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Monday, 17 August 2009

New 'Girls' Video - Lust For Life

San Franciscan lo-fi duo Girls have a new video, and it is brilliant.

Girls these days are made up of Christopher Owens and Chet 'JR' White, who came together after Chris's side project with Liza Thorn - Curls, became redundant after Thorn's decision to concentrate solely on her own band BRIDEZ. Chris went on to form Girls with White, while Chris initially (we're talking early 2008) split his time between Girls and his older band Holy Shit.

While their origins may appear complicated, to appreciate Girls you have to let the music do the talking. Girls make a timeless blend of 60s surf pop, 80s punk and tropical thrash which sends those nostalgic shivers of youth right down to the base of your spine. There are a whole host of highly influential bands quite obviously on Girls' influence list. New Pornographers, Spiritualized and Pixies all spring to mind on aural consumption. Elements of early 90s shoegaze pop are also quite clear as well as that timeless alternative rock sound and heart on sleeve storytelling of Semisonic and Counting Crows . Girls draw elements of their outcome slightly from every era, with every distinct influence coming together faultlessly to form what the duo themselves call their own 'punk DIY version of great pop.'

They have half-completed tours across the US this summer and are visiting Northern Europe, and later the UK in September and October. The album, thoughtfully christened album is due out September 21st in the US, and the new single (although the track has been around for some time), out September 7th, is embedded in the video above. Considering I never usually watch music videos as i don't particularly like the idea of them, filmmaker Aaron Brown has done a fantastic and highly appropriate job.

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