Girlpool grow up, don’t walk away
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Los Angeles itself is also a strongly felt presence on the record, both in the form of hazy soundscapes and soaring melodies, and darker, bolder production that evokes the less pleasant aspects of Hollywood. . “Los Angeles trash but filled with diamond candyTividad and Tucker harmonize over Violet’s sweet chords, perfectly capturing their love-hate relationship with their hometown.
“For me, songwriting is so tied up with sentimentality and nostalgia, and LA gives me what I need in that department,” says Tividad, who grew up a few blocks from where they now live. . “It’s a complicated balance, and when I first wanted to leave, there was so much negative energy and so many LA-related memories – I felt like I couldn’t watch this any longer. I reprocessed childhood stories and it’s positive to be here now.
To learn to love LA, they first had to leave. In 2015, they embarked on a brief but formative stint on the East Coast shortly after the release of the band’s debut album. In New York, they hung out with like-minded bands and met non-binary and queer people, which opened Tucker’s eyes. “It helped me feel like I couldn’t be feminine. Like I could be in Girlpool but not be feminine,” he says. Eventually, Tividad and Tucker returned to their hometown and looked into the inspiration it brought. “You digest what you’re around, and [in] LA, you want to listen to really specific stuff to get into the LA energy,” Tividad says of their musical influences for the album. They both mention the 80s, Madonna, Roxy Music and, of course, modern California boss Lana Del Rey. Tucker plays Roxette Listen to your heart his phone, and Tividad’s eyes widen in recognition. “It’s so moving. It’s so good!” she exclaims. “I love power ballads. They touch the feeling.”