Holding Hands with Jamie
Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #112 / 767
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2015 Ratings: #230
September 25, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
girlband.ie / Website
Your Review


Far too many bands are offering up what they think we want to hear rather than trying to push the needle forward in any marked way. Girl Band’s latest is a startling upending of any and all expectations you would dare place upon a modern rock group.
Loud and Quiet
Nothing – or nobody – else sounds like Girl Band at the moment and they seem to relish in their own demented yet deeply exhilarating creations.

Just musical enough to swallow, and just raucous enough to rattle your bones, Girl Band's Holding Hands with Jamie represents all the harmful and healing qualities of noise. It won't be long until you're hooked.

The Line of Best Fit

On Holding Hands With Jamie, Girl Band have gloriously laid to record lead singer Dara Kiely’s struggles with psychotic depression. In turn, they have made one of the great debuts of the year.

The 405

For all the band's stylistic digressions, Holding Hands with Jamie is a record instilled with all the unmistakable urgency and vitality of the best debuts, that resounds with a vehemence that few bands could muster and leaves the listener - for better or worse - utterly dumbfounded.

The Skinny

Such mess doesn’t always hang together (In Plastic; Baloo), but when it does, Holding Hands With Jamie is either the greatest thing you’ll hear all year, or will give you a migraine; quite possibly both.

Not only do Girl Band evade easy definition, they come across as if the very notion of being slotted into an pre-established marketing category makes them physically uncomfortable.
Drowned in Sound

Senses pummelled and synapses shredded, Holding Hands With Jamie represents anything but an easy ride. But then reputations aren't earned lightly, and Girl Band have earned theirs as the most excitingly coarse noise rock outfit on the planet through sheer guts and tenacity.


Debut album 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is a wilfully uneven mix of pounding grunge riffs, ambient black metal squalls and sneering, snotty art-punk.

The way the album veers between savage energy blasts and more deliberately paced displays of power is extraordinary.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Holding Hands with Jaime is a remarkable debut album. It ticks off plenty of familiar noise-rock boxes, but Girl Band massages them into a whole that feels authentically their own.


The record often sounds as if it was recorded on the other side of a warehouse wall, like muffled industry contained within a rubbery membrane. This strange distance could be frustrating, but it becomes an integral part of Girl Band’s sound, which feels unique right now.

Consequence of Sound
The quartet do an impressive job of teetering on the edge of chaos the same way a lot of life does.
Under The Radar

The album is a relentless half-hour of grizzled sonic thrills, and Girl Band scorch their songs with blistering guitar, percussive bombast, and a stabbing sense of humor.

Biologically speaking, the sensations of pleasure and pain are closely related, and Ireland’s Girl Band (a deliciously noisy quartet that is, naturally, all-male) straddles that line with no small amount of glee.

Holding Hands with Jamie is reminiscent of when Wolf Eyes signed to Sub Pop; instead of making their sound more palatable for a wider audience, they only ended up sounding uglier and more grotesque.

‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ remains an untamed beast that’ll pave the way for Girl Band’s unstoppable ascent. There remains a nagging feeling, however, that this deadly work could’ve forced an apocalypse if delivered with more conviction.

Girl Band possess enormous potential and big, big things look to be lying just around the corner for the Dubliners. Whilst this often only remains as potential for this first step, Holding Hands With Jamie is a refreshing change and welcome one-fingered salute to the mundane and safe rock music of today.

Sep 25, 2015
This album is definitely NOT what i expected. Going in to it I thought every song would be as blood-curdling and ear drum exploding as the first two singles released, Paul and Pears For Lunch; except it wasn't. This album had many slower songs that still left me with their discomforting sound that Girl Band is known for. Songs like Fucking Butter and The Witch Dr. is what made the album for me. Songs like these that start very simple and gradually build up until you want to start punching ... read more
Dec 20, 2017
Dec 19, 2015
fucking aoty
Oct 31, 2015
This is really one of the best debut albums of this year. Girl Band is a really exciting post-punk band that is coming forward with some of the most maniacal and exhilarating punk music I've heard in some time. This album holds a medium between extreme tension and release, and it makes for one heck of a ride.
Sep 29, 2015
Girl Band was a promising project right from the start with their previous EP that showcased interesting and creative arrangements and energic, raw performances on tracks like Lawman, where the group really displayed all of their songwriting skills and edgy approach to punk music. On their debut album, though, the band falls short in their own game, despite having some really interesting ideas throughout the record's runtime. Holding Hands with Jamie could have been a really standout album this ... read more
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Added on: July 14, 2015