ROTTEN TO THE CORE
Bass-driven, fun-filled horror punk created by three talented young women. This 10-song release seems like an EP, because it is over much too quickly. The songs are not too long, nor are they too short. But wait! Hidden track 69 is an eerie, arpeggio instrumental that conjures images of creeping about in a haunted house on a dark and stormy night. Fans of Dinah Cancer (45 Grave, PFT, Grave Robbers) and Midnight Creeps, take notice! There's some new girls on the block, and they rock hard with ghoulish delight! My heart is in the blender. website
Girlush Figure • Rotten To The Core • Rodent Popsicle Records • From the opening "One Two Fuck You" you will get the idea that these are not girls who will be touring with Britney Spears. This is old school, stripped down, raunchy, raw punk. Blood and guts and pounding drums and aggression make this disc what it is. It is like an auditory punch in the face. (MK)
GIRLUSH FIGURE-Rotten To The Core (Rodent Popsicle Records)
GIRLUSH FIGURE consisted of Squeaky on vocals and guitar, Pigpen on bass and vocals and Rita Mae on drums and keyboards. Yes, you read that right. It says consisted, meaning that the band broke up. Reason for that is, Squeaky joined FABULOUS DISASTER almost right after the release of their debut CD, which was released on the same label as the new FABULOUS DISASTER EP. So the future of Squeaky looks very bright, if she stays in this successful punkrock band. The consequences were, that GIRLUSH FIGURE was past tense from then on. Because of the fact, that Squeaky was part of this band, we wanted to tell you about their CD. And I can imagine, that people who like this style of music, are very interested in the previous band of this new FABULOUS DISASTER guitar player. The album contains ten riot grrrl punk songs and has a total playing time of about thirty powerful punk minutes. Their sound leans more towards the riot grrrl punk, instead of the RAMONES like sound of FABULOUS DISASTER. It’s much rawer with a garage sound attitude and it’s definitely less polished. Now hear me out on this. FABULOUS DISASTER and a ‘polished sound’. No, they’re not DREAM THEATER or RUSH either maybe, but you can hear a certain difference between those two bands. Squeaky is angry, and we can witness that on this CD, which is a reflection of her anger on this silver disc, so to speak. “Factory” is a little, instrumental piece of rest on the album, which gives you a short moment to breath. You’ll need it! Watch out for a ‘hidden track’ at the end of the CD. On my CD player, it was track sixty-nine. It may be short and not really interesting, but now you know it’s there, anyway. [7 points] (Toine van Poorten)
Nihilism on the prowl
DRUNKEN WAR/GIRLUSH FIGURE Split 45 (UUR004) 2002 Two brand new young bands here from the American populous, and they are sandwiched on a split 45. Girlush Figure from Virginia are a female trio of smudgy eyeliner, period pains and a big early Babes In Toyland feel about em. They supply one track only, but it's a good 'un called 'Spy Eyes'. An acidic denouncement of girlish traits. They slow the pace right down with a solid bass run and drum beat that sets the scene for sporadic guitar attacks of slashing chords. We have to wait for the chorus for em to fully let rip, adding impact to their noise. This is all rounded off by a pissed off vocal all about breaking out from the nice little girl syndrome. Girlush Figure show plenty of imagination with what they can conjure up with a song, and prove you don't always need a heads down blitz to create atmosphere. Great production too. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics and band info. Good debut and WORTH A LISTEN
Maximum Rock n Roll
Girlush Figure / Drunken War - split 7"
Who are these women? They fucking kill! GIRLUSH FIGURE says: "lies underneath the sweet tooth of the enemy," which is enough for me, but then the rest of the song was also amazing. Super-heavy chugging punk, without a bit of heavy metal. They also throw in some hip shaking beats for those who like ringing their bondage belts. (JA)
Girlush Figure "Target You" CD
TARGET YOU - How can one really review an album from 3 chicks
that can kick your ass? Simple. NO BULLSHIT!! That's what
this album is all about. Pop-Punk. You can be serious and you
can have fun as well! That's exactly what these wild ass gals
have done w/ their debut album, TARGET YOU.
