Girlpool – Tickets – The Casbah – San Diego – San Diego, CA – April 5th, 2019

Girlpool

Casbah presents

Girlpool

Hatchie, Kitten, DJ Set by cancerscorpio

Fri, April 5, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Casbah - San Diego

San Diego, CA

$15.00 - $17.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Girlpool
Girlpool
The music Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad release as Girlpool occupies a transient space. Their constant evolution makes it perfectly impossible to articulate exactly where their project falls within the contemporary musical canon; this is one of the many reasons Girlpool’s music is so captivating.

Never before has a group’s maturation been so transparently attached to the maturation of its members. This is due in large part to the fact that Girlpool came into existence exactly when Girlpool was supposed to come into existence: at the most prolific stage of the digital revolution. Both online and in the flesh, Tividad and Tucker practice radical openness to the point where it may even engender discomfort; this is exactly the point where it becomes clear why theirs’ is such a special project: they accept the possibility of discomfort—Chaos—and show you how to figure out why you might feel it. This is achieved through their ability to empathize as best friends and partners in creation, with the intention of making music that provokes.

They met in November of 2013, and released their self-titled EP just 3 months later. Both were playing in multiple bands at the time. Harmony was 18. Cleo was 17.

The growth they have fostered in one another over the years explains the project’s disparate discography; each record is a photograph of Girlpool, growing over time. Their roots are a certain shade of punk—organized chaos dressed as earworms. “Where You Sink,” one of the first singles off their upcoming record, What Chaos Is Imaginary, gives you an idea of how much things have changed since 2014.

It’s not all good.

“I was experiencing a lot of mental health issues,” says Tividad of the title. “That song comes from a place of being disconnected from reality. The world is so complicated. It's hard to believe in magic, or that anything exists.” Notice the order: magic, then the principle existence of things. A peak into Harmony.

Though it is the 3rd track on Girlpool’s newest record, “Where You Sink” was written at a time when the two were living in different states on the East Coast. It proved to be a period of immense change for the both of them; each focused—more than they ever had before—on their solo music.

“Before, we would build our songs together with four hands, from the ground up,” says Tucker, referring to the songwriting process that produced the debut EP and 2015’s critically acclaimed follow-up, Before The World Was Big. “Our songs used to be intertwined in a different way. We brought our separate experiences to the songs that we crafted together, we valued understanding that they were multidimensional.”

Their solo work consistently breathes new life into Girlpool. The two have since become comfortable with the process being more independent, more fluid. They both take part in the production and arrangement of the music, but they’ve strayed from beginning hand in hand in every instance. They connect somewhere along the way, working together when it feels right.

Discussing the new process, Harmony says, “It’s helped me find validity in parts of my writing I found to be unapproachable. I thought my stream-of-consciousness was unsophisticated.” There’s probably a great pun available re: shedding self-consciousness to release a more sophisticated stream-of-consciousness. In any case, What Chaos is Imaginary—the record and the song—is what the stream looks like when self-consciousness is shed.

Where Harmony embraces chaos, Cleo organizes it. “It’s hard for me to feel completion without achieving a vision that I have. I’ll imagine the kind of climate I want to create inside a song,” says Cleo of his process. “Once I fall in love with the direction, it’s getting there that can take time.” Finishing a song may take time and even prove to be difficult for him at times, but the product is invariably polished. Considering the near-perfect balance in the songs on What Chaos is Imaginary, their dynamic makes sense. “It took a really long time to record this record. It feels like a photograph of a very transitional time.”

What Chaos is Imaginary is a collection of songs unlike any Girlpool songs you’ve ever heard, exactly what Powerplant was to Before The World Was Big. For the first time, it is clear who wrote what song. 2019 will see drum machines and synthesizers and beautiful/new harmonies and huge guitars and at least one orchestral breakdown by a string octet.

“It was invigorating playing stripped down and raw when Girlpool began. As we change, what gets us there is going to change too.”

