ABOVE: SADGIRL. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES MICHAEL JUAREZ.
Los Angeles-based, alt-rock band SadGirl is known to draw from a variety of old school influences in crafting their signature, surf-punk sound. The trio’s forthcoming self-release EP, Vol. Three, is out on October 7 and promises an even more eclectic blend of styles. “I think our whole premise behind this new EP is creating a sort of post-modern or post-rock compilation which merges all of our influences at the time of its inception,” explains lead singer and guitarist Misha Lindes. That said, their new single Little Queenie (which premieres exclusively below) might be their boldest cut to date for an entirely different reason: its stripped-down simplicity.
The track is an acoustic love song imbued with a dreamy, slowed-down beach vibe. Cooing, “I love you, my baby blue,” over the sweet movements of an electric guitar, Lindes’ voice feels intimate as he sings of uncomplicated affection. “It’s a love letter to a distant partner—reassuring them that everything is still in its place and where it should be,” he says. “Lyrically, a lot of our songs come from a cynical, ironic point of view, so in that sense it’s very different.”
Different as Little Queenie may be, the track is a refreshing point of departure for SadGirl and proves their ability to trade cynicism for sensitivity. According to Lindes, it’s likely to be just one of many surprises on Vol. Three: “It’s like a mixtape of original songs coming straight from our personal histories and put on tape. … It doesn’t fall into one particular style or genre like some of our previous releases may have.”