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Sounds | girlfriends, Life's a Brittany

In 2020 bracht de tweekoppige band girlfriends hun debuutalbum girlfriends uit. Het was meteen een geweldig album, dus als je er er nog geen tijd voor hebt gemaakt: doen, nu! In 2022 kwam de opvolger (e)motion sickness. Ook deze release was goed, al vond ik hun eerste album leuker. Sindsdien heeft de groep echter niet stil gezeten. Vandaag brachten ze Life's a Brittany' uit. Een leuke maar simpele song die start met akoestische vibes en uiteindelijk toch een kleine pinch power krijgt.

“‘Brittany’ was one of those songs that started off as a complete joke in my head,” aldus zanger Travis. “I almost felt guilty writing it because it’s so conversational and ‘easy,’ that I had to question if it was good or not. The beauty about working with a producer like Goldstein is he does a really great job at stripping away the ‘rules’ of songwriting. If it’s good it’s good, and I think it’s a song a lot of people would be scared to make, but it hits the nail on the head of who we are not only as a band but as people.”

Naast een nieuwe song kregen we ook het nieuws dat er een EP op komst is. En die zal er sneller zijn dan je denkt! Op 12 mei komt My Dead Body EP namelijk uit via Big Noise. Producer Andrew Goldstein is overigens geen onbekende want werkt(e) ook al voor onder andere Machine Gun Kelly en Papa Roach.

Over de EP zegt Travis het volgende: “These songs came about in a completely new way for us as a band because they were made one by one with some time in between but somehow sound so cohesive and like we wrote them all that way on purpose. We got to do a lot of cool things while making the EP and being able to tour while recording, really informed some of the songs. They’re annoyingly catchy, the hooks are big and better than ever and it’s a statement for us as a new band.”

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As the exceedingly prolific pair known as girlfriends, Travis Mills and Nick Gross conjure songs that are at once pleasingly familiar and warmly unique. In less than three years, the duo created not one but two urgent, inspired, and original albums. They’ve already sold out the Roxy in LA; opened for Machine Gun Kelly; toured with Mod Sun and Grayscale; and played a festival with Twenty One Pilots. SPIN called girlfriends’ self-titled debut “polished, impassioned, and commanding,” comparing their cross-genre appeal to MGK and Trippie Redd. Fans streamed the first album more than 46 million times on Spotify alone, driven by songs like “California,” “Where Were You” (ft. Travis Barker), and “Jessica.” 2022 saw the release of standout singles like “High Again,” “Toaster For A Swim,” “Missing You,” “Pretty Mouth” and “Tattoo.” Their sophomore album (e)motion sickness was released in June 2022. Up next, the group will be releasing their third compilation, the “Over My Dead Body EP”, on May 12 following their support slot on Avril Lavigne’s World Tour and ahead of a summer tour with Pierce The Veil and The Used. Before girlfriends formed, neither Travis nor Nick were strangers to creativity or community. The brash rap songs Travis posted on MySpace as T. Mills led to a major label deal, Warped Tour, and diehard fans. He later became a host for Apple Music 1’s The Travis Mills Show and MTV’s TV Series Help! I’m In A Secret Relationship, with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 9pm ET. The show in its second season investigates relationships kept secret from loved ones to uncover the strange reasons behind them. Nick Gross, entrepreneur, CEO of Big Noise, founder of the Find Your Grind education platform and drummer of girlfriends and Goldfinger, founded the band with Travis in 2020. Both guys are equally enthusiastic about having another go at the style of caffeinated pop-punk that first shaped them. The group’s music is a vehicle for self-expression and catharsis, a means to process grief, uncertainty, and renewed vigor for life destined to connect with others who struggle. That’s something girlfriends will never take for granted.


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