7 Songs, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Punk rock has taken many forms. The most interesting music often comes from its avant-garde wing, where the usual limitations are turned on their head and made fresh, daring, and new. Girlpool are the Los Angeles–based duo of guitarist Cleo Tucker and bassist Harmony Tividad. Together, they sing, harmonize, and yell intelligent lyrics that discuss sexism, angst, and their vulnerability as young women in a male-dominated scene. This debut EP is 15 minutes of seven quick songs that benefit from the stripped-down sound (the instruments are deliberately undistorted). It makes their message easier to understand.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Punk rock has taken many forms. The most interesting music often comes from its avant-garde wing, where the usual limitations are turned on their head and made fresh, daring, and new. Girlpool are the Los Angeles–based duo of guitarist Cleo Tucker and bassist Harmony Tividad. Together, they sing, harmonize, and yell intelligent lyrics that discuss sexism, angst, and their vulnerability as young women in a male-dominated scene. This debut EP is 15 minutes of seven quick songs that benefit from the stripped-down sound (the instruments are deliberately undistorted). It makes their message easier to understand.

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About girlpool

A drummerless electric guitar-and-bass duo offering a sparse but spirited take on empowered indie rock, Girlpool's Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad borrow plenty of attitude from early-'90s trailblazers like Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, and Shampoo. The duo formed in 2013, when Tucker and Tividad were still teenagers living in Los Angeles. Sometimes fun and playful, other times raw and vulnerable, their punk flair and honesty struck a chord on their self-released eponymous debut EP. Tucker and Tividad were approached by British indie Wichita Recordings, who set up a U.K. tour and re-released their debut in November 2014. Late that year, the duo relocated to Philadelphia and recorded with Kyle Gilbride of Swearin'; the results were 2015's full-length debut, Before the World Was Big. Following the success of their debut, plans to work with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on the follow-up were mounted, but scheduling issues meant the duo ended up working on the record themselves in the end. The near collaboration signaled a slight departure from the minimal instrumentation of their first record, as Tucker and Tividad decided to develop their sound with additional instrumentation on their sophomore effort. Despite the additional drums on Powerplant, the pair stayed true to their core sound, and the record was released in 2017. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2013

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