Girls Against Boys

Girls Against Boys' dual-bass attack and Scott McCloud's wheezy sing-speak vocals (reminiscent of the Fall's Mark E. Smith) produce an energetic, if sometimes noisy, sound that would probably annoy listeners if it weren't for the D.C. band's great Fugazi-influenced songs. Girls Against Boys' 1989 debut album, Tropic of Scorpio, appeared on the Adult Swim label, followed by a leap up to the popular indie Touch & Go for Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby. The albums that followed -- 1995's Cruise Yourself and 1996's House of GVSB -- charted the group's growing fortunes. Their jump to major label Geffen with 1998's Freak*on*ica resulted in higher sales but more negative reviews.