Christopher Owens opens up about his departure from Girls

Former frontman clears the air as he sets out on his solo career

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Christopher Owens has explained why he chose to leave his band Girls earlier this year.

The frontman, who will release his first solo album 'Lysandre' in January, quit the band suddenly in July of this year, citing only "personal reasons". However, in a new interview with NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Owens explains that it was the constant changing of musicians that led to him deciding to break from his bandmate JR White.

"When we very first started [Girls], we were both very clear that we had a very specific goal for the band and that if it didn't work out we would end it," Owens says. "We jumped in very quickly in the beginning because people liked what we recorded together and put on the internet, so we just put together a live band. We always believed that at some point that we would find the right people and they would stay forever but unfortunately we didn't."

He adds: "Over four years we had about 21 people play with us. When Girls last played the UK our lead guitar player quit and drummer quit and I said, 'You know, I don't want to do this any more.'"

Speaking about how his Girls bandmate JR White took the news, Owens adds: "JR stood by my decision, you know, he was gracious about it and appreciated that and we just decided to move on. We're still friends."

Owens returns to the UK to play two solo shows in London next week. He will play:

London, St Giles-In-The-Fields (Dec 10)
London, St Giles-In-The-Fields (Dec 11)


Read the full interview with Christopher Owens in this week's NME, which is on newsstands from now, or available digitally.


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