Photo by Todd Fisher
Chicago's Horsegirl are quickly becoming our favorite band to make us feel old. The band formed in 2019 and the trio are all between the ages of seventeen and nineteen. They would have much more in common with our kids, but they make fantastic music. Horsegirl just signed to Matador and released a new single, "Billy." This might have been my new favorite sound in college. It's filled with fuzzy and crunchy guitars and three part harmonies. The song swirls around in this giant wave of sound that threatens to crash into you at all times without being even remotely aggressive. It's hard to believe that these are teenagers in 2021 making this kind of music and not something Matador found in their archives from 1994.
In a press release, Horsegirl discuss their new single:
“There was a period of last year where the three of us spent every day together writing and recording. It was during this time, when we practically lived in Penelope’s basement, that ‘Billy’ was written. Penelope had recently read about Nick Drake's alternate tunings prompting her to detune her guitar, while Nora overlaid a rhythmic vocal line detailing the life of a fictional character, Billy. At the time, we had been listening to a lot of New Zealand underground bands (80’s/90’s Flying Nun). With that scrappiness in mind, we worked the rest of the song out through improvising together, and ‘Billy’ quickly fell into place."
You can watch the video for "Billy" below. The song is available as a single via Matador Records. You can pre-order the 7" which includes a cover of The Minutemen's "History Lesson Part 2" as a B-side here. For more on Horsegirl, check out the artist's Twitter and Instagram. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.