Strawberry Girls’ debut full-length album, French Ghetto, is a ferociously aggressive musical tirade against banality. With Zac Garren (ex-Dance Gavin Dance) on guitar, Ben Rosett on drums, and Ian Jennings on bass, this ever full tilt trio rips and shreds its way through some dense and vibrant musical terrain.
French Ghetto is an instrumentally-driven, wall-to-wall, manic riff blitzkrieg that will spike your adrenaline till you hit a pace even Crank’s Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) couldn’t match! Occasionally, a featured vocalist jumps into the fray, but most of the time, it’s only as support to the already staggering arsenal of neck-snapping guitar licks, velocity-inspired bass lines, and the meticulous pandemonium of the drums.
In fact, every track on the album seems crafted to outdo the others. “Outdoing ourselves is definitely a desire,” guitarist Zac Garren agreed. “But most of all, it’s about having a full sound while doing that.”
“Agua Verde” opens the album with a brief, misleading alternative swirl that erupts into a blazing staccato which ultimately coalesces into an impenetrable wall of thrashing sounds. The title track, “French Ghetto,” lumbers in as a massive behemoth intent on annihilation, then quickly recoils only to surge forward once more in a riot of explosive rhythmic precision. “Transparent Sea,” featuring Vic Newsham (Gatsbys American Dream) on vocals, is just about the only chance you get to catch your breath, a track that comes dangerously close to being a traditional song . . . even if it is less than 2 minutes long.
“Basically, we have 3 ways of naming songs: 1. Feelings the music gives us (‘Agua Verde,’ ‘Fight Club,’ ‘Negro Spiritual,’ ‘South American Moon’); 2. Totally random, unrelated inspiration (‘French Ghetto,’ ‘Bird Technology,’ ‘Visual Therapy,’ ‘Do Peace’); and, 3. Lyrical titling (‘Transparent Sea’),” Zac revealed. “In ‘Transparent Sea,’ vocalist, Nic Newsham, sings ‘transparency’ at some point. We thought it would be fun to tie into that.”
French Ghetto was self-recorded and produced by Ben Rosett at Spirit Vision Studios. Besides being a drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Rosett has been a recording engineer/producer for about 10 years. Due to the serious impress-factor of the band’s musicianship, Strawberry Girls was able to attract the attention of Tommy LaCombe, owner of Tragic Hero Records (A Skylit Drive, Alesana, He Is Legend), and sign a deal. The album is set to be released on October 1.
As far as current plans for the band, Zac stated, “We’d like to try and get on some bigger support tours to get the word out. We’re still a relatively unknown, new band. We’re dying to blow people’s minds . . . and make them smile!”
For tour schedule and more information on this intense trio of virtuoso musicians, visit them at: www.facebook.com/strawberrygirlsmusic.