Upon the initial contact with the disc, 2 things came to
mind: 1. Interesting cover of them in gangster suits pointing
their "heaters" at you. Hence the title, "Target You". The
back of the cover shows their true target and they hit the
mark. Appears to be a girl on the grass shot to death. As you
scan down you see the song titles. The first cut says it
all. "Assassination Of A Beauty Queen". Hmmm.... nuff said?
and 2. If you're a guy, wondering if they could be just
as "lethal" in their musical offering as well. Bitch Rock
dude! The names themselves leave you with something to ponder
about. Squeaky (Guitar/Vocals), Pigpen (Bass/Vocals) and
After a couple of spins of this disc, you wanna join their cause. Whatever their cause may be. It doesn't matter. You'll be singing to these wild and somewhat creative punk licks and lyrics in no time! Helps to save the dying art of the air-guitar! Kudos!
The opening cut, the afformentioned, "Assassination Of A Beauty Queen" is pure pop-punk to the hilt. Obviously you now know what you're in for! The bands' lyrics are quite entertaining. Some are catch phrases that I use from time to time as well. I rolled when I opened up their case and saw excerpts of their songs on the inner back cover. Gotta love it! The song itself is about a popular chick who befriends a lesser known girl and keeps it a secret. "What would Daddy think?" And the result is the title.
Track 2, "I Am You", is my choice cut. This song kicks ass with it's numerous start/stop riffs that are tight as hell! The overdubs of guitar add to Squeaky's licks and gives it a little more flavor. I love this cut about a trying to run from yourself. I find myself air-riffing this cut everytime I hear it. Pure punk!
"Hate System", is another track about having to conform into a certain group and her saying, "Fuck your overrated society" and "...must look like Barbie". Another catchy lyric, "Gonna get a tan. Gonna go fuck the band. I'll do anything to get what I want." She doesn't want to be a part of that bullshit. Can't say that I'd blame her either.
The title track, "Target You", vocally has some good production work here w/ some minor effects. The guitar seems a little less in the front but has some good chord changes after the second chorus. The only bad point to make is the track seems to run out of steam and die. Sad too.
"Night At The Comet" must've been based on a true story it seems of a girl who walked home and was murdered and raped. Lyrically is structured very nicely, but is sometimes hard to listen to by the 3 chord guitar riffs. Shows some serious potential for them as song writers. Good break again before the end of the song. They can really come up with some killer licks if they wanted to. That's the only problem with punk music. K.eep I.t S.imple S.tupid
"Miss Fuck You" , Self explanatory! Gotta listen to this shit yourself to see what I mean. A "death do us part" song to the band itself.
"Scenester" was a shocking little cut at first. The opening notes from Pigpen's bass and Donna's drums were awefully similar to The Doors' "L.A. Woman". Lyrically, these girls don't take shit from the "in-crowd" bitches that go around. "There go those virgin whores again", need I say more?
The song that has the most crossover opportunity would have to be "FSU". Almost ballad-y, for lack of a better term. If they cut the punk riffs down just a bit, it would have a killer feel to it! But we are talking about GF here. These gals do whatever they want. DUH!
"Crazy Train", seems to have the "filler-track" feel until you listen to it a little more. Gets better as you groove on it a bit.
"Voodoo Doll" closes the album with one last stab and gets straight to the "point".
The biggest surprise is the bonus cut. A hidden track at the end w/ Donna doin' "The Star Spangled Banner". Nice touch! You go girl!
Overall, TARGET YOU is a good kick ass album from a kick ass chick band!! NUFF SAID!! Can't wait till their next release!
Girlush Figure "Target You" CD
Ran across this band when I played an opening slot for them
with Zero Crag. They totally took me by surprise as many
other bands have this year. I’m not too sure how they really
took me personally though because I met the bassist through a
old Dayton, Ohio friend and one of the first things that come
out of my mouth was pointing out the fact that they were
selling thong panties as part of their merchandise and I
asked, "Do you have those in 2X?" Later that night the
‘Figure rocked out and had me searching for their merch agent
to buy a CD long before their set ended because I was afraid,
for some reason (and I tend to do this often), they would run
out of copies and I wouldn’t get one.
Target You is chock full of fem-angst like combining the
sounds of Kleenex/Liliput with that of Bikini Kill. Hard.
