Girls inspired by Kamloops
While their show on Monday, April 30 at The Art We Are will be laid back, the members of Girls Girls Girls said they’ll be rocking it out tonight at The Dirty Jersey tonight (May 1).
The British band arrived in Canada for a two-week Western Canada tour last week, bringing the music best described as punk with a twist with them.
With a huge time difference and the band’s need to travel, KTW interviewed singer Jeremy Williams via email, asking four questions:
• What’s with the name?
We accept that the name is completely inaccurate, a bit ridiculous but somehow utterly appropriate.
There have been shows we have played when punters have turned up expecting some kind of ‘titty show’ or a Motley Crue cover band and, instead, got us doing our chanson-shoegaze-gypsy circus carcrash punk which has caused confusion and occasionally violence.
This has led to us being chased out of venues by burly men on a number of occasions.
This actually happened the last time we played Kamloops and it caused such an impression we wrote a song about it, called Wing Night, which opens our new record.
• Who is in the band?
I’m Jeremy Williams and I sing, play guitar and ocasionally other stuff.
Adrian Martineau plays the bass guitar like a trooper and Chris Wilcox, our sixth and best drummer, plays the drums like a cross between a caveman and a salesman.
We all share banjo and washboard duties on the recordings.
• What’s a Girls Girls Girls show going to be like?
Expect energy, shouting, vests, a skull and crossbones flag, loud happy punk songs, slow sad ballads, lots of minor chords and us trying to channel the spirit of Serge Gainsbourg into the sound of the Pixies, and vice versa.
And a rubber duck on the bass amp.
• What drew you into music and, in particular, this type of music?
I don’t really know what we would be doing if we weren’t doing this.
We were all in a bunch of bands before this one, but this feels like the definitive article.
With our last record, Hello Sailor..!, we were trying to channel the spirit of the Reeperbahn district in Hamburg, Germany into a kind of melancholic gyps- punk explosion.
The new record is more kind of an unhinged nervous breakdown on side A and out of control sad-eyed hedonism on side B.
I think we try to just channel whatever affected mental torment we have into music which is fun to either dance to or leave your wife to.