Posts Tagged ‘Harmony Tividad’

The world is fucking huge! That realization usually hits us sometime in our teens, and we start to come to terms with the fact that we’ll never get to go everywhere we want to go or do everything we want to do. It’s such an old way of thinking when we’re young setting ourselves up for disappointment before anything happens and Girlpool’s debut often feels like yearning for a life that’s too short. The duo is out there seeing the world now, but this album was mostly written before any of that seemed like a possibility. They sound both impossibly young and already world weary.

The debut album by Girlpool came out 1st June 2015 (2nd June in the US) on Wichita Recordings worldwide.

Available to pre-order now on Wichita store – CD + LP includes a signed poster, Directed by Allyssa Yohana. Taken from Girlpool’s debut album, “Before The World Was Big”, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, the two members of this band, are products of LA’s still-teeming DIY punk scene, but they don’t have to play loud to be heard. And they’ve since relocated to recent DIY mecca Philadelphia, but while they’re nearly as tuneful as their big-sister band Waxahatchee, they haven’t lost any of their basement-hardcore urgency. Instead, they sing songs about feminism and friendship and fucking assholes, their voices in nyah-nyah close harmony over their minimal guitar-and-bass backdrops. They don’t have a drummer because they’re too punk to need a drummer.

GIRLPOOL – ” Pretty “

Posted: September 8, 2015 in MUSIC
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Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker are Girlpool when they were 17 and 18, and they told anyone who asked them at the time that they were drawn to each other for their shared sense of purpose: “We wanted something that was honest and straightforward,” Tucker said “We both wanted to be super vulnerable…Because of the stripped down nature of our music, if one of us messes up, it’s incredibly noticeable. We’re not trying to hide.” In part, it is this clarity of purpose that resounds from the empty spaces on their debut LP. Their EP was shouted, and in its hardy squall, you could hear two powerful voices honing in on some way they might make a dent in the universe.

Somewhere between their formation and now, Tividad and Tucker have divined the starry-eyed power of the purest indie-pop. It is a romanticism that thrives on potential energy, on the contemplation of things that haven’t quite happened. Romanticism occurs in the distance between what might happen and what does, and listening to “Before the World Was Big” feels like walking through this exalted liminal space. “I feel safest in knowing that I am true/ When I look in your eyes, the idea of you,” they sing with clarion force on “Ideal World”. “I just miss how it felt standing next to you/ Wearing matching dresses before the world was big,” they chant on the title track, a line that doubles into a round-robin singalong.

Tividad and Tucker’s voices are foregrounded, always. They sing about real-life friends, by their first names. They reference each other by first name in their lyrics. “I am still looking for sureness in the way I say my name,” they sing on “Chinatown”. Their twinned vocals gives the album a powerful and traceable through line—these are songs about two specific friends who have realized that the world is a less frightening place, that you feel surer and safer in it, with someone else by you.

Girlpool performing “Crowded Stranger” at Sofar London on June 10th, 2015. SoFar  put on more than 10 shows every month in London, with filmed sessions. Girlpool make songs that feel audaciously small, like an eyedropper pointed toward the heavens. The 10 songs on the debut album “Before the World Was Big” not only employ a bare minimum of chords (two, pretty much always) but a minimum of notes. If you’d never held a guitar, or even seen one, you could be gently coached to play “Ideal World”, the album’s opening track, within three minutes of being handed one. The same is true of many others. And yet, Before the World Was Big brims with a mysterious power, a charged and palpable sense of hope and awe. Focusing on the clean bones of the songs only leads you to be astonished by how full they feel. This is music with no corners, no hidden places in the arrangements, and the emotions emerge with gratifying clarity. Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker—who sing occasionally in harmony and occasionally in unison, but always together .To listen to Before the World Was Big is to meet their gaze and feel slightly unnerved and exhilarated. It is a quiet album of uncommon intensity.

Tividad and Tucker formed Girlpool when they were 17 and 18, and they told anyone who asked them at the time that they were drawn to each other for their shared sense of purpose: “We wanted something that was honest and straightforward,” Tucker said. “We both wanted to be super vulnerable…Because of the stripped down nature of our music, if one of us messes up, it’s incredibly noticeable. We’re not trying to hide.” In part, it is this clarity of purpose that resounds from the empty spaces on their debut LP. Their EP was shouted, and in its hardy squall, you could hear two powerful voices honing in on some way they might make a dent in the universe.

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Acoustic punk duo Girlpool have shared a track from the forthcoming album “Cherry Picking”, a relationship lament, and the latest single from the band’s much anticipated debut album, “Before The World Was Big”. Taken from Girlpool’s debut album,  Out 1st June on Wichita Recordings.

Girlpool is a Philadelphia based two piece made up of Cleo Tucker (Guitar) and Harmony Tividad (Bass). The two met at Los Angeles DIY venue the Smell and quickly grew very close. Their sound is raw, comprised only of a guitar, bass and vocal harmonies. Cleo and Harmony use this stripped-down instrumentation to accentuate their vulnerable and powerful lyrics. After releasing their self-titled EP, Girlpool relocated to Philadelphia at the end of 2014 looking for change of pace and scenery. There they recorded their debut LP, ‘Before The World Was Big’, with Kyle Gilbride (of Swearin’). ‘Before The World Was Big’ explores the concepts of growth, friendship, and the interaction between identity and environment. The introspective-punk duo captures growing pains and existential quandaries with a honest and true intention. think the sparseness of Young Marble Giants, mixed with the attitude of Bikini Kill and the hooks of the Marine Girls.

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Philadelphia based duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad aka Girlpool have announced details of their debut album “Before The World Was Big”, as well as sharing the lead track “Ideal World”. We got hooked on their brash drumless compositions full of in-your-face vocal harmonies thanks to last year’s brilliant self-titled EP, and now we’ve got a full album to look forward to courtesy of Wichita Recordings on June 1st 2015.

Girlpool already shared “Chinatown” from the album so take a listen to the second little taste from the record with lead single “Ideal World” .

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When Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker harmonize, it’s like a lightning bolt to the gut. As Girlpool, the two keep the instrumentation spare — just an electric guitar and bass — while infusing their songs with a striking confidence that knows we’re all failures, or at least trying not to fail so often. So in “Chinatown” when they sing, “And if I told you I loved you, would you take it the wrong way?” it’s raw and vulnerable, taking stock of a painfully awkward situation with open eyes. After a self-titled cassette (recently reissued on vinyl) and a move from L.A. to Philadelphia, Girlpool is putting “Chinatown” on a forthcoming 7″single. Even in such a short period of time, there’s growth here in the vocal phrasing and pacing, not to mention production that rounds out the trebly tinniness. the cheap guitar twang remains; it’s an intimate quality shared in this video, homemade videos with friends and fellow musicians. “Chinatown” comes out March 24th on Wichita Recordings, featuring a cover of Radiator Hospital’s “Cut Your Bangs” on the B-side.