Underrated. 2nd Album is a grower.
― nostormo, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:16 (two months ago) Permalink
I love the guitar tone Powerplant
― Evan, Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:39 (two months ago) Permalink
Haven't property digested it yet but on first listen it's interesting that they no longer sound particularly idiosyncratic - as a band and also their voices.
― everything, Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink
fuck i wish i went to their show here last summer. i just heard "Blah Blah Blah" for the first time, what an amazing song.
― flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:36 (one month ago) Permalink
New album is great. First album mostly great. Their harmonies do something to me.
― Shanty Brunch (stevie), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 14:33 (one month ago) Permalink
The second album seems like a big step up from the debut. I've been playing it a lot.
― kitchen person, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink
My favorite new band of the last five years. Thought about starting a thread a couple years ago, not sure why I didn't.
― geoffreyess, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink
this feels like a flashback to 2012 when I ignored Grimes for nine months because for some reason I thought she was a prefab pop star like Lana Del Rey. last time they were in town, Girlpool played with Snail Mail (great but not my thing) and Frankie Cosmos (zzzzzzzz) and somehow I've never heard them before. Actually I think I saw the video of their NPR Tiny Desk Concert after someone on FB posted it mockingly. w/e I bought the record last night can't wait to hear the whole thing...
― flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:02 (one month ago) Permalink
got the Powerplant LP, fully on board now. it came with a shirt. hope they tour the east coast soon.
― flappy bird, Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink
― calstars, Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:41 (one month ago) Permalink
sweet Fader feature from 6 months ago: http://www.thefader.com/2016/11/30/girlpool-powerplant-harmony-tividad-cleo-tucker-interview
― flappy bird, Sunday, 25 June 2017 02:27 (one month ago) Permalink
'sleepless' and 'static somewhere' are my faves on the new one
― calstars, Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink
this band is fucking brilliant
― flappy bird, Sunday, 2 July 2017 05:59 (one month ago) Permalink
I doubt many people would feel the same but "It Gets More Blue" is probably my favourite song of the year. Emotionally it just hits all the right notes for me, it's such a beautiful sigh of a song. The harmonies on the interlude before the second chorus ("but I don't do / what I ought to") are particularly heartbreaking. The full album's amazing too!
― josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 2 July 2017 08:40 (one month ago) Permalink
It's also interesting how they abandoned what made them interesting and took on a less original sound but actually came out of it with a much better album
― josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 2 July 2017 08:53 (one month ago) Permalink
I really can't get over how brilliant Before the World Was Big is. For the last year or so I only had a peripheral awareness of Girlpool, and really my only exposure to their music was someone posting their NPR Tiny Desk Concert in a private FB group (skewing mostly punk/metal/rock) totally mocking it. I didn't even watch the video, I just sort of thought "oh, it's a Beat Happening thing - skip." Treeship posted that Blah Blah Blah poll and I heard the Girlpool song - their first song - and it blew me away. Got Powerplant, I instantly loved most of it, especially "123," "It Gets More Blue," and "Corner Store." There are others, and I need to listen to it more, but I don't think it's a better or more interesting album than BTWWB.
The first two records, especially BTWWB, are brilliant because they're working in an idiom (bedroom indie pop/rock) that's known for its sloppiness and has a very rigid and recognizable sound. But they're trained musicians that went to school for this - all the records are "written and arranged" by Cleo & Harmony. So those first chords of "Ideal World" start up, hesitant at first, like all those bedroom bandcamp wankers, and then Cleo rips that open G string and it sounds explosive, like hearing the opening drums on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time. It really shook me. And the songwriting is just so strong, so much better than all of their peers. I really can't stand most of those Philly bands, and why bother after BTWWB has been made? Their songwriting is ridiculously great, "Dear Nora" is on par with the best of Elliott Smith. There's a power here and a force that I don't feel from anyone else working in their milieu today. Extremely tight compositions, harmonies, and hilarious wordplay (that drawn out "having seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeances," such a great fake out). BTWWB is at once a rejection and a capstone on bandcamp bedroom pop. I'm bummed I'm 2 years late, but I have a new favorite album. It hasn't left my turntable in a week.
― flappy bird, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:52 (one month ago) Permalink
I watched that Tiny Desk concert over and over. It's magnetic.
― in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink
It's incredible. I wish there were more live recordings of them out there - I can only find 2 performances of "Dear Nora" on youtube. Looks like they're touring Europe in the fall, and they have one festival somewhere in Texas in November. I really hope they hit the east coast again this year.
― flappy bird, Friday, 7 July 2017 17:19 (one month ago) Permalink
i feel sick to my stomach knowing i went to their show here last summer and left after my friends opened. fucking hell
― flappy bird, Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:24 (one month ago) Permalink
Really warming up to Powerplant. I love every song on here - "Kiss and Burn" and "Powerplant" are new standouts. I've listened to Before the World Was Big more than anything other record so far this year, and I've only had it for a month. I love this band so much.
― flappy bird, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink