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Part 2 of Review by Megan Dyer

There’s a certain sense of humility in Hungry Girls’ music, with its lack of bravado and arrogance. That doesn’t mean that the tunes don’t pack a punch or are anemic little ditties that are easy to swallow—quite the opposite. Dave McKey’s vocals are melodic and filled with controlled emotion, which comes through whether he’s telling his listeners a story, like in “One Fine Day,” or declaring “I don’t need no one to tell me what to do/I don’t need no one to tell me what to say/I’m a lone wolf/And I’ll always be this way,” like in “Lone Wolfe Blues,” (a real standout tune, by the way). Other songs such as “You Never Know” ask the simple but profound kinds of questions that we all ask at some point in our lives, but can never find the answer to: “Does it take pain to make a man?/Do you need to break a man to make a man?” We all wonder, we’ve all been there on the verge of exasperation, and none of us know the answer. Neither does Hungry Girls, but that’s okay—the music itself is all the answer we need to be satisfied. In one of the more surprising tunes, “Mary Jane,” Dave sings the praises the beloved that the song’s namesake comes from. On the surface, it appears to be another ode to every pothead’s favorite pastime, but a closer listen, describes a much more conflicted and complicated relationship with the personified drug of choice, likening it to a romance doomed by one-sided adoration and an empty love that is as addictive as it is toxic. Other tracks such as “Don’t Mind Me,” just clip right along with the danceable tempo of a contemporary folk song, and slows down just enough to catch its breath and say, “I just want to live/Don’t mind me, girl/ I'm trying to live.” Simple, to the point, and stripped down to bare bones, Hungry Girls’ music leaves you hungry for more. There’s something very satisfying and a bit amazing to find yourself, song after song, saying, “I know exactly what he means when he sings that. That’s so simple and put so perfectly. Why didn’t I ever think to say it that way?” Besides, who doesn’t drop whatever they are doing when they see a storm brewing in the distance? We all love to just stop, watch and listen, because there is something very special and singular about it. Same goes for the music of Hungry Girls.

Review by Megan Ma'ayan Dyer Part 1

When I was younger, most of the music I listened to was loud, intense, and volatile. Whether I was rocking my heart out while deep in the throes of my punk phase or discovering that my inner voice had found a kindred spirit in the ominous growls and pained moans and screams of Trent Reznor, my youthful angst craved expression through music that could reflect just how vibrant those feelings were. If I was screaming on the inside, I needed someone screaming along with me in my headphones. Now I’m older and have settled down a bit, and my taste in music has become more varied and nuanced. While there is still a time and place to rock out with the volume all the way up, I now find that the subtle can hit you with a ten ton brick of catharsis just as hard and satisfying as a cacophony of electric distortion, machine-gun drums and lots of yelling. My most recent discovery of how powerful the subtle can be comes by way of Hungry Girls, a local gem that makes me feel pride in my hometown. Listening to Hungry Girls is like witnessing a storm rolling in the near distance, just on the peripheral of home. You aren’t standing right in the middle of earth shattering thunder and lightning, getting pelted in the downpour—rather, you get to bear witness from a safe distance, to enjoy the scent of the rain riding on the wind and watch the sky become fluorescent as it lights up beautifully. You get to listen to the thunder rolling soothingly against the pitter patter of just-fallen raindrops. There’s something really comforting but a bit lonely about watching a storm make its way through the near-distance, and the music of Hungry Girls evokes just those kinds of emotions. Nothing is loud and in your face, because it doesn’t really need to be. The music attracts your attention because it doesn’t demand it..... CONTINUED IN PART 2

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HUNGRY GIRLS. 2013 demo

250 copies. 5 songs. FOR FREEEEE. Free download will be made available as well. 50 copies will be a special edition that will come with a lil something extra and look a little cooler.

TRACKLIST:

1. Hungry Girls. 2. Lazy Boys Don't Do Shit 3. Simple Enough 4. Never Knew Nothing 5. Cold Baths and Epitaphs

Featuring:

Dave McKey - Vocals, Guitars, Programming, Synth, Composition/Arrangement

Jess Miller - Keyboards, Guitar

The demo will be out before Xmas. Shirts might get made up soon too if there is a demand for them.

Stay hungry,

--HUNGRY GIRLS.

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