“Laura” Live at a Different Fur

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Thanks to Nate Chan and Will Abramson from Your’s Truly for filming this session. A lot of familiar faces and a great performance. In Nate and Will’s words…

I told JR to show up around 7 and that he could invite some friends to come watch and drink the beer I bought for them. They started loading in around 8 and as their set time drew closer, the main room at Different Fur Studios became so stuffed with mission kids, loose affiliations, folks whispering about cryptic “secret show” text messages and close friends that the glass to the control room started to fog up. Before they played the first notes of “Laura,” all the beer was gone, the PA was acting up and the studio owners were complaining about the close quarters, but somehow we pulled it off.

Pre-order “Album” HERE, out nationwide on September 22nd.

Girls Rule San Francisco

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Being in San Francisco the last few days has been amazing. The San Francisco-only release of Girls’ “Album” was yesterday, and (for lack of a better word) the “vibe” here is electric. Upon getting off the plane I couldn’t avoid the guys’ faces placed in every SF Bay Guardian newsbox around town. I gotta say, the cover looks really really good against the San Francisco skyline.

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After a couple of sold-out California shows last week with Cass Mccombs the band celebrated the album release last night at Amoeba Records on Haight Street. An estimated 400 people came out to show their support, old faces, new faces, from seemingly every generation of San Francisco music fan. The Amoeba staff were incredible, and I think we were all really pleased at the number of people that came, bought the record (an unprecedented amount for an in-store apparently) and the huge line of people that got their brand new record signed. Even with admittedly tremendous expectations, I’m shocked. After living in the Bay Area for most of my life, I’ve never seen this kind of excitement for a pack of locals- and now I think we’re all ready to take the world by storm! Click on the photo below to see some more snaps from last night.  Thank you to everyone that came out.

“Album” is out nationwide next Tuesday, September 22nd!
In case you haven’t done it yet, you can still stream the entire album at truepanther.com
Pre-order “Album” HERE

Girls “Album” Premiere This Monday

Dear Friends,
The weekend is pretty much here but honestly, we’re already looking forward to Monday. This Monday, September 14th, we’re going to premiere Girls’ “Album” as a high-quality stream on the True Panther Sounds site, www.truepanther.com.

If you’ll forgive the editorializing: This is a day that comes after almost two years of hard work by the band, a lot of blood sweat tears laughs and late nights, and the result couldn’t be more exciting for any of us. A lot of you maybe have heard a couple of songs off of the record already, one of them got named one of the top songs of the decade, others have floated around on singles and blogs. Some may have even heard the janky leak! But beyond those few tastes, Album, is a packed and fully realized treasure- the 12 tracks touch on so many familiar and beloved sounds but are fundamentally powered by the unchecked honesty, unbridled sincerity and incredible craftsmanship that is so hard to find in music these days. The New York Times put it better than I probably can (that is why they’re paid to write I suppose!). It’s not a re-exploration of the sounds we have loved but in fact the songs on this album are “templates for others to copy“. This is one of the proudest and most exciting time in this young label’s young life and we want to thank the band and you guys for making it happen.

The premiere stream will be available on the site at 10AM EST, in high quality streaming format from beginning to end. We hope you enjoy it.

Stream “ALBUM” HERE Monday September 14th, 10AM EST
Pre-order “ALBUM” HERE

GIRLSLust For Life (mp3)
Read an incredible Interview with Christopher HERE

Girls On Tour + New MP3 for “Lust For Life”


photo by Sandy Kim

We’re very pleased to announce that GIRLS are getting in the van this coming November and hitting select cities all over the United States for their first-ever headlining U.S. Tour. They will not be riding in the bus pictured above (nor will they be accompanied by the above female companions) but these shows will be very special.

Additionally, beginning this Monday September 14th, you will be able to access a high-quality stream of “Album” on www.truepanther.com. This album was recorded in the home, the band’s first fans were in their shared home, and thus, we chose to premiere this record on the label’s virtual home, the True Panther Site. Hope you enjoy it.

As a special little cherry on top, an mp3 of the album version of “Lust For Life” is below – the shimmering mixed and mastered version that hasn’t quite replaced the original mix on these here internets. See you on the road America!

TOUR DATES
November
02 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell¹s
03 Washington, DC Black Cat
04 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
06 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
07 Boston, MA Great Scott
09 Montreal, QUE Il Motore
10 Toronto, ONT El Mocambo
12 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
14 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
17 Seattle, WA Nuemos
18 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
20 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall
21 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill

December
05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

GIRLSLust For Life (mp3)
“Lust for Life” single available now on 7″ and itunes

Pre-order “Album” HERE (and get 15% off and a free poster)

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

AMERICANS

On this lovely Labor Day, shortly bound for the excellent West Indian Day Carnival, we stand before you- stoked. The next few weeks are going to be all about GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS at True Panther HQ. NY Times totally nailed it in their review yesterday, people are “getting it”. At great risk of continuing to be hyperbolic- something very special is happening.

As a big thank you to the special city by the bay we’d like to declare the week of September 14th GIRLS WEEK (proposals for more creative names accepted) in San Francisco. To send some love back to the wonderful music fans and retailers that have been so supportive of the band from its inception, “Album”, will be available in local independent stores, one week before anywhere else. Starting 9/15, Bay Areans can walk into their local Amoeba, Aquarius, Rasputin, Streetlight, etc. and pick up a copy of the album the New York Times called “devastatingly fresh” and declared one of the year’s best. If you’re not in SF don’t worry, “Album” will be available everywhere beginning 9/22.

Additionally, the band will be celebrating this early release with a free in-store performance at the San Francisco Amoeba records Tuesday 9/15 at 6pm. Come one come all! Bring your friends your family, let’s share this together! Pick up a copy of the record before anyone else, play it over and over so much that the grooves are worn out by the nationwide September 22nd release date!

This week the band are also going on a short trip through California with their friend Cass Mccombs. These shows will be their last American appearances before embarking on their first full-on European tour.

Wednesday 9/9/9 @ The Great American Music Hall w/Cass Mccombs & Papercuts
Thursday 9/10/9 @Bootleg Threater w/Cass Mccombs

More exciting news to come shortly!

Pre-order album on CD/LP HERE