Yeah, yeah, yeah…so this lot have been all over the blogs of late, but having only just got the album yesterday and been extremely impressed by the album (****, I reckon), I figured that if there was anyone who hadn’t heard them, they might like to, as well.
Girls hail from San Francisco - and have given themselves a name that is almost as impossible to google as Sexy Kids gave themselves a name that you really didn’t want to. This is gorgeous, old-style indie-pop, and if anyone feels that it lacks on orignality, it more than makes up for it with the emotional scope. If ‘Hellhole Ratrace’ or its’ b-side ‘Solitude’ don’t move you, consult your psychiatrist.
There’s all sorts of influences on here -Elvis Costello and The Beach Boys come to mind. There’s also a few parallels with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, and it seems likely that both bands will do well in the end of year polls, which really cannot be far away now.
According to press releases/legend/myth/interenet etc.. Girls frontman Christopher Owens grew up in the Children Of God Cult. After a traumatic childhood (brother dies, Dad leaves, Mum forced to prostitute herself) he eacped, made his to San Francisco via Texas and met Chet ‘JR’ White with whom he formed Girls. The vocals are heartwrneching and the album begs to be played again and again.
There are some folks who are grumbling on the net that this lot are favoured by hipsters and so therefore aren’t worth a listen; I beg you to reconsider and make up your own mind…Go and check out debut album, entitled, umm Album, and start by enjoying these tracks and videos here.