Christopher Owens and Chet White formed Girls in 2007, when the two met in the Bay Area. Owens, who was brought up in the Children of God cult, had effectively been cut off from the kinds of cultural knowledge most kids experience before the age of sixteen. Once he had access to more music, he made up for lost time and, like White, experienced the whole punk and hardcore thing before moving on to music with more emotional nuance. As Girls, Owens and White have written dreamily evocative pop songs crossed with threads of experimental guitar rock and R&B. Even in its sweetest moments, there is an urgent tension to the the music that draws you into the act's emotional wake.


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