Wherever Girlpool Plays, the Duo Always Makes Sure It Feels Like Home
"I feel like you kind of curate
Coming up through the Smell in Los Angeles, one of the country's longest-lasting and most influential all-ages DIY venues, the two women founded Girlpool after hanging out at shows together. Inspired by Smell staples like Moses Campbell, Peter Pants and Heller Keller, the two musicians started making music of their own. They had been playing in other bands, but hit it off as friends and wanted to do something different.
"We really try to pour ourselves in in a really sensitive, soft manner — so that it sort of becomes a contagious spirit within
Listening to their music feels like realizing a friendship — while Tucker and Tividad's voices are unique and often work together in harmony, they can also wind around each other to create one big, powerful sonic gesture. The duo's instrumentation is just bass and guitar, a sparse but equally strong instrumentation that drives Girlpool's sound. The sisterhood extends to songwriting, as they suss out each other's thoughts and feelings together, processing it all into song.
"When we write together, it's this reach — it feels like monkey bars. You're swinging around for the next bar and then you hit it and grab it — that's what finding the feeling is like and finding the words. It's so cool," says Tividad. "It feels so good when you're stable again. It's vulnerable; when you have a feeling and you can't quite articulate it, you feel like you lose yourself for a minute. You're hanging there with one hand on — but then you grab the other bar and you're centered and you have that feeling like it's yours and you've claimed it."
Tucker continues to describe their decoding of each other's feelings that make the songs work: "You can have someone to be on the monkey bars with. We feel really close to each other and that's part of what the project is all about — our friendship."
See and hear Girlpool's friendship in action this Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. Lost Lake Lounge with Jobless, Kissing Party and Lanedecay. Tickets are $10; this show is 21 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Lost Lake's website.