Life has been a whirl for GIRLPOOL since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad (she/her) and Cleo Tucker (they/them) relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. "Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood," recalls Cleo Tucker. "Then we started touring in a way we'd never done before. I really started to experience the duality that was beginning to exist in my life: tour/not on tour." After a chaotic and informative year spent floating around the East Coast, both bandmates moved home to California at the start of 2017. GIRLPOOL have been seemingly everywhere at once, exploring all the world's offerings with open minds and notebooks. All the lessons they learned, about the earth and about themselves, are gathered together in their sophomore record and ANTI- debut, Powerplant.
Direct support tonight comes from Hudson Valley, NY band PALM, who have been described as “Quadratic equation rock performed by malfunctioning, sputtering appliances”. The now Philadelphia-based fractal-rock quartet sounds are improvisational while being rooted in utter precision. On their debut, Trading Basics, guitar parts deconstruct themselves in real time; bass lines dart and duck; drums propel the action while also seeming to comment on it. Vocalist-guitarists EVE ALPERT and KASRA KURT'S vocal harmonies add more tension to this outfit's heady mix.
Chicago three-piece LALA LALA kicks it off. This grungy, lo-fi trio’s catchy pop and rock songwriting swims in a river of reverb. Having opened for touring acts such as CHERRY GLAZERR, TOGETHER PANGEA and SURF CURSE, this gang have impressed a couple two-tree times over the past year and some change, so you can bet those sweet buns of yours that we're excited to catch them starting off this whopper of a show just right!