Earth Girls: Someone I'd Like to Know 7"

Dirt Cult Records


Following a killer self-released demo tape and 7" on Grave Mistake/Drunken Sailor, Earth Girls return with 4 new songs of bubblegum garage rock. Fronted by Liz Panella (Libyans. Broken Prayer, Autonomy, Siamese Twins), this Chicago band is a must hear for fans of Marked Men and Peach Keli Pop.

Our take: Second 7" from Chicago's Earth Girls, the melodic punk/garage band fronted by Liz from Libyans / Siamese Twins / Broken Prayer and a ton of other bands. Obviously I'm pretty much a Liz Panella super fan, but I really do think that Earth Girls are incredibly underrated. I'm not sure exactly why... maybe it's because they're typically sold as kind of a garage-punk band in the mold of the Marked Men (whom, admittedly, they do sound quite similar to, though mostly because of that trademark use of super fast 16th notes on the hi-hats). However, I think there's a lot more going on in their music than the typical garage-punk band that relies on rehashed Ramones riffs and lyrical cliches. These songs are beautifully structured, with subtle, often minor-key chord progressions that stick to your ribs a lot more than many bands' lazy attempts at pop songwriting. The lyrics are similarly clever, remaining straightforward and memorable while avoiding the easy and/or obvious. Yes, Liz's vocals are unashamedly melodic, but those with a sophisticated ear who are willing to pay a little bit more attention to their melodic punk will be rewarded with some of the best songwriting the genre has to offer. Perhaps this isn't for the raging crusties, but if you like a complex pop song with punk energy I highly recommend spending a little time with this one.
Tags: 10s female-fronted garage melodic pop-punk punk recommended