Sunday, September 21, 2008

San Francisco based folkgazers
GIRLS make some of the most face melting, haunting, and dreamy music I have heard in a long time. Don't be surprised if you find yourself listening to their songs on repeat, over and over -- this stuff is uber catchy. To me, their music is the quintessential sonic lovechild of My Bloody Valentine and The Beach Boys. The band is a two piece outfit, sometimes more in the live setting, and consists of Christopher Owens and Chet "JR" White. I had the chance to ask Christopher some questions via e-mail:

Gaurav: Where are you guys from originally?
Christopher: I was born in Miami, Florida and JR was born in Santa Cruz, California

G: How long after the demise of your old band Curls did you start working on material for Girls?
C: I started writing the songs you've been hearing on myspace immediately after Curls became officially over, I was upset about Curls having to break up and determined to show the other ex member of Curls what a huge mistake she'd made. And then I started recording them with JR a couple months after that.

G: Tell me about the first time you met JR. What was it like?
C: The first friend I made when I moved to San Francisco introduced me to him and we basically just got drunk everyday all together and spent a lot of time with our group of friends, going to the beach, listening to music, watching tv, crashing parties, going to shows, everybody took turns dating each other too..we're a family of crazy people.

G: Is the band a full time time commitment, or do you both have other jobs?
C: The band is everything, but we have other hustles for right now to support ourselves. Hopefully soon that can change.

G:When did Girls form and how long have you been playing?
C: Girls formed in 2008, and our first show was in February.

Lust For Life the first 7" inch the band has released?
C: Yes, the first and only one at this point.

G: Are all copies really sold out?
C: Sold out for real man.

G: If I remember correctly, you all played some shows in Europe. How was the reception?
C: Hella good, very warm and sincere, very basic and honest. They just hear it at face value and love it, no politics, no bullshit.

G: How is gigging abroad different than playing in the states?
C: We really like it, there was definitely a wider age group at the shows, and and a wider variety of people as well. It also just feels more exciting the further you get from home.

G: Are you planning on touring in support of the 7"?
C: I guess we did a little bit, but now that we're back we just wanna finish recording our album, and maybe put together a band that can stay together and grow with us, because so far we play with different friends each gig, and we kind of have to go back to square one for each show, but we'd both really like to find some people to form the permanent band with now, and then tour for the album and all.

G: How did you end up befriending Abby Portner of the band Rings?
C: I used to play in a band called Holy Shit and we played a show together, all three of those girls and i form a close bond that we still have to this day. They're awful sweet, and fun and we just hit it off right off the bat.

G: When can we expect an LP? Is True Panther going to release it?
C: Oh, you'll have it soon enough, just as soon as it's ready. Yes, our debut album is with True Panther.

G: What is the most fucked up / insane show you've ever played?
C: We haven't had one yet. Nothing fucked yet. They're all insane though. I mean, come on. Art is insanity isn't it?

G: What artists/records/albums have you been enamored with as of late?
C: Ariel Pink - Haunted Graffiti, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segal, The Traditional Fools, The Sic Alps

G: Three all time favorite bands? Favorite SF act?

G: Favorite bands to play with?
C: Nirvana, Spiritualized, Janes Addiction.

G: Would you rather be holed up in a studio or on the road? Why?
C: Holed up in the studio for sure, I'm a song writer, I get off on writing them and recording them, and that's it, the rest is torture, hard work, stressful, dangerous.

G: What are you currently reading?
C: Queer, by William S. Burroughs

G: Last great film you saw?
C: Man on Wire.




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