Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess release final EP 'Friends'

by Beck Macey

Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess release final EP 'Friends'

At just under ten minutes ‘Friends’ the gritty new EP from South Carolina riot pop natives Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess is an exhilarating conclusion to the band's discography. Although Horrible Girl will be taking the stage one last time this coming October, Friends is sure to live on for a long time in the minds of those who might be fans of that sweet border between folk punk, queer-core, and pop punk. Beginning with some heavy guitars with their fair share of reverb followed by the twangy and entangling vocals of lead singer and guitarist Amie hall, the first track titled "5 easy steps to get in the giant robot" is fast and enlightening as the chorus splatters "I swear it gets better than this". "Robot" is then followed by the single shared earlier this summer "sucker" which hits a bit close to home for me, as hall discusses being "a sucker for a sad song", something I'm sure many fans of this genre can easily relate too. I admire Horrible Girl because although they don't do anything too complicated with their lyrics or instrumentation, they make up for it through the honest emotions and a powerful presence even clear on their studio tracks. The back of the EP includes "Tony Hawk's Pro Dater" (one of my favorite names I've ever seen on a song, and my favorite track on the EP overall) which has a similar energy to the rawness of bands like She/Her/Hers or Destructo Disk, while still remaining wholly original. The last track, "when does the body stop being a bird" is the slowest track on the EP but still holds its own, while growing on me the more I listened to it. The guitar melody is incredibly catchy and makes you bop your head along as the song progresses. While it is sad to say goodbye to such an exciting project, Horrible Girl, finished their career strong with a fresh new EP that is available everywhere now and in physical cassette attached to their full length album "Do you know who your friends are?" through fire hazard records. So go give it a listen and maybe even a purchase if you like it!

Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess release final EP 'Friends'

by Beck Macey

Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess release final EP 'Friends'

At just under ten minutes ‘Friends’ the gritty new EP from South Carolina riot pop natives Horrible Girl and the Hot Mess is an exhilarating conclusion to the band's discography. Although Horrible Girl will be taking the stage one last time this coming October, Friends is sure to live on for a long time in the minds of those who might be fans of that sweet border between folk punk, queer-core, and pop punk. Beginning with some heavy guitars with their fair share of reverb followed by the twangy and entangling vocals of lead singer and guitarist Amie hall, the first track titled "5 easy steps to get in the giant robot" is fast and enlightening as the chorus splatters "I swear it gets better than this". "Robot" is then followed by the single shared earlier this summer "sucker" which hits a bit close to home for me, as hall discusses being "a sucker for a sad song", something I'm sure many fans of this genre can easily relate too. I admire Horrible Girl because although they don't do anything too complicated with their lyrics or instrumentation, they make up for it through the honest emotions and a powerful presence even clear on their studio tracks. The back of the EP includes "Tony Hawk's Pro Dater" (one of my favorite names I've ever seen on a song, and my favorite track on the EP overall) which has a similar energy to the rawness of bands like She/Her/Hers or Destructo Disk, while still remaining wholly original. The last track, "when does the body stop being a bird" is the slowest track on the EP but still holds its own, while growing on me the more I listened to it. The guitar melody is incredibly catchy and makes you bop your head along as the song progresses. While it is sad to say goodbye to such an exciting project, Horrible Girl, finished their career strong with a fresh new EP that is available everywhere now and in physical cassette attached to their full length album "Do you know who your friends are?" through fire hazard records. So go give it a listen and maybe even a purchase if you like it!