Clocking in a just over 2 minutes Roxy Girls literally throw everything at us in this punchy number opening with both instrumentation and vocals in unison. No time is wasted getting to the unusual subject matter with the opening line spelling out the songs purpose “You’ve got spanners for hands.”

“[When imagining the outro] think the Benny-Hill theme tune reinvented for a post-punk audience. It’s as comically perfect as it sounds.”

Spanners For Hands optimises what many would term post-punk; a combination of thrashing guitar sections and avant-garde jazz influenced sections. With breakneck speed Roxy Girls hammer through a verse/chorus/verse/chorus pattern before closing the last minute of the song with an elongated piece shaped by the awkward lick of the chorus bringing the most aurally pleasing section of the song; think the Benny-Hill theme tune reinvented for a post-punk audience. It’s as comically perfect as it sounds.

“[If Black Midi and Squid] were to share a line up, newcomers Roxy Girls they have the tenancy, style and sonics to stand equal to the industries current ‘go to’ acts.

Roxy Girls find themselves getting ready to drop their debut mini album on Moshi Moshi Records at a time when every plaudit seems to be talking about Black Midi and Squid as the most important UK bands right now; if the three bands were to share a line up, newcomers Roxy Girls have the tenacity, style and sonics to stand equal to the industries current ‘go to’ acts. To add their own twist Roxy Girls Sunderland working class bark sets out their sound from every other band A&R men are telling to ‘jazz-thrash’ at their guitars. Having already dropped singles Trials and Tribulations and Spanners For Hands from the groups mini album A Poverty of Attention due out 6th of September, Roxy Girls have shown a breadth song writing to give us belief in a solid release when the full mini album is released.

“Roxy Girls Sunderland working class bark sets out their sound from every other band A&R men are telling to ‘jazz-thrash’ at their guitars.”

8/10

Words: James Wadsworth.

Released: 26th of July.

Moshi Moshi Records.

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