George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Although ‘You’re Welcome’ may be their first EP, there’s a good chance you will have heard the name Lambrini Girls flying around the punk scene. Most recently turning heads at The Great Escape, the band have become known for their brutal live performances. 

There is nothing overly complicated, experimental or groundbreaking about this EP. However, the sheer achievement of transporting the raw energy, passion and anger of Lambrini Girls’ live sound onto a record is unbelievable. The performances here are incredibly impressive and the sound is monstrous throughout every track. 

The star of this EP is, of course, Phoebe Lunny, who could not have possibly given a better vocal performance. Their voice is furious, filled with righteous anger towards TERFs, abusers and the casual (or far more extreme) misogyny and homophobia of men. Their lyrics are both hilarious and shocking. 

‘Boys In The Band’ tackles the worship of problematic male figures in the music industry while ‘Lads Lads Lads’ attacks the masculine violence that has become normalised within our society. With every bitingly sarcastic line, Lunny’s voice is filled with complete devotion, laying into each of their deserving targets one by one. 

The instrumental performances somehow match this ferocity. The riffs, although simple, go incredibly hard. The ascending guitars at the climax of ‘Lads Lads Lads’ and the blistering noise of ‘White Van’ are just two examples of instrumental highlights; at only 16 minutes, you really might as well smash through the whole thing.

Macieira’s basslines are sinister and pounding and, when paired with the ferocious drum performances, they add to the chaos of the guitars and vocals beautifully. It is these sincere and completely dedicated performances that make Lambrini Girls stand out from other punk acts. They waste absolutely no time whatsoever.

Lambrini Girls’ balance of listenability and disgustingly noisy punk is impressive. The EP will shock you, empower you and, most importantly, will demonstrate just how vital this band is, both in the studio and on the stage. 

Listen to ‘You’re Welcome’ here:

Catch Lambrini Girls at the following:

Celebrate This Place @ Tramshed, Cardiff – 20th May

Art Rock Festival, Saint Brieuc – 26th May

Levitation, Angers – 27th May

Lexington, London – 31st May

SUBU Summer Ball, Bournemouth – 3rd June

Aucard de Tours, Tours – 9th June

Fete de L’ilot, Dunkerque – 10th June

Heartbreakers, Southampton – 13th June

Rough Trade, Bristol – 14th June

Yes Basement, Manchester – 15th June

Hug & Pint, Glasgow – 16th June

Ferocious, Alternative Pride, Leeds – 17th June

Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich – 18th June

Garorock, Marmande – 29th June

Crystal Palace, London (w/ Iggy Pop) – 1st July

2000trees Festival, Cheltenham – 6th July

Valkhof, Nijmegen – 15th July

Dour Festival, Dour – 16th July

Truck Festival, Steventon – 21st July

Micro Festival, Liège – 4th August

Absolutely Free Festival, Genk – 5th August

Cabaret Vert, Charleville Mezieres – 19th August

Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden – 9th September

Future Days, Birmingham – 7th October