San Francisco's Girls are a duo composed of JR White and Christopher Owens (of Holy Shit fame). Their only album out so far, charmingly named "Lust for Life," arrived last March on True Panther Sounds. In a time when overcomplicated, artsy and painfully unique music receives all the critical acclaim it's nice to have a band like Girls. They may not play anything revolutionary, but they're one of the most enjoyable and classically appealing bands around.
Their instrumentals are simple, yet well-played and their vocals are absolutely beautiful. They make songs about love: falling in love, losing love, loving life. Their songs are romantic and reminiscent of the 60s. Plus, there are hand claps! And tambourines! In my mind they're a modern version of the Beach Boys living in San Francisco and serenading me in my bedroom with sweet and sad pop songs every night. Girls conjure up images of hand-holding and slow dancing and sitting in the car after a really terrible fight feeling angsty. With girls, every day feels like summertime.
If you like the guys in Girls, be sure to vote for them in the Indie Pop/Rock category of this year's SF Weekly Music Awards.--Melissa Baron