Wargirl draws influence from War, The Upsetters, Iggy Pop, The Clash and early Black Sabbath to make revolutionary Southern California garage rock. Sometimes subversive lyrics are counterpointed against groovy, danceable rhythms that become a hip-swaying affair. Musically, WARGIRL is mainly comprised of talented ladies approaching music in a unique kind of way. Artist Marika Dahlin (who met Wignall while doing work with Water Wells For Africa), handles lead vocals. Long Beach’s motorcycle riding Tamara Raye is on bass. Enya Preston plays organ and keys, and then it’s a 3 piece rhythm section with Ecuadorian Erick Nieto and Charis Ashcraft on percussion, and Jeff Suri on drums, who incidentally grew up drumming under the training of Stephan Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples).
WARGIRL started at Tackyland recording studio in Long Beach, California. In fact, Tackyland is almost the first band member of War Girl, given that it had the space and energy to support the creation of deep, honest analog sound—the kind of vibe that infused songs like “Hang Me Out To Dry” and “Hospital Beds” for the Cold War Kids, which were recorded at Tackyland by WARGIRL guitarist Matt Wignall years prior.
The music is as good as the message, a song about a cheating boyfriend becomes a metaphor for a dishonest government (Mess Around), another track tells us about an individual getting ousted from their building in NY as the tide of progress and gentrification changes the landscape. Not afraid to be poppy with a large dose of improvisation is the game and all in all it’s groovy.
Wargirl: Little Girl
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