In the time it takes to listen to Girlfight's Infinite Carcass, the local hardcore band suggests, any one of the following tasks could be accomplished:
- Microwave a dinner
- Take a quick shower
- Watch half an episode of Full House
- Listen to one Pink Floyd song. "Our album syncs up perfectly with 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond," jokes drummer Brandon Volkman.
Composed of four faithful members -- Volkman, guitarist Jordan Bellotti, bassist Richie Lattanzi and singer Dave Watt -- Girlfight has seen several different lineups since forming in 2008, and released two EPs on Emerald Moon Records (which has also released albums by All Time Low and My America). "As the lineup became more refined, the music became more refined," Volkman says.
Infinite Carcass was intended to be a full-length, and then accidently wasn't, exactly. "We'd be like, 'This song is done ... shit, it's only a minute long,'" recalls Watt. But if it's not a long-player in terms of time elapsed, it is in spirit.
I'd love to indulge in a hackneyed, Andy Rooney-style tirade about music in the age of Twitter, and the ever-weakening of our nation's collective attention span, but that would be missing the point. Infinite Carcass wasn't born of distractions, but rather distillation.
"I think it's really a testament to quality over quantity," Volkman says. "We didn't want any bullshit in there." And there isn't any.
Once Watt's rusty yowl hacks through the false starts of "Doom Route," there's no time to get bored, or think about skipping tracks. I, for one, feel a little like a hit-and-run victim every time I get to the end of "Shitty Lazarus," with its lyrics, "my life's an empty grave." And, whoa, I thought that even before Watt pointed out the record's loose theme of humans as road-kill.
"We're all hit by cars," Watt explains. "Eventually something happens and you're just another body on the side of the road."
Girlfight recorded in Louisville with Lord's Chris Owens, an experience Volkman and Watt agree was one of the most intense of their lives. "For a week our whole lives were this record. Usually you're recording with some dudes in Pittsburgh over five weekends," Volkman says. "All we did was record, play hacky sack and eat noodles."
The sense of compression is palpable. Like some airborne toxin, it doesn't take extended exposure to Infinite Carcass to contract the rousing anxiety it radiates.
Girlfight will release Infinite Carcass with a show at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16. For more info, visit www.myspace.com/girlfightband.