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Ginny and the Heartbreakers

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I think I’ve mentioned the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club before. $50 for 12 CD EPs delivered in 6 shipments, one every other month. Each disk featuring a different Wizard Rock band. Proceeds are being donated to the literacy charity First Book.

Well, the June shipment arrived a little while ago and this was one of the main reasons that I signed up for the club. In one shipment we get a new EP from The Parselmouths and the debut release from Ginny and the Heartbreakers. I’ll have to get to the Parselmouths later, because I made the mistake of listening to Ginny first and I think its going to be awhile before I get around to listening to something else.

I have a confession to make. When Church first pointed this band out to me I thought there was something fishy going on. I had just been listening to Art Circus (a project where a song writer/producer has put together a group of 15/16 year old girls to sing his songs) and I couldn’t help but think something like that was going on here. The songs are just to good.

After listening to this EP I’ve changed my mind. I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised to find some svengali behind the curtain here, but I’m starting to come to the conclusion that these girls are just that damn good.

The biggest clue is the vocal talents of the group. The harmony arrangements here are to strong to be done by kids who haven’t received some kind of training. It isn’t just that their harmonies are perfect, but the detail in the harmonies are not something that are with in the range of normal folks.

A perfect example is the song Halloween at Hogwarts. An a cappella track with a vocal lead and a vocal backing. There are professional vocalists who would love to pull this performance off and I can’t think of any that would be able to pull it off better. The talent here is obvious.

The EP itself is a little grab bag. Mostly made up of beautiful folk style songs that not only show off the band’s stellar vocal talents, but also betray an amazing ear for harmony. These are filled out by a couple of songs that while cute and funny, I’ve got a feeling they’ll wear a little as this EP gets the amount of playback it deserves. That said, having fun and doing funny little tracks is a hallmark of the WR scene and these girls do them well. Leaving behind obvious targets the band instead does tracks like Harry Got Naked (currently up at their myspace page above) responding to Daniel Radcliffe‘s nude scene in a performance of Equus, and Ode to the Minor Characters a listing of the smaller roles that populate the Harry Potter series. Even these tracks though are delivered with skill.

The truth is that while I dig a lot of what is going on with in the Wizard Rock scene, there’s very little here that makes me wonder what else these groups may be capable of. Ginny and the Heartbreakers are the first band that have made me wonder just where these girls will end up. If there is justice in the world, this will be only the first in a long list of albums from these girls. Both in the role of Ginny and as themselves.

Written by Matt

July 25th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Posted in Wizard Rock