ABOVE: YOUNG GIRLS. PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL BAYS
Young Girls’ first, self-titled EP listens like a Hawaiian trip into post-punk nostalgia. Danceable, drivable, and unabashedly delirious all at the same time, it’s a happy road trip of an EP for the (all-male, all-grown-up) Houston-based band, comprised of brothers Charlie and Pete Tijerina. Strange to think the EP’s single, “Caroline,” is actually a story of heartbreak: a “conscious break-up song,” according to lead singer Pete, about “feeling like shit when your ex is dating somebody else.” The EP’s upbeat tenacity belies its sometimes thorny subject matter; we’re pleased to premiere the whole thing below.
Pete’s impassioned pleas on “Prisoners” are reminiscent of The Cure—but a beachier, decidedly more optimistic Cure. “But if I slow down, maybe I won’t be alone,” he croons on “Vigilante.” The song is Young Girls’ ode to youth without limits, but musically—with echoing backup vocals, a fantastic guitar hook, and a strong opening—it actually comes off as the EP’s most mature track.
The EP’s four tracks play just under 10 minutes altogether ¾ which is unsurprising considering the fact that they recorded it at home in three days, with the help of friend Candido Rezendes, but wholly surprising when you consider just how promising a sample it actually is.
YOUNG GIRLS IS OUT TOMORROW, JANUARY 28. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, PLEASE VISIT ITS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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