From: Glasgow, Scotland
Story: Classic crash-pop, C86-style
Sound: Trebly, twee, bittersweet
Glasgow's Golden Grrrls make classic, shambolic indie-pop; the kind of scrappy, poppy, ultra-melodic, lo-fi-recorded tracks that'll thrill that hearts of twee devotees. Fittingly enough, they're signed to US indie institution Slumberland, who's just turned out their debut, self-titled LP.
And it's an impressive debut: Golden Grrrls rising high above the C86-revivalist masses by dint of a host of killer tunes. The hype-making LP PR calls the record "eleven perfect songs," which is overstating it. But not by much. Let's just call them "eleven really good songs," and let that be revelatory enough. In an era in which so many records seem like singles surrounded by piles of padding, Golden Grrrls have collated a record in which mixtape-makers will be presented with a conundrum: which one of the eleven to choose?
The songs play with the familiar emotional contrasts of indie-pop: matching the upbeat tempos and major-key melodies with sad sentiments, sung sweetly by drummer Eilidh Rodgers (yes: singing drummer alert!) and guitarist Ruari MacLean. The band is rounded out by Rachel Aggs on guitar, bass, backing vocals; Aggs a notable third-wheel given she's also in the really awesome, Raincoats/Kleenex/Slits-influenced Trash Kit.
Golden Grrrls are about to play their first-ever American shows, including a West Coast stint opening for labelmates —and musical soulmates— Veronica Falls.
- Stream: Golden Grrrls, "Past Tense"
- Stream: Golden Grrrls, "We've Got..."
- Visit: Golden Grrrls on Bandcamp
March 21: Seattle, WA - Tractor
March 23: Portland, OR - Doug Fir
March 26: San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
March 29: Los Angeles, CA - Echo
March 30: San Diego, CA - Casbah
April 1: Boston, MA - Charlie's
April 2: Easthampton, MA - Flywheel
April 3: Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
April 4: Philadelphia, PA - Vox Populi
April 5: Arlington, VA - Comet Ping Pong
April 6: Baltimore, MD - The Bell Foundry
April 8: New York, NY - Cake Shop