The Cult of Girls
"I was not allowed to listen to any radio or records ― the only music we knew was what was written within the group," Owens admits over the phone. "But it made me obsessed with music in a way."
Thanks to a weekly movie night for the younger members that was heavily monitored by an adult, Owens learned to feed his addiction. "It was very controlled, but what they didn't realize was there was always a soundtrack and that was huge for me," he says. "That's how I found out about Queen, by watching Highlander and Guns N' Roses by watching Lean On Me."
Understanding the oppression he faced as a youngster, it makes complete sense that Owens and musical partner Chet "JR" White completely indulged when it came to the scope of Girls' music. For their debut album, simply titled Album, the two chose not to set any boundaries. The result is a wealth of wild, sun-kissed melodies spread across a capricious selection of styles, from Hawaiian surf and '50s rock'n'roll, to noisy shoegaze and wasted country.
"We discussed it and were comfortable jumping around and doing whatever we wanted to do," says Owens. "My main influence for writing is Ariel Pink. If he feels like doing a funky or weird psychedelic song, he just does it, and that made me more comfortable just making whatever music we wanted."
Still, it's hard to discount the formative years spent within the cult. Adds Owens, "I also think the inspirational vibe of the Children of God's music is still subconsciously in my songwriting, like the simple chords, lyrics and sing-along choruses."
FeaturesOct 07, 2014
It has taken Dan Snaith (aka Caribou) a lifetime to find a sound he can happily call his own. From his early work as Manitoba to the psych r...
FeaturesSep 29, 2014
King TuffIs Rock'n'Roll
"It's all a blur to me now, but I remember singing some vocals while sitting on the toilet," admits King Tuff, aka Kyle Thomas. It's not cus...
FeaturesSep 25, 2014
LowellBest of Both Worlds
"I think there are a lot of people who listen to Yeezus who have no idea what Kanye's saying about race, but they still like it. That's what...
FeaturesSep 05, 2014
Death From Above 1979Friends Fatale
Sebastien Grainger: "It was kind of out of the blue. I mean, we'd never explicitly talked about a new record. It's just one day there were d...