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- Photo Credit Amalia Irons
Musical duo Girlpool chat about their musical firsts, from getting starstruck to ticking off bucket list goals.
Girlpool have made their name on songs tinged with poetic curiosity: a willingness to admit happily that they don’t know everything and to go forward nevertheless. However, if you’ve become accustomed to a certain sound of theirs, think again, because another thing that characterises this Los Angeles duo is their refusal to stay in one mode for long.
Their new album ‘Forgiveness’ sees Girlpool find a new niche within the proudly weird space they’ve carved out. Aiming to redefine what listeners can expect from indie music, the new tunes intersperse emotional vulnerability with trippy bouts of musical surrealism.
It’s created with the help of producer Yves Rothman, who helped the duo zero in on the curious blend of sincere and strange that they envisioned for their new collection of music. Girlpool are ready to reach outside the one-on-one mindmeld that’s been the engine of their creation thus far, and the results mark a whole new era for them.
To celebrate the release, we sat down with Avery and Harmony to chat about their musical firsts, from their first instruments to their first festivals and beyond.
Avery: “Desi I love you” about my dog
Harmony: Hmmm I don’t remember the first song I ever fully recorded but early one I remember feeling good about is actually on what Chaos is imaginary. It’s called “pretty” and I think I wrote it when I was 16 or 17 and recorded it at home and felt like .. very moved by the fact that making and recording music was something I had access to doing
Avery: I think the songs off the Girlpool EP was our first ever release
Harmony: I think the Girlpool EP was my first “official” music thing
Avery: Hmm I’m trying to remember but I feel like they were probably hand me downs from my sister so probably like Avril Lavigne/Spice Girls/Green Day
Harmony: Don’t remember but probably a musical theater CD Lol or like Mulan OST
Avery: I always kinda felt that way
Harmony: I feel like I just kind of knew that my whole life
Harmony: A harmony Ukulele
Avery: Running the mile in PE at school or maybe in math class
Harmony: Probably during the pain of being born. I think I must have immediately felt the weight and gravity and just wanted to go back in
Avery: First time I looked in the mirror
Harmony: Meeting musical theatre actors as a child
Avery: I feel like going on our first tour
Harmony: Leaving LA 🫀 to experience 🙌 the world 🥵