SADGIRL

There’s an enclave of the punk world where the music still sounds like an austere distillation of America’s forlorn dream. It’s the sound of an old jukebox spinning a Ronettes 45 through a broken speaker, the kid in the garage figuring out the 1-4-5 progression on guitar, the steady thump of the kick drum banging in 4/4 time through a dilapidated PA. LA’s SadGirl sound a lot those early American punks—the miscreants that preceded the nihilists. Their songs sound more rooted in the wake of Motor City soul, Enchantment Under The Sea prom ballads, and Pacific Northwest surf rock than in the formula laid out by The Ramones, but there is still something in their reverb-and-tremolo pop that feels like a reminder of America’s decay.

On their new 7” for Suicide Squeeze Records, SadGirl not only harnesses a golden oldies sound with “Breakfast for 2″, they touch upon its traditions as well. “It’s a follow up to one of the first tracks I wrote for the project, ‘Breakfast Is Over’. It’s meant to be a sequel in line with rock n’ roll and oldies tunes like “It’s My Party” and “Judy’s Turn To Cry”, or “Johnny B. Goode” and “Bye Bye Johnny”‘, says guitarist/vocalist Misha Lindes. The flipside features a cover of the surf classic “Jack the Ripper” by Link Wray. “I’m a big fan”, says Lindes, “but I’m also a huge fan of the late Israeli neo-rockabilly / surf guitarist Charlie Megira, who passed away in November 2016, and Charlie has an amazing version of ‘Jack the Ripper'” says Lindes. “So our version is really an homage to Charlie as much as it is to Link Wray.” Suicide Squeeze is proud to release SadGirl’s “Breakfast for 2” b/w “Jack the Ripper” as a limited one-time pressing of 750 copies—125 on baby pink, 275 on baby blue, 350 on black. The 7” comes with a download card and is also available digitally on August 17th, 2018.


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IMAGES: To download, click above. Press photo credit to Michael Haight.

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