I love Girls. Well, the band that calls itself Girls, in any case.
Consisting of Christopher Owens (singer-songwriter-guitarist) and Chet White (bass, producer), the band has taken the indie scenes worldwide by storm with its largely ‘old-school’ sonic & textural approaches. With two well-received full lengths (Album – 2009 & Father Son Holy Ghost – 2011) and EP (Broken Dreams Club – 2010) under its belt, Girls has firmly established itself as an exciting new band to keep a close watch on.
Much capital has been made in the media about Owen’s colourful past which includes being raised in a Children of God commune and being mentored by an eccentric billionaire. In his interviews, Owen’s candor sometimes gets him into trouble but you just have to respect an artist as honest as he is. Personally, I love how Owen simply ignores current trends and writes and plays the music he feels in his soul. A true artist in my book!
Certainly, Girls will stand out from most of the other acts at Laneway Festival Singapore 2012, which is exactly why I am pretty much excited about Girls hitting our shores in February. At most, Girls perhaps shares affinity with Laura Marling and Cults for looking back in order to move forward (if you can my drift).
Listening to the new album – Father, Son, Holy Ghost – has been an absolute joy and pleasure so far. With songs like My Ma, Vomit and Forgiveness pulling my heart strings, Honey Bunny tickling my sweet tooth and Die pummeling my senses, there’s little doubt in my mind that Girls are the real McCoy and stand as a good a chance as any to create truly timeless music. Can we just call it great rock n roll music and leave it at that?
If a modern day analogue needs to be made (at all), consider Christopher Owens a hybrid of say, Kurt Cobain and Beck, with a whole dollop of his own unique personality thrown in. Yes, I believe that Girls is no flash in the pan and deserves the attention and hyperbole lavished on it thus far. And I hear that they’re even better live! Check out the awesome rendition of Forgiveness below (and I sure hope they bring along that big band to Singapore!)
Tickets available at SISTIC