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Friday, March 22, 2013

J.R. White's First Post-Girls Interview: "I Do Have Some Animosity Over How It Ended"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge Chris Owens and JR White, in more unified times.
  • Chris Owens and JR White, in more unified times.

The only former member of Girls who has talked about the end of the band is singer-songwriter Christopher Owens. Until now. Over at Paste, writer Philip Cosores has a long, hard-won interview with Chet "J.R." White, the bassist/producer half of the lauded San Francisco indie rock band. And parts of it are absolutely fascinating.

White says, among other things, that the two didn't talk during the recording of Girls' magnum opus sophomore album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and that he was surprised to not receive producer credit for the record. He says breaking up Girls was Owens' idea and that while he's somewhat past it now, the break-up did hurt:

So, for me, for a while I did have a little distaste. I kind of looked at Girls like it was a negative thing. When people would ask lately, I'd just say it was fine, but there was a time where I wasn't so sure. I still don't really know how I feel. He told me he was done with the band via email the day before he said it on Twitter. I had asked him for some time to tell my family, but I knew he would do it like that. He was going out of town and wouldn't be in San Francisco to run into me or have to actually talk to me about it. There seemed to be some anger behind it, and I do have some animosity over how it ended.

Cosores prods White for answers about where his career will go next, which, for the immediate future, seems to be producing bands like Spectrals, DIIV, and Tobias Jesso Jr. White, though, is noncommittal, saying he's not completely sure what he wants to do next.

Oen thing seems sure: There were other reasons for the dissipation of Girls besides Owens deciding that the band simply had "too many people." White lays the blame on both members:

The basic idea was that the band was built around camaraderie and friendship, for me at least. At some point the band felt like, as stupid as it sounds, "a band of brothers." It felt like more than a band. So, when it became a band, it became less interesting and just a failure of our relationship. That was the whole band, him and I, so the failure of one meant the failure of both.

Read the interview over at Paste.

-- @iPORT

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