the way is no less brilliant than what’s gone before, and undoubtedly what is to come next.

18th May – Birmingham – The Dark Horse

19th May – London – The Lower Third *low tickets*

25th May – Paris – L’International

26th May – Charleroi – Rockerill

27th May – Brussels – Cafe Central

Tickets here

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