It’s hard to imagine what might follow What Chaos is Imaginary.Girlpool’s growth has a steady momentum forward, towards something greater with every stride that they take. By the time the record comes out, they’ll be far from here, wherever here is.
Kitten
Kitten
‘That’s one cool chick” said Iggy Pop admiringly of Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez while the two danced together onstage to the electrifying roar of The Stooges. Many others have shared similar sentiments…

In 2010, while still unsigned, SPIN named 15 year old Chaidez and Kitten the “best new discovery” of SXSW and in 2013 Rolling Stone proclaimed Chaidez a "top ten artist to watch" with Time magazine anticipating Kitten's debut as one of the "top 11 albums to look forward to in 2013."

In 2014, after releasing a trio of highly acclaimed EP’s (Sunday School, Cut It Out and Like A Stranger), Kitten released their self titled debut full length album, produced by co writer Chad Anderson with Gavin Mackillop, which Rolling Stone hailed as a “triumph” promptly placing it in the “top 20 pop albums of 2014.”

Most recently, Kitten’s 2016 EP “Heaven Or Somewhere In Between” was included in Rolling Stones “The Best Of 2016 So Far”.

Their album’s showcase a distinctive and electrifying sound all it’s own, joining irresistible melodies and provocative lyrics with the hard edge of late 70’s post punk the driving pulse of 80’s new wave and the sweeping ambience of 90’s shoegaze.

The breadth of musical influence wasn’t an accident. A lifelong music obsessive, Chaidez learned to play bass at age ten, eventually picking up guitar and drums as well. Chaidez formed her first band that same year and was quickly opening for indie heavyweights like Midlake and Conor Oberst.

At 14, influenced by everyone from Velvet Underground, Sigur Ros and Madonna, Chaidez began throwing herself into songwriting, working intensely with her co-writer and musical partner Chad Anderson on honing her craft and then began to expand her musical palette with the discovery of electronic programming as a means of creative expression.

Chaidez says, “I found it really satisfying. Programming music in Ableton was something that I could just do in my bedroom alone or with my brother and it felt like we were creating our own world of sounds and textures.”

The following year marked the debut performance of Kitten at “The Smell”, a downtown all-ages venue and hotbed of the L.A. underground. “I walked in with my guitar and played my three songs, to an audience of about seven hardcore/emo kids,” Chaidez recalls with a laugh. “They weren’t impressed.”

Continuing to play The Smell, Kitten released Sunday School in 2010, soon nabbed their deal with Atlantic/Elektra Records, and ultimately landed tours with bands as diverse as Paramore, Garbage, Twin Shadow and Charli XCX as well as the Neighborhood, No Doubt and most recently Courtney Love.

Kitten’s live shows are at turns hypnotic and galvanizing, with Chaidez’s dance-fueled performance intensifying the transcendent power of their songs. “Being onstage puts me into this place where I’m not thinking about anything and I feel completely free. It’s just this out-of-body experience that I can’t control, and it’s one of the truest forms of expression I’ve ever known.”

The Huffington Post says that “Chaidez is at the forefront of an impending female rock revolution”, the LA Times anointed her “as sure shot to be a rock star as LA has produced” and even Carson Daly has called her “the new leading lady of rock.”

After leaving her label in the summer of 2014 Chloe embarked on a journey of self discovery which led her to NYC, ultimately living in a small artist collective known as the Silent Barn. “This was really a great time for me. Just finding out who I was outside of the music business and forming creative relationships and friendships that I will have for the rest of my life.”

It is on stage where Kitten truly shines: “What’s going to make this band different is the live show”, said Chloe. “I love being onstage more than anything. When you are up there you can do whatever you want. You can be whatever you want. If there’s one person in the back of the room not involved, then that’s my audience. I’ll do whatever I have to do to blow that person away. I want everybody in the audience to remember where they were when they saw Kitten for the first time.”

Kitten is currently recording their second full length album with a North American tour scheduled for Spring 2017.
Venue Information:
The Casbah - San Diego
2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.casbahmusic.com