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In 2006, Michael Gondry released the surrealist science fantasy comedy The Silence of Sleep, apparently based on a bed-time story written by a 10-year-old. Centered around the story of a man who’s dreams and imagination begin to infiltrate his reality, it’s also inspired the latest video from melodic rock band Our Girl.

Made up of Soph Nathan, Josh Tyler and Lauren Wilson, the three-piece have been tipped for greatness left, right and centre. Now with their eagerly awaited debut album Stranger Today set to wow us on 17th August, they’re giving us a little taste of the magic to come with new track “In My Head”. Born during a time of big personal change in Nathan’s life, the accompanying video – released today! – channels the lyrics which “toe the line between the reality of the situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could’ve gone.”

Directed by Tayo Kopfer, the video uses stop animation and surreal imagery to explore the difference between reality and dreams in a visually stunning and hypnotic way. As Nathan states, “We took inspiration from a film we love called Science of Sleep, which has a lot of weird and wonderful surreal imagery in it. It uses stop motion and other beautiful and psychedelic techniques to explore the cross over between dreams and reality. We wanted to create a similar world for ‘In My Head’. The song explores the claustrophobia of love and regret, and the lyrics toe the line between the reality of a situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could have gone. It felt natural to us to use stop motion to create that feeling, and Lauren had the idea that our heads could be opening up with all sorts of imagery and thoughts coming out. Tayo took that idea and made something really cool!”

 

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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 – ” 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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New Band Of The Week - Stream The Big Moon’s Debut Single ‘Sucker’ And Read Their First Ever Interview

It was definitely more important to have the right people in the band than the right musicians,” says Juliette Jackson (above, left) – lynchpin and leader of London’s most exciting new quartet, The Big Moon (formerly The Moon).

“You can just tell when you’re gonna be friends with people.” This sense of togetherness is the spark that ignites the band – completed by Soph Nathan (guitar, vocals), Celia Archer (bass, vocals) and Fern Ford (drums) – and is remarkable considering the girls have only known each other for a year. A four-headed beast of tight harmonies, guitar interplay and wired, exuberant energy on stage, the group come across as more of a breezy, Runaways-esque girl gang than a songwriter and her backing band, although The Big Moon did originate with just Jackson and some aspirational dreams.

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Jackson says she had all but renounced music until she found herself re-enthused by the fieriest factions of indie’s new breed. “I went to see Palma Violets and I wanted to be in a band like them, in a gang,” she explains. “And then I saw Fat White Family and I just went home and began writing songs. It made me feel like I could do it and I wanted this for myself.”

Soph, Celia and Fern came into the mix via friends (all three were given the thumbs up based on immediate chemistry before barely playing a note) and the band moved into a tiny rehearsal room in London’s Stoke Newington

‘Eureka Moment’ – an intensely stirring stop start rattle that’s earned them comparisons to everyone from PJ Harvey to The Slits – is the first taste, while debut single ‘Sucker’ came out in June 2015.

“The first time we played together I cried because I’d wanted a band for so long, and I’d finally found the right people,” Juliette smiles. “These guys think I’m an emotional volcano, but I just don’t care about other things as much as this.” Start the countdown now – The Big Moon are readying to shoot for the stars.