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Commentary and photos by Jeff Rey
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Girl Harbor
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Girl Harbor remembers that the term rock 'n' roll originated as jive for sex ... their songs ooze with the sweat of the Holy Trinity: Sex and Drugs and Rock ĎNí Roll.
Girl Harbor kicked off at the Luna Lounge with "Ask Me Again," setting the mood for an energetic set of pure rock 'n' roll. Other highlights were the aptly-titled "Boys In Heat" and the crowd pleasing "Preacher." But my own favorite was "Sleeping To Drink" (hmmm). Girl Harbor have a 5-song EP called Shine. I'm still waiting for one of the guys in the band to "run around the corner" and get my copy, but I guess an element of the Holy Trinity musta took precedence. They're presently working on a full-length.
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It's sleazy, tarted-up and taking a walk on the wild side. The guys in Girl Harbor seem to remember that the term rock 'n' roll originated as jive for sex. And their songs ooze with the sweat of the Holy Trinity: Sex and Drugs and Rock ĎNí Roll. Or is that a quartet? At any rate, Girl Harbor is. And they play their own brand of music thatís reminiscent of the NY Dolls and others that carried on that tradition of punk Ďn roll that was born and bred in New York. Nothing all that new, but itís easy to screw this stuff up and come off as poseurs (remember Hanoi Rocks, D-Generation?). But this ainít no glam band, Jeff Menschís guitar spits out nasty licks as he beats viciously on his big hollow-body while bass man Jens Carstensen appears to be in a world of his own, letting the music carry him to some unknown universe as he lays down the lines to take us along. Kicking out the jams and slamming the skins is Greg Altman. And up front is Jimmy Spoiler, strutting the stage like a tomcat in heat, seemingly taken away by the utter urgency of this music. He calls to mind Dick Manitoba in the early days with the Dictators when all that mattered was girls, getting high and the beat of the music.