The songs on "Inverted Valentine" cover a wide range of musical styles incoporating a variety of worldly musical instruments. From the Mariachi trumpet and Flamenco guitar of "Temptation"; to the stripped down Acoustic guitar and dark lonesome tone of the Mandocello on "Unrequited Love"; the songs manage to catch the listener's ear. Melodic hooks abound and a clear and concise message is delivered with well crafted, thought provoking lyrics. The songs of "Inverted Valentine" invite the listener to come in, experience the music and it's message, take something if you want, because brokenness needs to be shared. Songs the singer/songwriter Ward Hayden etched on paper when his heart found the way to his hand in tribute to urgency, impossibility and the ache behind a smile and humming guitar.
Girls Guns & Glory is able to explore a variety of sonic directions under the guise of Americana. Their country twang mixed with genuine sentiment of rock and folk captures the attention of listeners who can appreciate catchy yet thoughtful tunes. Girls Guns & Glory formed in Scituate, Massachusetts in the winter of 2005 when former band-mates and high school friends, Ward Hayden (lead vocals/acoustic Guitar) and Bruce Beagley (Bass), teamed up to record Ward's original compositions.
They entered Noise in the Attic Studio and began work on the GG&G debut album "Fireworks & Alcohol." The success of that release fueled the formation of a 5 piece lineup that began to work the New England club scene in earnest. Their sophomore release; "Pretty Little Wrecking Ball", in February of 2007 proved to be thecatalyst in a break-out year for the band as they collected 2 Boston Phoenix Awards, numerous articles in the press and lots of radio play - culminating in a Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Americana Act of the Year". The band solidified is's lineup as a strong 4 piece featuring John Graham on Drums and Colt Thompson on Guitar.
Winners of the 30th Annual WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble - 2008
Winner "Outstanding Americana Act of the Year" 2007 Boston Music Award
Winner "Best Roots Act" 2007 FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll
Winner "Best Local Band" 2007 Boston Phoenix Reader's Poll!
"One of the Ten Bands You Have to Hear" 2007 - The Improper Bostonian
"A twangy country-folk band might not best represent the majority of music that's coming out of Boston, but Girls Guns & Glory is a DAMNED GOOD AMBASSADOR FOR THE HUB'S LOCAL TALENT. An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune." -The Boston Phoenix
"Girls Guns and Glory delivered a graceful, sturdy set of Buddy Holly-meets-Buck Owens twang 'n' roll that translated to the night's most sublime performance. Singer-guitarist Ward Hayden has the pillowy voice of a '50s pin-up star -- the constant comparisons to crooners like Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett are well-deserved -- and his band's amber-soaked melodies, tight musicianship, and casual elegance were a tonic to an evening." -The Boston Globe
"(Girls Guns & Glory) had a smooth, authentic Honky Tonk/early Rock & Roll vibe that was incredibly endearing. The group won over the packed house at Mr. Pitiful's "in less than half a verse, no lie,"" -City Beat (Cincinnatti, OH)
"Girls, Guns and Glory just might re-ignite the whole country-rock scene in New England...GG&G has some serious country music chops, but they also kick it up with rock 'n' roll abandon.” – The Patriot Ledger
"Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n' roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.” –The Boston Herald
"Bourbon's doesn't feature chicken wire around the stage or peanut hulls on the floor, but the new venue felt like a Southern roadhouse on Friday night when Girls Guns and Glory rocked the joint, roots style.” –The Wire (Portsmouth, NH)
“Girls Guns and Glory isn't your typical rock n' roll band. They burst into their first set, treating a capacity crowd to lick to tunes that would even make Charlie Daniels and Tom Petty tip their hats.” – The Noise