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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

come on and laugh with me


Christopher Owens + Chet JR White are new San Francisco duo Girls. The boys would like to "to conjure up auditory memories of listening to a Beach Boys song out of an old car speaker," and their beautiful lo-fi pop actually comes pretty close to that. This is some of the most starkly honest and affecting stuff I've heard in a while, like a more relatable, hopelessly romantic version of Ariel Pink (related side note: Owens also plays in Holy Shit). The four songs over at their myspace page are all worth your time, but the sincere longing and sort of sad hopefulness they convey on these two gems is what won me over (thanks to Jennifer for the tip):

girls :: hellhole ratrace
girls :: god damned

Girls' limited Hellhole Ratrace 7" is due this spring on True Panther Sounds. The first 100 copies allegedly come with custom corsages, so get on it early. Girls also expect to have a full-length out this summer, and will play the French MIDI Festival in July.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They sound like Elvis Costello demos - circa 1978-80.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Dwight said...

Sucks. Boring as shit.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with Dwight from Yahoo.

2:10 PM  
Blogger doof said...

that's what i thought about your demo you sent me dwight

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

girls rule

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Richie said...

They should do a tour with that other new duo 'MEN' featuring two of the women from Le Tigre.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous clabshed said...

less elvis costello and more New Morning-era Dylan. "The Man in Me" comes to mind a bit.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah - his vocal style and chord changes are straight up Costello rip. Not even trying to disguise it.

5:33 PM  
Blogger bike messenger boyfriend said...

hellhole rat race blew my mind. brilliant... words... jingley bells... and then when it swells all kevin shieldsy like half way through...
...and though i hear the costello comparison it doesn't hold true if you listen to all the songs they have up on their myspace page so i'm not sure if it's at all intentional.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous cherry said...

yeah, "hellhole rat" race is kind of amazing. fantastic find, Chris.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are also playing Awesome Fest
April 18th at the Arena Theater in Point Arena CA (two and a half hours north of SF)...


also playing:
Willowz, Adam Stephens from Two Gallants, Golden Animals, Chief (NYC), Port OBrien, Bellavista (formerly The Vue), The Morning Benders and Thee Oh Sees...

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the shout out to Elvis Costello??? that back of the throat nasal melancholic drawl is straight out of EC

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, his voice sounds like EC's. So what? I found 'hellhouse ratrace' hypnotic and sadly sweet. Good post!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Just heard about these guys, don't they know there are already several bands with albums out (since 2005) with that same name? for example: http://www.myspace.com/thegirls

and these guys go way back:

Why bother keeping such a generic name that's already been taken several times over? Hope they find out about google someday....

4:44 PM  

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