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Girls was an American indie rock band, formed in San Francisco in 2007 The band comprised two key members: Christopher Owens, songwriter and lead singer, and Chet "JR" White, who played bass and produced Girls' sound was heavily inspired by the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with their sound being described as lo-fi, surf rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, pop rock, country rock and garage rock

Girls' debut full-length, Album, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim Its 2011 follow-up, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, was also well received On July 2, 2012, Owens announced that he was leaving the band and would continue to record as a solo artist

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Formation and Album 2007–09
    • 12 Father, Son, Holy Ghost 2010–2011
    • 13 Breakup 2012
  • 2 Musical style
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Albums
    • 32 EPs
    • 33 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

History

Formation and Album 2007–09

Owens was born into the fundamentalist cult Children of God, but absconded at the age of sixteen from their community in Slovenia to Amarillo, Texas It took him years of exploring common technology, hardcore punk and nihilism, among other things, to cope in mainstream society He began busking, which gave him an outlet and contact with the outside world In an interview with Exclaim! magazine, Owens related much of how being part of the Children of God cult informed his childhood and his music While there, he was not allowed to listen to music from outside the group, but was allowed to watch films from which he absorbed music like Queen and Guns N' Roses In Amarillo, Owens was taken in by Stanley Marsh 3, working as his personal assistant for four years

When Owens turned 25, he moved to San Francisco, where he started making music and taking drugs such as cocaine and heroin While in California, Owens became a member of Holy Shit with Ariel Pink and Matt Fishbeck Owens then met Chet "JR" White, a Bay Area native who was raised in Santa Cruz, California, who began recording bands in his parents' garage in his teens Upon meeting, the two developed a strong bond and interest in similar music, as well as a shared background in punk/hardcore music Shortly thereafter, Owens and White started recording what was to later be their debut album, titled Album

Album received critical acclaim when it was released Pitchfork rated the single "Hellhole Ratrace" at 383 of the top 500 songs of the 2000s The same website gave the album a grade of 91/10 and was rated the 10th best album of 2009

Father, Son, Holy Ghost 2010–2011

In 2010, Girls released the EP Broken Dreams Club, an EP Owens described as "a taste of things to come" On July 20, 2011, they released the song "Vomit" from their upcoming album as a free download This was followed by a video of the same song in August "Honey Bunny" was the second cut off the record The band released their second full-length album Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 9, 2011 in UK/Europe and on September 13 in the USA In November 2011, Girls announced a standalone single, "Lawrence", released on heart-shaped vinyl on November 28, 2011; The song was written as a tribute to Felt lead singer Lawrence

Girls playing at Coachella

Like Album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost received much acclaim "Vomit" and "Honey Bunny", the first and second single from the album, received "Best New Music" designations from Pitchfork The same website gave the album a grade of 93 and was ranked number five on their Top 50 Albums of 2011 list Billboard said "with Father, Son, Holy Ghost the band has vaulted the equivalent of three albums ahead, taking the conciseness of the EP and confounding expectations" Spin gave the album a 9/10 rating, saying "with Father, Son, Holy Ghost's exquisite, beyond-indie melodies, arrangements, and musicianship the playful "Magic," the elegant "Just a Song," the fiery "Die", Christopher Owens and bassist-producer JR White flirt with perfection"

The songs on the album deal with love and Owens' drug addiction; Owens stated that he needed to detox prior to tours in order to make it through them

Father, Son, Holy Ghost brought even more exposure to the band The album peaked at no 37 on the Billboard 200 On the tour in support of the album, the band performed at the St Jerome's Laneway Festival and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival In addition, the band performed songs from the album on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan

Breakup 2012

On July 1, 2012, Christopher Owens announced via his Twitter feed that he was leaving the band though he will continue to record music on his own Owens cited the band's constantly shifting lineup as the reason for his departure, saying in an interview with Pitchfork: "e were replacing members for every other tour; I didn't feel like I had other people who were maturing alongside me I counted out the amount of people that were in the band over the years It was 21 – a giant amount of people That's feeling disappointed 21 times over" The breaking point for Owens came when guitarist John Anderson, one of Owens' closest friends, left the band

In a March 2013 Paste Magazine article, Chet "JR" White talked to writer Philip Cosores After the band's disbandment, White denied all requests for interviews White told Corsores there was an initial shock after reading Owens' email and tweets about the band's breakup; but after they spoke less during the Father, Son, Holy Ghost sessions, he "knew it could be coming soon"

Owens released his debut solo album Lysandre on January 15, 2013 He followed this up with A New Testament in September 2014

Musical style

Girls were heavily influenced by the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with their sound being described as lo-fi, surf rock, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, pop rock, country rock and garage rock For the band's first album Album, critics identified The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, Spiritualized, Galaxie 500, Felt and Ariel Pink as possible influences The band's second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, kept most of the surf rock sound of the first album, but also saw their sound expand into metal and gospel music

Discography

Albums

  • Album September 22, 2009, True Panther Sounds – No 136 Billboard 200, No 3 Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost September 13, 2011 – No 37 Billboard 200, No 119 UK Albums Chart

