After meeting in one of LA’s most famous indie haunts, the Smell, Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) formed Girlpool. The music they produce is stripped down, raw and unsuitable for sensitive souls – there’s shrill and whiney shrieking and swearing coupled with simple melodies. But what they lack in crashing beats and hi-hats (their tracks don’t have a drum part) they make up for in high energy, lo-fi and scratchy guitar riffs. They are the sound of rebellion, subversiveness and don’t-give-a-shit storytellers. Their songs are short, succinct and fun, but in these mostly less-than-three-minute-songs they are able to output a phenomenal amount of melody. In a venue as intimate as Soup Kitchen, you’ll probably come out perspiring from shock and pleasure.

Wed 18 Feb, Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF, 7.30pm, £7,

Wed 18 Feb
Edwina Chan
Published on:
Thu 12 Feb 2015