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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: GIRLS – #44

Posted on 28 February 2012 by admin

 

Heartbreaker

 

From Wikipedia.com

Girls is an indie rock band from San Francisco, treatment California. The band comprises two key members—Christopher Owens, sovaldi sale the main writer and lead singer, cialis and Chet “JR” White, who plays bass and produces. Owens is a former member of the Children of God cult. The New York Times compared the band’s sound to Elvis Costello and Buddy Holly.

History

Upon arriving in San Francisco (via Amarillo, Texas), Owens met White, a Bay Area native who was raised in Santa Cruz, California. White began recording bands in his parents’ garage. Upon meeting, the two developed a strong bond and interest in similar music, as well as a shared background in Punk/Hardcore music. Shortly thereafter Owens and White started recording what was to later be their debut album, titled Album.

A former member of the band Holy Shit with Ariel Pink and Matt Fishbeck,[2] in an interview with Exclaim! magazine, Owens related much of how being part of the Children of God cult informed his childhood and his music. While there, he was not allowed to listen to music from outside the group, but was allowed to watch movies from which he absorbed music like Queen and Guns N’ Roses. Girls’ Album is an “overflow of expression”, as Owens could do whatever he liked on the album without worry for boundaries.[3]

The band released their second full length album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 9, 2011 in UK/Europe and on September 13 in the USA. On July 20, 2011, they released “Vomit” from their upcoming album as a free download. This was followed by a video of the same song in August. “Honey Bunny” is the second cut off the record and will receive a proper single release in vinyl and other formats. On November 7, 2011, Girls announced a standalone single, “Lawrence,” to be released on a heart-shaped vinyl on November 28, 2011. The song was written as a gift to Felt lead singer Lawrence Hayward.[4]

Besides its two official members the band has recorded and/or toured with: Ryan William Lynch, Garett Godard, Matthew Kallman, Darren Weiss, Dan Eisenberg, John Anderson.

Critical acclaim

Pitchfork Media rated their single “Hellhole Ratrace” at 383 of the top 500 songs of the 2000s.[5] Their 2009 debut album Album received a rating of 9.1/10 and was rated the 10th best album of 2009 by Pitchfork.[6][7] In 2010, their EP Broken Dreams Club was rated the 22nd best album of the year by Pitchfork. In 2011, “Vomit” and “Honey Bunny”, the first and second single from the band’s second album, received “Best New Music” designations from Pitchfork.[8] Their newest album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost has received much acclaim with Pitchfork rating it a 9.3[9] and has been ranked number five on their Top 50 Albums of 2011 list.[10]

Touring

The band toured Europe and returned to the U.S. in late 2009 for a national headlining tour. They are known for the use of drugs whilst making their first album, though in a 2009 interview with State magazine[11] lead singer Owens suggested this is now a more occasional indulgence. More recently, in an interview with Pitchfork Media [12] Owens outlined his method of touring without drugs, spending several days withdrawing from the opiate addiction that he struggles with all other times. The group played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010. Girls will begin touring again on 3 September 2011, playing across the USA, Canada, Japan, UK, and Europe.

Discography

Albums

EPs

Singles

  • “Lust for Life”/”Morning Light”(July 1, 2008, True Panther Sounds TRUE008)
    • Format: 7″ vinyl, limited to 500 copies[18]
    1. “Lust for Life” – 2:25
    2. “Morning Light” – 2:36
  • Hellhole Ratrace(July 6, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY001)
    • Format: 10″ vinyl
    1. “Hellhole Ratrace” – 6:57
    2. “Solitude” – 3:44
  • Lust for Life(September 7, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY002)
    • Format: 7″ vinyl
    1. “Lust for Life” – 2:25
    2. “Life in San Francisco” – 2:21
  • “Laura”(November 9, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY004)
    • Format: 7″ vinyl
    1. “Laura” – 4:52
    2. “Oh Boy” – 2:41
  • “Morning Light”(February 22, 2010, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY005)
    • Format: 7″ vinyl[19]
    1. “Morning Light” – 2:36
    2. End of the World” – 3:35
  • “Heartbreaker” (November 15, 2010)[citation needed]
    • Format: CD
  • “Lawrence”(November 28, 2011, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY005)
    • Format: 12″ red heart shaped vinyl, limited to 1000 copies
    1. “Lawrence” – 4:00

 

Links:

http://www.facebook.com/GIRLSsf

http://www.twitter.com/GIRLSsf

http://www.youtube.com/FantasytrashcanTV

http://www.myspace.com/girls

 

2 Comments For This Post

  1. adderallrehab Says:

    I can not imagine performing in front of so many people with signs of opiate addiction hanging over my head. It is hard enough to go up in front of that many people.

  2. monarch shores Says:

    Cochella is a cool place but I bet there are plenty of people there who could use some marijuana rehab

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