Grim Streaker’s ‘Miami Girl’ Will Destroy Your Heart (and Eardrums)
Hell hath no fury like Grim Streaker's Amelia Bushell. She's Courtney Love, Exene Cervenka and Kathleen Hanna all rolled into one, with an alto that cleaves her bandmates' Adolescents-style tantrums in two, like a hot, rusted knife cutting through a rancid stick of butter. The five-piece has staged a remarkable ascent since their formation late last year, amassing a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands in Brooklyn's DIY circuit. Anyone who witnesses their caterwauling live show stands a good chance of leaving the venue dripping with sweat, baptized in the chalice of chaos.
Following January's inaugural single "Guts," Grim Streaker have proffered up "Miami Girl," another cut from their forthcoming debut EP Girl Minority, which was produced by Ayad Al Adhamy and Joel Witenberg (Passion Pit, Cold Fronts, Surf Rock Is Dead), and mastered by Mike Kutchman (Parquet Courts, WALL, Sharon Van Etten). It's less a punk song than a minute-and-a-half bout of hardcore ping-pong between the band's dueling spheres; that is, it's Bushell against everyone else, matching every jagged power chord note for note and shout for shout. Listen below ahead of the EP's release sometime this summer.
Here's what Bushell had to say about the song in a press release:
I went to Miami with [guitarist] Dan [Peskin] recently, and this man just walked up to him, ripped his shirt off, punched his face and asked him if he wanted to die! The song is inspired by that kind of random, comically dumb violence — it’s a version of someone experiencing Miami to the fullest via some gruesome events. It’s fast-paced, all-out and go.
GRIM STREAKER ON TOUR
Jun. 3 — Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (all ages, w/ Cold Fronts)
Jun. 4 — Brooklyn, NY @ Pickthorn (Color Me Bushwick 2017)
Jun. 8 — Brooklyn, NY @ Matchless (Supercrush Studios / Greenpointers Showcase) ^
Jun. 9 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cape House (Reheated Spaghetti Showcase) ^
Jun. 10 — Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady (PopGun Showcase) ^
Jun. 10 — Brooklyn, NY @ Tender Trap (Cara Bella/Campers Rule Showcase) ^
^ Northside Festival