Fear of Girls feels like the end of one of those sleeper TV hits. You’ve binge watched a medical drama on Netflix for about a solid week; the lead character has rebuffed a love interest in a draw to the season’s end, or perhaps achieved the pyrrhic victory of beating an unnamed cancer. The diseased MacGuffin has induced you into a teary-eyed, introspective state. This song plays in the final scene. You break down on the sofa.
The song is fittingly angst-y, sexily reverbed and packs a punch. Fear of Girls could easily belong on the official sound track of any Grey’s Anatomy-esque show. It’s a welcome change from what we have seen from Sad Hour so far, shifting to more emotive ballad’s, compared to the danced-out tracks of Ex Lover and Get On Your Shoulder Pads.
The song leads with a gentle, bluesy riff, with lead vocalist Sean Moring lightly grasping at the idea of having a phobia of the opposite sex (gynophobia, according to Wikipedia). The band follows suit in the chorus amidst a cascade of raucous, angst-y, 20-something anxiety. The song is an emotional slow-boil, which deftly holds the listeners attention from start to finish.
Fear of Girls should be measured in psychotherapeutic terms. If you had an actual fear of girls, seeking out a “pickup artist” book or joining a toxically masculine subreddit, would probably be the worst treatment. The track thankfully doesn’t fall into that realm of tragedy. Fear of Girls is basically cognitive-behavioural therapy: the best kind of treatment for most phobias.
If you have a serious phobia of girls, then Sad Hour is the Sigmund to your Freud.
Listen to Fear of Girls here: https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7660486
Sad Hour’s EP launch of the same name is happening November 23 at the Sewing Room, check it out here.