Grrrl Friend make the music you’d expect from a bunch of guys who like each other’s company, beer, pizza and listening to records.
That is: distantly noisy, buzz-soaked, Echoplex-disjointed slump-rock.
They also name their songs things like Bestiality BBQ, II and Black Jesus Christ, and it’s hard to dislike such throw-away provocativeness.
What I love about this kind of crunchy, lazy-sounding rock is the accompanying feeling that everything was recorded on the first take: loose, grimy, warts-and-all.
So judging by the innate vibrancy of Happening Now could well be, indeed, exactly that. The band shunt noises here and there, almost casually, voicing their thoughts as they do so.
Grrrl Friend make songs you’ll love or hate. You’ll either soak up the scrubby atmospherics of the sound or you’ll shrink away for a cleansing dose of a band that is more clear.
But either way, you’ll have dipped a toe into their murky waters, and on their terms.
I’ll have to listen to it more than once, usually I have me comment ready, almost did, but I backed away..