Girlpool announce new album ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool announce new album 'Powerplant'
Photo by Molly Matalon

Today, Girlpool have announced that they’ve signed to Anti- Records and have released a video for “123”, the lead single from Powerplant, the follow-up to the band’s debut album Before the World Was Big. Powerplant is available for pre-order now and due out through ANTI- Records on May 12th.

The band has also announced a full US tour. See below for all forthcoming dates.

Shortly before the release of their debut record, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,” recalls Cleo Tucker. “Then we started touring in a way we’d never done before. I really started to experience the duality that was beginning to exist in my life: tour/not on tour.” After a chaotic and informative year spent on he East Coast, both bandmates moved home to California at the start of 2017.

Over 10 days in August 2016, Girlpool holed up at Los Angeles’ Comp-ny studios to record and mix Powerplant with Drew Fischer. For the first time, Harmony and Cleo were joined by a third performer, drummer Miles Wintner, a friend who easily meshed with the tightknit duo. The decision to add percussion came naturally for Harmony and Cleo; “Cleo and I just were driving down the New Jersey turnpike when she mentioned that it might be exciting to expand our sound for the new songs,” says Harmony. “The songs we were writing had the potential of getting really climactic,” adds Cleo. “I think percussion adds a new part of the musical dynamic that we want to explore.”

“In some ways I feel more courageous and mature and in other ways I feel smaller and softer, sometimes even more fragile than ever,” says Harmony, adding that while the inner self is always changing, ultimately the end is a closer self-truth. Both bandmates believe that radical vulnerability and honesty are a crucial part of self-discovery. “I see vulnerable softness as a place where the honest self can come forward,” Cleo explains, saying that on Powerplant, Girlpool aimed for sincere expression. “As a society I feel that we perceive softness and vulnerability as traits that are ‘weak,’ and people emotionally disconnect themselves in order to avoid going through everything they feel,” Harmony adds. “I think what is most important right now is empathy, and in order to have empathy we must first feel what we, ourselves, feel.”

5/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
5/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/25 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/26 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
5/27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
5/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
6/1 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
6/2 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
6/4 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
6/5 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
6/6 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
6/7 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/11 – Washington, DC @ Rock + Roll Hotel
6/13 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
6/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
6/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
6/16 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
6/17- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
6/21 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
6/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

MAY 12, 2017

1. 123
2. Sleepless
3. Corner Store
4. Your Heart
5. Kiss And Burn
6. Fast Dust
7. Powerplant
8. High Rise
9. Soup
10. She Goes By
11. It Gets More Blue
12. Static Somewhere