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It feels fitting that a confetti-rich seaside motel serves
as the séance setting for “Bones,” the fresh new entree from Ex-Girlfriends. The
all-girl supergroup (co-fronted by Sharkmuffin’s Tarra Thiessen and Side
Bitch’s Heather Cousins) exists like The
Craft coven with five Nancys, showcasing boozey, brazen babes who don’t
give a fuck about Jersey boys...but may have written a song about one anyway,
whatever. “Bones” puts that reputation to action, as the Ex-Girlfriends raise
one bleach blonde deadbeat dead guy from the grave to party hard. But how long
can summer last?
On a surface level, Ex-Girlfriends freely deliver loads of
punky fun. The crunchy guitars are reminiscent of The Gun Club, if not slightly
rawer. However, the attitude of Ex-Girlfriends comes across in their
tongue-in-cheek delivery. The video alone celebrates living in the moment, yet
the playful sass of Thiessen’s “now can you take off that suit,” drives that
While “Bones” sees the ladies leaning the bliss of beachy
recklessness, the twist at the end makes you wonder if this a tale of a
successful summer fling, or of a vacation cut unceremoniously short. One thing
is irrefutable, though: “Take me in Sean’s dad’s pool” is the greatest lyric
ever written in rock n’ roll history.
Play it at your wedding. Play it at your funeral. Play it at
your next séance, and check out Ex-Girlfriend’s at their music video release
show at Baranquilla October 26.
-Mary Grace Garis