“A murder of crows swooped out of the blue/They descended upon your dress/I won’t intervene, if you want me to?” murmers singer and bass guitarist Alice Scott. “It happens for less,” adds co-vocalist and guitarist James Smith, darkly.
Welcome to the world of Post War Glamour Girls – a place of menace, noir and occasional mayhem.
The obvious precedents for this four-piece, who met at the University of Leeds, are The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Captain Beefheart, the Pixies and Tom Waits at his gravelliest – but there’s more to Post War Glamour Girls than mere pastiche.
Their songs have bite – particularly the savage fury of Stolen Flowers Rust and the churning rock’n’roll of Service Station Blues.
Gothic titles such as Powdered Milk Asylum, Black Dolphin and Jazz Funerals suggest they’re not without a morbid sense of humour too.
But what makes this band stand out is the raw power of their performances – the ten tracks on Pink Fur explode from the speakers with a gut-churning intensity.
You never doubt their commitment – and that is what makes Post War Glamour Girls one of Leeds’s brightest hopes of 2014.
The band launch their album with a gig tonight at the Brudenell Social Club.