TRACK OF THE WEEK: Girlpool “Cherry Picking”


When you combine two best friends on a new adventure, a guitar and bass, and raw natural emotion, you hear the sound that is Girlpool. Newly relocated to Philly from Los Angeles, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Divided’s new sound projects this location change. The newly released track, “Cherry Picking,” follows their new trend of mellower and more emotional tracks; a vast difference from their EP released last year. Their self-titled seven track EP has a bit more of an angst-fueled rhythm to it, filled with songs about what it’s like to be a girl (including fun things like being eaten out while watching American Beauty). “Cherry Picking,” on the other hand, opens with a whispered, “I was cherry picking, I was cherry picking dreams.” The three and a half minute song continues on like a nostalgic daydream with their hazy harmonies sprinkled throughout. As the tempo picks up, the sound still stays minimal. I always found the rawness of Cleo and Harmony’s voices one of the major appeals to their genuine and relatable sound. The song closes with a harmonized yelp of “Yes I am picking cherries, I have a hard time staying clean.” You can listen to “Cherry Picking” below, or on their debut full length, Before The World Was Big, to be released this Tuesday, June 2 on Wichita Recordings. 

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Girlpool “Things Are OK”


In the days of self-inflicted constant surveillance we all bring out cameras to shows, but it’s rarer for artists to return the favor, capturing their intimate moments of tour to give us when they’ve already poured all their essence into a performance. When music documentaries are done, at worst they’re overly promotional and obviously fake, at best they’re tender, inspiring, and revealing.

From Philadelphia by way of LA, Girlpool consists of Cleo Tucker (Guitar) and Harmony Tividad (Bass). They’ve become known for their stripped down minimalist sound and honest, bare lyrics. On their first east coast tour their friend director Cory McConnell mixes show footage (including performances at the dead but not forgotten Brooklyn venues Death by Audio and Glasslands) and strikingly insightful interviews. The result is the 25 minute documentary Things Are Ok.

In the film, Cleo and Harmony dicuss growing up feeling different, the strangeness that comes with spotlight and public perception, and most fascinatingly, their relationship.

“It’s been about a year since we’ve started, and think what’s changed the most is Harmony and I’s relationship, and how honest and close and comfortable we’ve become with one another,” reflects Cleo.

“Cleo and I’s friendship is really honest, and intimate, and straightforward and turbulent, but only because we’re so honest,” continues Harmony.

In fact, the undeying theme throughout the interviews with the duo is honesty. Sounds like their music.

Their self-titled EP is out now on Wichita Recordings. Watch the documentary below. After you’ve been let in their tour life via film; check out the tour dates below to catch them live.


1/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
2/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA  ^
2/16 – London, UK @ Lexington
2/18 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/19 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
2/21 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
2/23 – Berlin,  DE @ Berghain Kantine ^
2/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Exile Molotow ^
4/24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister *
4/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
4/26 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
4/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
4/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
5/1 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
5/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
5/3 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
5/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
5/7 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
5/8 – Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen *
5/9 – Detroit, MI @ UFO *
5/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
5/11 – Montreal,  QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB *
5/12 – Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House *
5/13 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
5/14 – East Greenwich, RI @ Greenwich Odeum *

^ = w/ Alex G
= w/ Waxahatchee