Another year, another doomed attempt by music journalists to convince the listening public that a grunge revival is imminent. It never is. Face it, those flannel shirts are just gonna have to stay in the cupboard.
Still, that won’t stop some from putting GHXST at the vanguard of a new grunge attack. Not least the band themselves, who describe their sound as ‘Deth-Grunge’. What ‘Deth-Grunge’ is, apart from another example of irritating spelling in popular music, is something a little different.
Granted it has all the heavy-lidded riffs and teenage angst of grunge, but there’s a weightless warmth to frontwoman Shelley X’s singing that plays off nicely against Chris Wild’s gruff, gritty riffs and Nathan La Guerra’s JAMC-style drums. If the grunge revival ever does arrive, let’s hope it sounds like this. Until then, keep those vintage TAD t-shirts firmly locked away.