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CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is excited to welcome U.S. Girls to Lincoln Hall on Friday, April 21st!
Masterminded by experimental songwriter Meghan Remy, Polaris Music Prize nominee U.S. Girls developed from a noisy, abrasive solo act into a larger-than-life pop group. Remy's fascination with girl group melodrama and eerie soul music grew from reverb-coated experiments in her early days to the ambitious arrangements and slick production of albums like 2018's In a Poem Unlimited and 2020's Heavy Light, as well as the post-punk-leaning 2022 single "So Typically Now."
Remy began U.S. Girls as a solo project in Philadelphia in late 2007. Armed with a gigantic reel-to-reel tape machine, her earliest performances included tape recordings of primitive percussion and vocal performances both aggressive and darkly moody. During this time, Remy toured the U.S. and Europe extensively, lugging her only-sometimes-functional reel-to-reel around and sometimes traveling via Greyhound bus.
Though her harsh tape experiments remained at the core of the U.S. Girls sound, 2011's U.S. Girls on Kraak hinted at a change in direction with sample-based songs and a more vivid vocal presence. Issued by FatCat in 2012, the album Gem delivered on the change suggested in that release as well as in ever-reaching live performances. It was the highest fidelity of any U.S. Girls release to that point, doing away with harsh drum machines and distorted vocals in favor of a more traditional live band-style recording as well as faithful covers of glam rock and '60s AM radio pop. The group's live performances at this time went from solo to full-band experiences as well.