Friday, March 24, 2023

Gal Pal - "Angel in the Flesh"

Photo by Ry Essi

The three members of Gal Pal met in college where they all lived on the same floor of their dorm. The trio learned their instruments together and released their debut album back in 2017 while still in college. It's been six years since then, but the Los Angeles based band is finally back with a new album due in June. The first single off of that album, "Angel in the Flesh," is a dark and moody take on shoegaze mixed with the harder fuzz of grunge. However, the vocals are lush and gorgeous. They mix that dreamy quality of shoegaze vocals, but more along the lines of Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. "Angel in the Flesh" is this bouncy, moody, noisy, and beautiful single. Gal Pal borrow from multiple related genres, taking the best parts of them all for a killer new single.

Nico Romero says of his band's new single:

“I grew up listening to a lot of pop punk and emo bands. I was a big fan of labels like Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance as a kid. I think this song definitely comes from that background a bit. It’s easy for me to want to sing about crushes and longing because it’s a fun feeling to indulge in and romanticize, even when it hurts.” 

You can watch the video for "Angel in the Flesh" below. This and Other Gestures is due out June 2. For more on Gal Pal, check them out on Instagram and Twitter.

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