It’s damn near impossible to start a band these days, and it’s even more impossible to actually make great music once you do. Girl Scout figured out the formula before even making a full-length LP. Their trajectory arrives without a ceiling. With EP number one just out and an elusive run of shows at South By South West festival (where they were the talk of the town) and a packed fesitval summer including shows at The Great Escape Festival, Roskilde, Bergenfest or Reeperbahn Festival under their belt, Swedish break out act Girl Scout releases of their second EP Granny Music.
During the release of their debut EP Real Life Human Garbage, the quartet managed to get their name on many people's hot lists, both critic's and listener's alike. NME, DORK, Under The Radar and more tipped them as ones to watch 2023, others augur them the same shooting star career as Wet Leg. Features in Clash, The Times, The Guardian, Gaffa, Atwood, Billboard, diffus, Visions and too many more to name them all here sang the band's paean as one of the most innovative and energetic newcomers around, likening them to Alvvays, Phoebe Bridgers, The Smile or Big Thief. The songs aired on radio stations all over the world, from BBC 1 to 6 Music, P3, Amazing Radio, Triple J, Double J, FluxFM, Puls, egoFM and a lot more. Girl Scout could take a break and bathe in these achievements, instead they keep going.
On their sophomore EP the Swedes explore more musical realms: "There’s some heartland sounding stuff going on, and there’s a power-ballad," the band muses. "And then of course we have a couple rockers in there, too. We wanted to explore some new ground without abandoning the foundation we built with the first EP." Granny Music, like Real Life Human Garbage, was produced by Ali Chant; it features more edge, a rougher tone and an overall even more ambitious interpretation of the Girl Scout sound. This EP is another five-song continuation of their brilliance, shouldered by second single “Boy in Blue,” the best rock song of 2023 so far. Few bands can so deftly procure brash, mountainous noise without subduing the melody, but Jansson and Spasov’s songwriting chemistry has led to impeccable, unsuspecting algorithms within their own work. The songs don’t go where you expect them to, yet, somehow, they sound as traditional and electric as anything a young, hungry alt-rock has the resources to make. Children-of-divorce anthem “Mothers & Fathers” outlines Spasov’s anomalous shredding that can echo the brightness of Jansson’s pipes without siphoning too much of the light. “Monster” centers Jansson’s gutteral, rapturous, passionate vocals, while “Bruises” is a ballad with country influence that showcases her professionally trained vocal spectrum. There’s a reason she studied singing at the Royal College of Music: She can absolutely wail. And don’t get me started on “Millionaire,” which crawls through halves of lo-fi into a hi-fi goodness filled out by Jansson coiling her warbles into a trumpet. It’s like watching a demo transform into a mixed and mastered masterpiece in three minutes. It’s damn near impossible to start a band
Girl Scout continue to weave the tapestry of a sound that has already become so big and unbelievable, pulling patient pleasures from eras they didn’t even exist in but have strong, reverberating reverence for. Lyrically, the new songs move away from the nostalgic yearning and anxiousness of the debut: "There’s a lot of divulging into childhood memories, family dynamics and romantic relationships, and more personal stories embedded throughout. The dynamic spectrum of Granny Music is wider; there are both softer and heavier songs on this EP."
Girl Scout's second EP Granny Music arrives 27th September 2023 on made records.
Real Life Human Garbage/ Granny Music VINYL will arrive on 29th September 2023.
"This band feels like the full alternative package!"
Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1
FORMAT: digital ep
RELEASE: 27. September 2023
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Girl Scout live:
22 Sept Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, GER
26 Sept Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK**
27 Sept The Cluny, Newcastle, UK**
28 Sept The Caves, Edinburg, UK**
29 Sept Stereo, Glasgow, UK**
30 Sept Gorilla, Manchester, UK**
2 Oct Rough Trade East In-Store, London, UK
4 Oct Castle & Falcon, Birmingham, UK**
5 Oct Thekla, Bristol, UK**
6 Oct The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK**
7 Oct Hangar 34, Liverpool, UK**
8 Oct The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK**
11 Oct Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK**
12 Oct Scala, London, UK**
13 Oct Patterns, Brighton, UK**
20 Oct Left Of The Dial Festival, Rotterdam, NL
21 Oct Hit Of The City Festival, Eindhoven, NL
6 Nov Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, DE**
7 Nov MTC, Cologne, DE**
9 Nov Privatclub, Berlin, DE**
10 Nov Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhäuser Strand, GER
15 Nov Plan B, Malmo, SWE
16 Nov Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DN
17 Nov Skeppet, Gothenburg, SWE
18 Nov Hus 7, Stockholm, SWE