Girlpool – ‘Before The World Was Big’

Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'


The LA duo pour rebellion and nostalgia into lo-fi lullabies on their debut album

Girlpool have a message for anyone who thinks there’s something unappealing about two LA girls lamenting their teenage feelings in earsplitting unison: up yours. Guitarist Cleo Tucker, 18, and bassist Harmony Tividad, 19, haven’t made an overtly angry debut album (it’d be pretty hard without a drummer). But, as their lo-fi lullaby riffs and snappy lyrics paste together scrapbook collages of childhood nostalgia (‘Before The World Was Big’), sleepy road trips (‘Dear Nora’) and tricky friendships (‘Emily’), they create something that sounds truly rebellious. Because, let’s face it, in a world largely run by men in suits, teenage girls are rarely heard. This brilliant half-hour of punky Americana is a chance to read the journals of the coolest kids in town.

Robert Cooke


Record label: Wichita
Release date: 01 Jun, 2015