Worry / Gimme Hell
"In the spirit of Dead Moon before them, Green/Blue have wrangled the simplicity of “Worry” and “Gimme Hell” to write some of their best songs to date, punk anthems that’ll have you shouting in no time. While they’ve upped the jangle and loosened the density, the duel vocal approach on “Worry” is plenty epic, a big nasty punk song with pop splendor and self-awareness. The vocals pair Sparrows and Blaha together for a riotous gang effect, giving it a sort of last-call at the seedy bar kind of energy. Which is to say, it’s pretty much perfect, a song about the struggle that feels downright triumphant. “Gimme Hell” follows suit, a down but never out call to rise up and fight. The skeletal guitars and punchy rhythm keep it firmly in the garage spit-and-jangle mode with vocals that pretty much demand to be shouted en masse. Whether it’s a new direction for the band or just a fun one-off from the studio sessions, Green/Blue sound absolutely super-charged." -Dan Goldin / Post-Trash
The dark and dreamy halftoned realism of Green/Blue comes into near-perfect focus across 'Paper Thin'. Ever the prolific recording duo, Jim Blaha and Annie Sparrows are back with their third album in as many years, following previous releases on HoZac and Slovenly. Their Minneapolis basement studio has yet again translated to tape what many in the post-punk realm often fail to realize - a certain icy-cool confidence. Chilling vocal harmonies resonate atop melodic guitar leads and a razor-sharp rhythm section as the album stretches to just under twenty-five minutes. Green/Blue evoke a certain somber and honest set of sonics, distilling the now and pondering the future as these ten tracks spin vibrantly at 45 RPM.
Green/Blue have thrust forth their second-born Offering to the gods of noise, washed in hypnotic barbed-wire guitar slices wrapped in troubled dreams of paranoid isolation, it’s the perfect cerebral soundtrack for these endless, draining days. A dizzying balance of riveting guitar interplay brings Heavy Times’ influence full circle, and their minimalist backbeat just further illustrates how Green/Blue are taking the sum of their parts to the brink of air-tight tonality. Brisk, break-neck guitar patterns slide effortlessly over each track, channeling that certain euphoric tension we all yearn for in modern music, and here it is with so much to spare. Jim Blaha (Blind Shake/Shadow In The Cracks), Annie Sparrows (Soviettes/Awesome Snakes), and Dan Henry (Sgt 6 Assault/Dummies/France Has The Bomb) come together here on their Offering LP like a temporarily restrained force, just waiting to explode. While not clinging to any of their prior bands’ styles, Green/Blue kicks through the glass into a new dimension of icy pop precision, unlimited in its warmth and invigoration. With their hushed waves of intricate heaven-woven vocal layers drizzling over each track, this Minneapolis “conglomeration of rock” comes together in incredible colors on their continuously impressive Offering. It's quite the mesmerizing blur of styles you might just need like we do right now, so dive in and don't look back! Recommended If You Like: The Wipers, Heavy Times, My Bloody Valentine, Radar Eyes, Pixies, Fizzbombs, Sonic Youth