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Review: Grrrl Gang’s “Spunky!” is a Revitalizing Explosion of Girl Power (Kill Rock Stars)

Grrrl Gang, the Indonesian indie pop trio, is back with their highly anticipated sophomore album titled “Spunky!” released via the iconic label Kill Rock Stars. Known for their vibrant sound, infectious melodies, and empowering lyrics, Grrrl Gang has taken the indie scene by storm since their inception in 2016. With “Spunky!”, they continue to solidify their position as one of the most exciting acts in Southeast Asia.

Right from the opening track, “Dream Grrrl,” the album grabs your attention with its energetic and catchy hooks. The band’s trademark jangly guitars and bouncy drums create a joyful atmosphere that is impossible to resist. Lead singer and guitarist, Angeeta Sentana, delivers her vocals with a charming sweetness that perfectly complements the up-tempo instrumentals.

One of the highlights of “Spunky!” is the band’s ability to channel their influences without ever sounding derivative. They effortlessly blend elements of ’60s girl groups, twee pop, and post-punk, creating a sound that feels both nostalgic and fresh. This is particularly evident in tracks like “Holy Smokes!” and “Don’t Stop,” where the band’s playful harmonies and vibrant instrumentation shine through.

Lyrically, Grrrl Gang continues to tackle themes of self-empowerment, feminism, and personal growth. Tracks like “Not Okay Today” and “Thrills” showcase the band’s ability to address complex emotions and social issues with an empathetic yet empowering tone. The lyrics are honest, relatable, and delivered with a sense of vulnerability that allows the listener to connect on a deeper level.

Another standout aspect of “Spunky!” is the production, courtesy of Angga Budiardjono, member of the iconic Indonesian indie band Sore. The album feels polished and refined without losing any of its raw charm. Each track is carefully crafted, allowing the melody and instrumentation to take center stage while never overpowering the vocals.

The album’s 11 tracks are a constantly engaging and enjoyable experience. Grrrl Gang effortlessly moves between shimmering indie pop gems like “Red Lips” and the infectious energy of “Heatwave.” There is never a dull moment, with each song showcasing the band’s versatility and ability to create memorable hooks that stay with you long after the record ends.

“Spunky!” is proof that Grrrl Gang continues to push boundaries within the indie pop genre. Their unwavering dedication to their craft and commitment to their message is evident throughout the album. It is refreshing to see a band staying true to their roots while simultaneously evolving their sound and exploring new sonic territories.

Grrrl Gang’s “Spunky!” is a testament to the band’s growing maturity and musicianship. It is an album that deserves to be celebrated not just within the Indonesian music scene but on a global scale. With this release, Grrrl Gang has firmly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and it is an exciting time to be a fan of indie pop. So, put on your dancing shoes and delve into the infectious world of “Spunky!” because Grrrl Gang is here to stay.

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