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Formed by teenage best friends, Girlpool evolved dramatically in a relatively short time frame. The band grew from a sparse drummerless duo on their earliest albums into something resembling a more traditional indie rock act on subsequent records like 2019's What Chaos Is Imaginary, borrowing angst from '90s alternative guitar heroes and lush arrangements and bright harmonies from classic radio pop.
Girlpool was formed by friends Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker in 2013 when the two were still teenagers living in Los Angeles. Building a spare sound from guitar, bass, and unison vocals, the duo worked in raw, sometimes playful territory on a self-released eponymous debut EP they released just weeks after forming.
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. In 2018, the band collaborated with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) on the single "Picturesong." In early 2019, third album What Chaos Is Imaginary arrived, revealing even more of an evolution of the group's sound which included the addition of synths, drum machines, and string arrangements. ~ Timothy Monger
- Los Angeles, CA
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