Girls Against Boys Biography

Evocative US alternative rock band Girls Against Boys formed originally in Washington, DC, in 1990, but soon relocated to New York. A quartet of Scott McCloud (vocals/guitar), Alexis Fleisig (drums), Eli Janney (bass/keyboards) and Johnny Temple (bass), had all formerly been part of Dischord Records recording artists Soul Side (Janney was that unit’s sound engineer). Having recorded two albums together, they broke up at the end of the 80s before Janney and McCloud elected to continue working together. This collaboration soon evolved to encompass their former Soul Side bandmates in time for their debut Nineties Vs. Eighties EP. A debut album, also for Adult Swim Records, followed, before the band moved to Chicago independent Touch & Go Records. Following the release of ‘Bulletproof Cupid’, they recorded Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby for the label in 1993.

By now the band’s sound had been clearly established, with McCloud’s insular, melancholy lyrics driven by a distinctive double-bass sound. 1994’s Cruise Yourself was another acclaimed release, with songs such as ‘(I) Don’t Get A Place’ earning particular praise. Again, the band’s sound remained somehow foreboding, but McCloud’s narratives were maturing rapidly and by this time Girls Against Boys had become popular fixtures on the US alternative rock scene (despite several snipes from puritanical hardcore fans who had formerly supported the band in their original incarnation as Soul Side). House Of GVSB refined previous musical currents and was just as disquieting an aural experience, with outstanding songs such as ‘Vera Cruz’ and ‘Click Click’ twisting sexual themes into startling new shapes. McCloud, ironically, was widely cited as the US underground’s latest pin-up - despite the barbed nature of most of his lyrics. The band made their major label debut with 1998’s disappointingly pedestrian Freak*on*ica. During this time, McCloud and Temple were also recording with their side project New Wet Kojak, but returned to Girls Against Boys in 2002 to fashion their excellent comeback album, You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

Filter Results