EPs

  • Broken Dreams Club EP November 22, 2010, True Panther Sounds

Singles

  • "Lust for Life"/"Morning Light" July 1, 2008, True Panther Sounds TRUE008
    • Format: 7" vinyl, limited to 500 copies
    1. "Lust for Life" – 2:25
    2. "Morning Light" – 2:36
  • "Hellhole Ratrace" July 6, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY001
    • Format: 10" vinyl
    1. "Hellhole Ratrace" – 6:57
    2. "Solitude" – 3:44
  • "Lust for Life" September 7, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY002
    • Format: 7" vinyl
    1. "Lust for Life" – 2:25
    2. "Life in San Francisco" – 2:21
  • "Laura" November 9, 2009, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY004
    • Format: 7" vinyl
    1. "Laura" – 4:52
    2. "Oh Boy" – 2:41
  • "Morning Light" February 22, 2010, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY005
    • Format: 7" vinyl
    1. "Morning Light" – 2:36
    2. "End of the World" – 3:35
  • "Lawrence" November 28, 2011, Fantasytrashcan FANTASY005
    • Format: 12" red heart shaped vinyl, limited to 1000 copies
    1. "Lawrence" – 4:00
  • "My Ma" March 22, 2012
    1. "Love Life" – 2:28
    • Format: 7" vinyl, limited to 1000 copies

References

  1. ^ a b c d Hobe, Hermione September 11, 2011 "Girls' Christopher Owens: 'I did things I won't talk about, just to survive'" The Guardian Archived from the original on April 2, 2016 
  2. ^ Snider, Eric January 21, 2010 "Girls Front Man Christopher Owens Talks Candidly and Clearheadedly About His Reputation as a Druggie" OC Weekly Archived from the original on September 24, 2015 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  3. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan February 3, 2010 "The life story of Girls' Christopher Owens isn't too good to be true" Riverfront Times Archived from the original on October 6, 2014 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  4. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan November 3, 2009 "The Secret Life of Girls" VillageVoicecom Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  5. ^ "Christopher Owens – Girls – FAQ" faqmagazineorg Archived from the original on May 28, 2010 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  6. ^ "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201" Features Pitchfork August 17, 2009 Archived from the original on July 31, 2010 Retrieved September 26, 2009 
  7. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2009" Staff Lists Pitchfork December 17, 2009 Archived from the original on December 21, 2009 Retrieved December 21, 2009 
  8. ^ "Girls: Album" Album Reviews Pitchfork September 25, 2009 Archived from the original on October 3, 2009 Retrieved September 26, 2009 
  9. ^ Schnipper, Matthew November 19, 2010 "Interview: Christopher Owens of Girls" The FADER Archived from the original on June 2, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  10. ^ a b Barrett, John November 7, 2011 "Girls to Release Limited Edition 7-Inch Single" pastemagazinecom Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  11. ^ Pelly, Jenn November 7, 2011 "Girls Announce New Single "Lawrence" | Pitchfork" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on June 25, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  12. ^ "Pitchfork's "Vomit" review" Archived from the original on July 24, 2011 
  13. ^ "Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost Album Review" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on May 31, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  14. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2011 - Pitchfork" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  15. ^ Hermes, Will September 13, 2011 "Girls: Rock As Religion" NPRorg Archived from the original on June 27, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  16. ^ "Girls' Christopher Owens: 'I struggle with an addiction to serious, very heavy opiates'" nmecom September 19, 2011 Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  17. ^ a b "Girls - Pitchfork" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on March 7, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  18. ^ "Album Search for "father son holy ghost"" AllMusic Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  19. ^ Battan, Carrie "Girls Announce US Tour" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on June 25, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  20. ^ "Watch Girls On Conan" stereogumcom April 19, 2012 Archived from the original on July 6, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  21. ^ "Girls Hit Jimmy Fallon" stereogumcom September 14, 2011 Archived from the original on July 6, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  22. ^ Pelly, Jenn July 2, 2012 "Girls Frontman Christopher Owens Leaves Band" wwwpitchforkcom Archived from the original on July 7, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  23. ^ Dombal, Ryan December 5, 2012 "Christopher Owens" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on March 6, 2016 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  24. ^ a b Cosores, Philip March 21, 2013 "Former Girls Producer/Bassist Chet "JR" White Breaks Silence on Band's Split" pastemagazinecom Retrieved 10 July 2017 
  25. ^ Pelly, Jenn "Stream Christopher Owens' Debut Solo Record in Full, Plus West Coast Dates Added" pitchforkcom Archived from the original on June 25, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  26. ^ a b Lindsay, Cam October 2009 "The Cult of Girls" Exclaim! Archived from the original on October 24, 2009 
  27. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason "Album: Review" Allmusic Retrieved September 26, 2009 
  28. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon September 2, 2009 "New Tunes from Girls, Men, Darlings, Boys Like Girls and Boy Crisis" Archived from the original on November 4, 2015 Retrieved July 10, 2017 – via NYTimescom 
  29. ^ Chamings, Andrew Wallace October 5, 2011 "SF's Girls Issue a Gorgeous Old-School Epic" SF Weekly Archived from the original on August 11, 2015 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  30. ^ Beaumont, Mark September 12, 2011 "Album Review: Girls - 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost'" NME Archived from the original on February 2, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  31. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer "The Story Behind the Loveliest Rock Album of the Year So Far" theatlanticcom Archived from the original on March 24, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  32. ^ Girls Music News & Info | Billboard
  33. ^ Girls Music News & Info | Billboard
  34. ^ "New Album : GIRLS - Father, Son, Holy Ghost" 1forthepeoplecom Archived from the original on June 29, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  35. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on March 3, 2016 Retrieved 2016-05-16 
  36. ^ "True Panther Sounds" wwwtruepanthercom Archived from the original on May 23, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  37. ^ "Girls 5 - Lust For Life/Morning Light" Discogs Archived from the original on July 4, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 
  38. ^ "Girls to Release 'Morning Light' Single" Pitchfork Archived from the original on December 2, 2009 
  39. ^ "Girls – "My Ma" Video" stereogumcom February 27, 2012 Archived from the original on June 28, 2017 Retrieved July 10, 2017 

Further reading

  • Tim Jonze talks the duo Girls

External links

  • Official Facebook page
  • Official Twitter page
  • Official YouTube Channel
  • Official MySpace page
  • Official Girls Page On Turnstile Website

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