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At first, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes Our Girl so special, or why the Brighton-formed, London-based trio’s music stands out within a busy crowd of fellow guitar-wielding-types. But if an explanation didn’t jump out when they first emerged with a debut EP of mighty fuzz-soaked songs in November 2016, it surfaces with ‘Stranger Today’, a debut album of personal, emotional juggernauts that could have only been made by these three people: Guitarist / vocalist Soph Nathan, bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson.

This fantastic debut captures this dreampowertrio evolving from startling noisiness to sweet songwriting excellence, we’ve known that something special happens when these three get together ever since we first laid ears on their early, startlingly noisy live shows. that surprising volume still explodes at times here, for this is a band still in thrall to the racket that stirs when they lock horns. it makes for a thrilling and gorgeous ride through a set of songs with heft, hooks, and heart. a blissful, dreamy haze that you’ll want to relive again and again. indie that whips and swirls with uncompromising force.”

Since forming in Nathan and Tyler’s Brighton home four years ago – Wilson joining as a late recruit when she was wowed by a demo of their self-titled debut track, and ‘Stranger Today’’s opener – Our Girl’s members have only had pockets of time to work together. A day booked in a local studio here, a soundcheck there, full-time jobs and other projects meant the three rarely had a concentrated, collective patch. This changed in September 2017, when they stayed in Eve Studios in Stockport for a week, recording with Bill Ryder-Jones. Their week in Stockport became a crucial catalyst for what would follow. Ryder-Jones is a guitar virtuoso himself (“He did stuff neither me or Soph had ever seen anyone do before,” Tyler remarks), and he became an unofficial fourth member of the group.

‘Stranger Today’ is a special debut for several reasons: First, because it’s the sound of a band beginning to grasp their own value and place in the world. Secondly, because you can hear the trio’s hunger to finally get in the same room and put to tape years’ worth of scrapbooks, half-finished ideas, and a slowly-forming feel for how their first album would actually sound. “What band isn’t itching to make their debut? But it’s quite frightening, knowing you’re about to do it,” Wilson remembers.

The real clincher, however, is Our Girl’s dynamic, and how it plays out across ‘Stranger Today’. Best friends in person, the trio share the same close kinship and chemistry on record. On one side is Nathan’s visceral lyricism, which has a habit of detailing and chipping away at precise moments; the first heart-flutter of a new crush; the moment a long-term friendship begins to ebb away. Around her, Tyler and Wilson’s rhythm section carefully mirrors each feeling Nathan conveys. When she sings pointedly about love (‘I Really Like It’), she’s backed by a major-key afterglow. When the subject turns on its head (‘Josephine’), out steps a wall of taut, earth-shaking noise. They each “serve the song,” in Wilson’s words, moving in sync but with their own personal slant. Not least on the closer ‘Boring’, where all restraint is thrown aside and the trio let out one final, violent thrash. They inhabit a space bigger than the first loves, sleepless nights and growing pains that define this record.

Nathan remembers being in Brighton four years ago, shortly after Our Girl formed, and realising, “I was finally in the band I wanted to be in.” Almost half a decade later, and this eureka moment is sewn up on ‘Stranger Today’. It’s the sound of three friends totally at ease in their own space, discontent with being anywhere else; a vibrant document of what it’s like to be young, invigorated and amongst people who feel the same.

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Our Girl share new single ‘I Really Like It’

Rising London-based three-piece Our Girl have shared new single ‘I Really Like It’.

It’s been a busy few months for the band, touring with Pale Waves, The Magic Gang, and more. ‘I Really Like It’ contains their precocious live energy, a raw recording that allows their heartfelt songwriting to rise unhindered to the surface. That nagging chorus will stay lodged in your cranium for days – it’s aptly named, for sure. Singer Soph Nathan explains:

“It’s one of our newest songs. I was initially quite nervous to share it because it feels quite different to the others. I’d never written about love in this way before. It has the inevitable moments of craziness and longing that can come with falling in love, but mainly it’s just a really happy song.”

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OUR GIRL – ” Our Girl “

Posted: February 25, 2018 in MUSIC
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Our Girl have shared their self-titled single, which you guessed it is titled ‘Our Girl’, which carries on the theme of self-titled releases and is the Brighton trio’s first release since their self-titled debut EP dropped last November.

The new single is produced by former The Coral member Bill Ryder-Jones  who brings over the fuzzy hooks which were plentiful on the Merseyside man’s last record West Kirby County Primary which shine through on ‘Our Girl’.

Soph Nathan guitarist vocalist from the band said more about the song, she said: “Our Girl was the first song I ever wrote, the first song we played together, and the first demo we ever recorded and shared with people. We ended up naming the band after it! So this song feels like the perfect re-introduction to everything we’ve got coming.”

