With EP number one just out, a UK and Scandinavia tour done and an elusive run of shows at South By South West festival (where they were the talk of the town) under their belt, just ahead of their set at The Great Escape Festival, Swedish break out act Girl Scout continues its streak of high quality output with new single "Monster".
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, consisting of Emma Jansson (guitar, vocals), Evelina Arvidsson Eklind (bass, vocals), Per Lindberg (drums) and Viktor Spasov (guitar), could take a break and bathe in these achievements, instead they keep going.
Already a staple in their arresting live shows, "Monster" is a big, loud rock song, starting out almost acoustic, then steam rolling over the listeners. "Monster is about leaning into your unsympathetic side; being well aware that you’re the bad guy in the dynamic but you’re in too deep so you might as well just go for it. As destructive as it is, I think most people have that side to them, at least I hope they do!", says singer Emma about the first track of the band's second EP. To fully focus on her vocal performance here she laid down her guitar and left all the playing to Viktor.
"Monster" is the first track of Girl Scout's sophomore EP coming later this year. It comes with a music video shot in their home town Stockholm, directed by Josef Ingmår of Stommer Studios, who is an old friend of Emma's. "We wanted a classic music video where we played as a band, and so we combined that with Josefs storyline of a character tired of his ordinary life, sick of the situation he’s in, longing for something else. The video is a kind of homage to wanting out of your current situation and seeking out the strange," explains the band the grungey music video. "We filmed the video in Kungsbacka, outside of Gothenburg in Sweden, in a field and up on a hill with this amazing view. What we didn’t know was that there were horses in the pasture where the hill was, when we had already carried most of our gear up. You can see them running in the background in the video. I think they got used to the drums after a while." The result is a moody ride through sable Swedish landscapes worthy of a slot in MTV's 120 Minutes if that still existed.