Words by Popejohnpaul12 and Brokenbrooklyn
Pictures by Brokenbrooklyn
Our longest and most excellent day of the festival started at Pitchfork’s Showcase at Emo’s. Girls was the first band to go on (at least when we showed up) and they come from the San Francisco area which may explain their 1960′s Californian pop style. This isn’t the Beach Boys revisited though and everything they touch seems to get all covered up in lots of reverb. The lead singer/guitarist suggests a Zepplinish, pre metal virtuosity that never really makes its way into their music, though there are moments where you feel like it may someday. Their songs seem well constructed enough and aren’t totally boring, but if they let themselves rock out just a little bit more or piled on a some stranger atmospherics, it would likely take their sound to the next level. The singer’s voice suggests an early Conner Oberst, but it comes off as affected in a different sort of way, one that I’m not sure if I buy yet.