Girlpool: A shallow look at the L.A. based punk rock duo

Monday 19th, October 2015 / 14:59
By Maya-Roisin Slater
Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker turn vulnerability into a powerful statement.

Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker turn vulnerability into a powerful statement.

VANCOUVER — Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker were brought together by Los Angeles’ all ages music scene. With Tividad on bass and Tucker on guitar, the duo went about exploring the similar vision and intention they shared. Tucker explains, “We wanted to start a project that was strongly focused on honesty and closeness.” They called this project Girlpool, and one EP and a full length later, the pure intentions this pair set out with have taken them around the world and put them in high favor of some of the world’s most snotty critics. In the middle of a very long European and North American tour, with the mediation help of editors and publishers, Tucker and Tividad kindly peel their eyes away from windmills and renaissance art to email us a bit about themselves and what they’re up to.

Girlpool’s most recent release is a powerful reflection on self-growth and the impactful details life has to offer. Through nostalgia for past experiences and detailed descriptions of the present, the girls present an album that sounds like the shedding of skin. The last song, “I Like That You Can See It,” shows the girls in this vulnerable new state, more intimate than ever, they search for the root of their anger and release their nervous energy, all symptoms of personal discovery that present themselves before a breakthrough. Tividad says the material was a summation of all their encounters thus far. “Cleo and I draw inspiration from everything. The record was about any and every experience we had.” The bulk of these experiences were made into songs in L.A. where the pair met, but the songs were recorded in Philadelphia. Tucker reminds us that while they were recording in Pennsylvania, they also were experiencing one of their first real winters. In a way this is reflected in the record, their voices huddle together for warmth and invite you to crawl beneath the covers with them.

girlpool 2Tividad says that at the moment of this email, Girlpool is in Hamburg playing Reeperbahn festival. “The pastries here are amazing, it’s insane how in Europe you can stop at a gas station and get a sandwich or an amazing baguette for four euros, better than most bread you would get in the U.S.” Although high quality baked goods are both a comfort and a luxury, not even the fluffiest croissant can absorb the shock of five weeks away from home in different time zones. When they return from tour, Tividad goes on to say they will be focusing on taking care of themselves and using that recharged energy to create new and exciting music. “We are touring the U.S. for five weeks and then are going to enjoy time creating and exploring.” With honesty as the project’s mission statement, these two are sure to have a wealth of life material to spin into striking music as they grow and develop Girlpool. We look forward to hearing about new parts of the world from the minds and lips of friends who formed an intimate connection, trying to communicate the scenes they saw around them.

Girlpool will be playing at the Cobalt on October 27th.

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