Ken Tucker
May 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

You Can't Fight What You Can't See

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Girls Against Boys
Producers
Jade Tree
genre
Electronic, Rock

We gave it a B+

Scavenging from media critic George W.S. Trow for a refrain (”In the context of no context”) is one way to achieve a grating cleverness, but fortunately for this long-running quartet, the guitars do most of the grating — with a harsh beauty, not mere cleverness. Elsewhere they proclaim they ”don’t like Hollywood,” and they need not worry: If ”Hollywood” equals ”sellout” in their lingo, the bruising ferocity of these songs ensures that GVSB will retain their noisy-boy cult status for as long as that’s the musical context they prefer.

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