It’s a busy old time for the Brighton band at the minute, as they are currently touring the UK as part of Class Of tour alongside Pale Waves and Bloxx then they will be heading stateside to perform at SXSW. Following this, they will then be supporting The Magic Gang on their upcoming tour and have their own headline show at London’s Moth Club on 22nd May.

Our Girl Tour Dates

Feb 20 Boileroom Guildford, UK
Feb 22 Storey’s Field Centre Cambridge, UK
Feb 23 Westgarth Social Club Middlesbrough, UK
Feb 24 Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool, UK
Feb 26 The Cellar Oxford, UK
Feb 27 The Cookie Leicester, UK
Feb 28 Chapel Leeds, UK
Mar 01 The Sugarmill Stoke On Trent, UK
Mar 02 O2 Academy 3 Birmingham Birmingham, UK
Mar 04 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, UK
Mar 05 The Leadmill Sheffield, UK
Mar 06 Manchester Gorilla Manchester, UK
Mar 07 The Garage London, UK
Mar 08 Thekla Bristol, UK
Mar 12 The British Music Embassy Austin, TX
Mar 19 St Pancras Old Church London, UK
Mar 22 O2 Institute2 Birmingham Digbeth, UK
Mar 23 Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, UK
Mar 24 The Church Leeds, UK
Mar 27 Thekla Bristol, UK
Mar 28 Electric Ballroom London, UK
May 05 Leeds City Centre Leeds, UK
May 22 Moth Club London, UK

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OUR GIRL – ” Normally “

Posted: November 23, 2017 in MUSIC
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The Normally EP, the follow up to their debut single Sleeper, was recorded in the Summer in one day with Steve Ansell of Blood Red Shoes.
“Lots of the songs are about emotional distance – not knowing what someone else is thinking, and how that can make you feel crazy. It can cloud my judgment to the point that shrugging it off as indifference is the easiest thing to do. Although it still reflects those feelings of self-doubt, Being Around is probably the most hopeful song on the EP. It focuses on the positivity in the relationships I have, and the gratitude and care I have towards those people for being who they are, and being there for me in the way they are,” explains frontwoman and guitarist Soph Nathan.

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Nathan’s honest and personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals. You’d think Soph Nathan in particular might struggle to fit in allocated hours for napping these days; besides maintaining an outstandingly colourful shirt collection, and shredding guitars for The Big Moon, she also fronts ace trio Our Girl. Signed to Cannibal Hymns – the same Brighton label backing the likes of Dream Wife, Abattoir Blues, and Tigercub – the band specialise in inward-looking, complex meshes of haze. Our Girl’s latest, Being Around is their most ambitious yet. Our Girl have shared the stage with the likes of Sunflower Bean, The Wytches, and Dream Wife and head out in support of The Japanese House later this year.

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Rough Trade Counter Culture 12 Inch Volume 1 (Sad Fuzz – Ty Segall Cover)

We are excited to announce the first in our new series of Counter Culture 12 inches. The concept is the same as our yearly Counter Culture compilations, however we aim to give you a taste of what we’re loving throughout the year, rather than just annually. Volume 1 features 4 female fronted bands that we LOVE. Includedis the Our Girl track with a Ty Segall cover. They take Sad Fuzz and give it a neat lo-fi reworking and make it sound like a female fronted version of the Libertines.  This is limited to just 500 copies worldwide. Pressed on solid white vinyl.

Includes unlimited streaming of Rough Trade Counter Culture 12 Inch Volume 1 (Sad Fuzz – Ty Segall Cover)

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Our Girl (Credit: Charlotte Patmore)

Brighton trio Our Girl have been among bands to watch especially as Soph Nathan doubles as guitarist in the Big Moon. Live, the three-piece are a blizzard of energy and ideas, with those ideas gradually coming into clearer and clearer contrast. Their new EP ‘Normally’ was recorded over the course of just one day this summer, with the session being overseen by Steve Ansell of Blood Red Shoes.
Its a righteous four-tracker, to be released on November 18th via Cannibal Hymns and it seems to nail some indefinable sense of atmosphere. The video for languid slacker jam ‘No Big Deal’, with its hazy melancholia being contrasted with some underwater visuals. Our Girl’s Soph Nathan explains:
“We wanted to film the video to ‘No Big Deal’ under water to reflect the erratic nature of the song: the sense of not being able to breathe or move as quickly as you need to, like in a bad dream where you can’t get away from something that’s chasing you. We liked the idea that under water there’s a fine line between that kind of claustrophobia and complete tranquillity. You can also create an immense sense of calm under water – the sound of silence when you’re floating, weightless. It’s this sense of volatility that we thought would suit the feeling of the song so well.”

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There must be something in the water in Brighton as they seem to be producing new bands faster than we can write about them.

The latest are Our Girl will release their debut single “Sleeper” through Cannibal Hymns on Friday December 11th. The single, which features “Level” on the flipside, is a luscious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs then cut suddenly to beautiful, intimate moments of just guitar and reverb hugged vocals.