Girls - Carolina
Bursting onto the scene with their debut album, Girls had a classic take on fuzzed up alt pop.
The San Francisco pair released their debut LP ‘Album’ last year, demonstrating that their talent for obvious titles was matched only by their ability to craft fuzzed out rock with unexpected hooks.
Taking standard rock templates and pushing them until they break, Girls sound like Brian Wilson’s head when the Beach Boy was sat in his pants, in a sand pit wearing a Fireman’s hat. In short - this ain’t no retro exercise.
Receiving warm acclaim for ‘Album’ Girls took off around the world. It would be churlish in the extreme to claim that the duo were exposed to new influences, but it does seem that extensive touring has tightened their musical bolts.
Girls return with their new EP ‘Broken Dreams Club’ which is much more than an extension to their debut album. Sure, the love of retro 60s pop is there alongside a typically shambolic delivery but the band seem to have tightened the screw.
Less unhinged, Girls focus on the song while letting their idiosyncrasies shine through. Taken from the new EP, ‘Carolina’ is a fantastic piece of sunburnt beach pop which demonstrates the continuing strength of Christopher Owens’ imagination.