Driving. Fast. Loud. I’m totally surprised Kill Rock stars
hasn’t gotten a hold of this band yet, it’s right up their
alley! This CD features ten tracks of actual songs clocking
in at nearly 29 minutes worth of music with a eleventh track
being hummed version of "The Star Spangled Banner", which I
couldn’t figure out WHY it appeared on the disc. It left me
only asking questions-good job! "Scenester", "Target You",
"Miss Fuck You".... Don’t be too surprised if this CD don’t
end up in my Blank Generation year in Review.
Hailing from Virginia I have a feeling that you, the humble
Blank Generation viewer haven’t heard the last of me spouting
about the greatness of the ‘Figure.... I hope this band is
around for a long long time and I hope they continue to
release music and play shows that knock people for loops.
Found: Sept. 13 2001 @ dcska.com message
board by Sarcastro rankin' rudie
But the best band I saw was Girlush Figure. Their guitarist
is about the toughest girl I've ever seen in my life and they
totally ripped through their set.
Richmond Music Journal
Girlush Figure is bitch rock, a three piece girl group with
attitude. They dressed like cheerleaders and punked out the
room, no holds barred. They're raw with some cute
choreography. Submissive boys looked intimidated and their
girlfriends bounced and smiled. The music was threatening.
Someone yelled, "You chicks are too real," and the guitar
player shot back, "Lick my ass if you don't dig this shit."
They are energetic and original. They sold panties with the
bands name on them and their CD, "Target You." The panties
fit me perfectly. I spent the best $5 in a long time. -Peggy
Not all woman in todays music are doing the flavor nof the
month routine, or using the soul searching Lilith Fair
approach. Girlush Figure is a 3 piece girl band from
Richmond, Virginia spewing a minimalist pop punk sound. What
was once an exclusive boys club, is now being invaded by a
growing number of indie female artist. Where the Bangles
walked like Eqyptians, bands like Girlush Figure cover topics
concerning loser boyfriends, being unpopular, and the glass
ceiling. Girlush Figure is made up of Squeaky on guitar,
Pigpen on bass and the Captain on drums. With their debut
CD "Target You", there is a hint of Hole with musical
attitude similar to the New York Dolls. But this is more than
a novelty act. Regarded as a strong live draw, these 3 ladies
have been making the rounds nationally filling venues from
Pittsburgh to New Orleans. Followed by favorable reviews.
Together for over a year this band already has a 4 week
spring tour lined up covering the Midwest with a major label
release. Girlush Figure doesn't pretend to be virtuosos.
Their songs are from the gut, pure and emotional. For these 3
young ladies their timing could have never been better, with
the current local musical atmosphere being flooded with
faceless death and metal bands. And those trying to be the
next Korn, they have no problem standing out. It's easy for
girl bands to use sex or shock value to create a buzz. But
this band avoids the obvious. Live, the band has a strong
stage presence with a theatrical flair. Whether dressed in
formal ball gowns, or sarcastically wearing tutus and tiaras.
Squeaky leads the band by banging out basic chord changes and
flashes an impish smile. The Captains drumming is
uncontrollable, but its hard not to watch this musical train
wreck. At a recent Thursday night show at Swingers, in the
bottom, Girlush Figure took the stage at a mid night to a
standing room only crowd, who sang along right from the
opening chords. Girlush Figure isn't calculated or planned,
the whole package works because its natural. I recommend
taking a few of your friends and going to see Girlush Figure
one night, you will be surprised the talent these 3 girls
Richmond Music Journal
Grrr. I'm not sure what that means. Girlush Figure uses it on
their lyric snippets scattered on the back of their
CD, "Target You." I get the feeling it means men beware, you
are the target. I think the three people on the cover are
women but its hard to tell when you're staring down the
barrels of the three guns they have pointed at you, and I'm
pretty sure the body on the ground with hands cuffed and
blood on his shirt is a guy, a very unlucky guy. They also
seem perturbed with society's "worthless plan," but I bet
they think that plan was thought up by the good-old-boy
network. The drums and electric guitar are in a race to
finish 10 songs in under 25 minutes and slow down just enough
to pick out some pretty good licksto accompany their angry
broad singing, which is even more scary because I can't
understand everything they're screaming. A lone trumpet plays
the "Star Spangled Banner" at the end, taps for the male sex.
