Girls, a San Francisco-based indie pop/rock band is playing two shows in the New York City area this week. The first was at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on Nov. 2. The second show is tonight at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan.
Band members include Christopher Owens, Chet “JR” White, John Anderson and Garett Godard. Their debut album, entitled simply “Album,” is a range of surfer-rock, indie pop and driven indie rock. The band received high acclaim from independent music source Pitchfork Media, gaining a 9.1 out of 10 rating for its first release.
The main single off the album, “Lust for Life,” is a poppy, fun song with the lyrics, “I wish I had a pizza and a bottle of wine.” Many other songs on the album similarly have carefree lyrics, but one, track five, doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the album, although its still amazing.
One of the reasons Girls has received so much press is because the main singer, Christopher Owens, had an interesting childhood. Owens grew up in the cult “Children of God.” The cult was based off the “Jesus movement” of the 1960s and was one of the groups that led to the passing of anti-cult legislation.
Owens has been quoted as saying that Girls was a way for him to release an “overflow of expression” that he had from being in the cult.
While I can’t make the New York shows since they sold out, I hope to see (and hear) more from Girls in the future.
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