The Coronavirus works hard, but Girl Friday works harder.
Los Angeles based members include Vera, Libby, Sierra, and Virginia who recently put out a music video for their latest single “This Is Not The Indie Rock Music I Signed Up For”. Their video features unique and candid moments from their last tour and gives us all the feels - similar to what you get when you pop through your stories archive on Instagram. On August 21st they will be releasing their highly anticipated full-length album Androgynous Mary just in time for listeners to sink their teeth into right as summer succumbs to the fall. Girl Friday has truly blended genres and pure emotions into this fantastic piece of work.
We got the chance to walk through some questions with them. We cover quite a range of topics such as their origins, album specifics, and the Black Lives Matter movement we passionately support. Their wit and perspectives will have you moving from question to question. There are a lot of delicious layers to peel back here so without further ado, let's jump into this.
Would you do my readers the honor of introducing yourselves and share what instrument you play in the group? How did the four of you meet? Was there a magic moment when you all knew Girl Friday needed to be a band?
Vera: Thank you, wonderful human person! We met on the dance floor as all lovers do. It was instant Magic. Hi, I’m Vera and I play guitar and use my vocal cords to create abnormal sound sometimes too.
Libby: My name is Libby and I play bass, sometimes guitar, and sing. We met because the invisible malevolent sirens within the deep dark universe whispered all of our names in our little ears and by happenstance, we found ourselves together with instruments in our hands.
Sierra: One time I answered the phone to a telemarketer who asked if Sierra was available, and my response was, “It is here.” I felt the same when we all played together for the first time. So, hey! I’m Sierra, and I play guitar and sing.
Virginia: I was taking a pleasant stroll outside on a cloudy day when all of a sudden I fell into a cavernous manhole. When I regained consciousness, the others were pulling me into the light and all I wanted to do was play the drums. That was also the first time I was late to band practice.
With artists putting out more genre-fluid music, the idea of “rock” is a spectrum that I’m truly fascinated with. How would you all describe your sound?
Libby: A boisterous bunch of toddlers playing with pots and pans in the kitchen when mom isn’t looking.
Sierra: I am genuinely surprised by how slippery a grasp I have on what our music sounds like when I hear people record our live set. I hope it sounds as confusing for everyone else.
Virginia: Someone once described us to me as a mix of Tenacious D and Sonic Youth. Someone also likened us to the Go-Gos. I’m sure they’re all correct. Always trust a music critic.
Los Angeles is a playground made up of legendary venues and scenes. Are there any special places you all love playing at or even just love attending?
Libby: House of Tomothy + Church of Fun + Non-Plus
Sierra: My knowledge of LA venues is actually quite sparse! I tend to end up at our gigs without really knowing how I came to be there, and I blame this on my critical lack of geographical awareness. But the best shows I’ve seen in LA have been at the Hollywood Palladium.
Virginia: I’ve played a lot of shows at places I would rather not remember, but after many of our gigs we would visit Swingers Diner in Hollywood to indulge in Stuffed Grilled Cheeses, Hardcore Soy Shakes, and delirious conversation. RIP Swingers.
Word on the street is you all have a full-length debut album coming out in August called Androgynous Mary. What are some themes we can expect from this new album?
Vera: I would trust the street more than the word itself. Expect nothing so when you get it you will be like “You know what, this is sufficient”.
Libby: Deep internal despair and then moments of pure joy.
Sierra: What a story it is. A tragic tale of romance, passion, and a murder most foul.
Virginia: A gas station snack fueled fever dream that sends you into a cold sweat.
Of all the albums you have collectively put out, what makes Androgynous Mary unique?
Vera: She is our firstborn so you always like them a bit more. Staring at a blank wall mostly.
Sierra: Young Mary feels like our first truly collective pile of parts, and we do love her for that.
The first single off the album “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern” contains lyrics that feel relatable, especially in this current COVID-19 climate. What was the idea behind this song?
Libby: There is a veneer of propriety. Your neighbors, dressed in red gingham and multi-pocketed cargo shorts, have thick-slat fences with non-biodiverse lawns. They bring you Betty Crocker cookies laced with some peculiar kind of sleeping agent. Big Brother is watching.
Sierra: Exploring the alternate universe that undoubtedly exists in which we are all contestants on Rock of Love.
How have you all stayed busy during these COVID q u a r a n t i m e s?
Libby: Yo he estudiado español todos los días. And have been working on a solo experimental album. Just for fun.
Sierra: I am deep in the throes of Stephen King’s It, and truly no one I know can hear the end of it. I resemble Pennywise more and more with each passing day.
Virginia: I built an island for my kitchen because I’m at that stage of papahood.