So what are they singing? Some of the lyrics they chose to
print are: "Trying to get the pretty grrrls in the back of
their big trucks," "this one is for all you fuckin'
rednecks," "I'm ready for some fuckin' revenge," "What would
daddy think?" What would daddy think?! We's probably too
scared to say a word. -Walter Boelt
This band is utterly amazing! I played The GirlsRock!
Festival in New Orleans and these three kittens were there.
They approached the stage with the confidence of a lion and
roared through a 30 minute set with like the wind. I seen
The Captain on Bourbon Street in a Sleater Kinney shirt
so...ya know...she was cool in my eyes :P But the next
night when I played the show and I knew they were gonna
play...I had a feeling they would blow everyone away...and
they did. Squeaky and PigPen came out in prom dresses,
tiaras, bruised glitter faces and armed with guitars, while
Donna, wearing a tux flipped the bird to a friendly fan from
back home. I was impressed already and they hadnt even began.
Then, right of the bat they started playing and the whole
place was moving to their edgy* punk songs .I detected a
strong Pretty on The Inside influence...They must be Hole
fans! Then they played *Miss Fuck You* The best fucking song
in the world!! I was getting chills witnessing their passion
and fury. I suggest going to the site and buying their tape
"Target You" Only 7$ and truly a great band!
April 26 2001
The gals in Girlush Figure prove that looks are definitely
deceiving: they might look innocent in their tutus, glitter &
smiling faces, but underneath those sweet smiles lie plenty
of angst & ferociousness. In front of a crowd their inner
riot grrrls come out kicking & screaming, proving themselves
formidable when face with any other band of the male
Richmond, Virginia's Girlush Figure first album,
Target You, is a suprisingly tight, well-produced
piece of pop punk. The girls in the band wear their
many influences on their sleeves, so bits of Bikini
Kill, Tilt, and Hole are woven throughout the disc.
Although it might seem the disc would be rather
unoriginal, Squeaky, Pigpen, and the Captain manage
to cut a swath through the heavily traveled punk rock
jungles and emerge with nicely original songs that
are instantly listenable and familiar. Girlush Figure
also managed to put out a total DIY project that,
frankly, doesn't sound like a DIY project.
The tape we have here has four songs from GIRLUSH FIGURE.
Two of them will be on the forthcoming CD "Target You". The
sound is that of punk rock. The guitar playing isn't
complicated. It is effective. It's provided by Squeaky. Her
father was vocalist for ELIXIR. The words are from a blunt
spoken young woman, who doesn't like the way they are treated
and says so. It starts with "Sences". On this one a girl
wonders, if her boyfriend is concentrating any of his sences
on her at the moment. Donna adds some good drum fills. One of
the songs from the upcoming CD will be "Hate System". It
includes statements like 'I figured out your worthless plan',
'Fuck your over rated society' and 'Nothing is alright with
me'. At the end the speaker decides to do things she wants to
do when she wants to do them. I often hear young women say
they do things because they like to do them not as a means to
an end. Colleen Haile will play bass on the CD. When her
former boyfriend failed to repay her half of a big loan, she
seized his bass guitar. Instead of selling it she learned to
play it. That's how things go for GIRLUSH FIGURE.
by: Jack Little (MM#22/Dec.2000)
Ink 19 * Girls Rock Festival
Decked in vintage formals with combat boots and body glitter,
these glam princesses are not to be taken lightly. Their
theatrics only augment a decidedly potent brand of punk.
Although they're from Richmond, Virginia, their sound is far
more influenced by bands from the Pacific Northwest.
They even did a song about Mia Zapata of the Gits, who was
leaving a show. Despite their West Coast influences, Girlush
Figure is not riot grrrl, they have taken more cues from
Mudhoney than Bikini Kill. They have a big sound and lots of
flash, charisma, and attitude. Even though comparison to Hole
or Babes in Toyland are almost inevitable, Girlush Figure is
certainly their own band. Despite hearing nearly twenty bands
in one day, Girlush Figure is the band that stands out most
strongly. I can't think of much better praise than that.