6 September | Thekla
Photo: David Studarus
On their latest album Powerplant, Girlpool evolved from guitar-and-bass two-piece to a more fleshed out project, adding drums, synths and extra guitar to tales of trying to make their way in the world. Sonically, they’re more powerful than ever, as was evident at their headlining show at Thekla.
Opening with recent single ‘123’, the five-piece live band were seamless in their execution, as synths and strums raged through vulnerable lyricism. Sonically, Girlpool are masters when it comes to dynamics, with hushed vocals often leading into an explosion of desperation and anger that seemed to almost blow the speakers at points. Folkier numbers like ‘Corner Store’ harked back to their previous work, highlighting Cleo Tucker’s and Harmony Tividad’s match-made-in-heaven harmonies, while ‘It Gets More Blue’ showed off their knack for penning perfect grunge-pop. ‘Before The World Was Big’ was performed with a marked poignancy.
With a set that focussed heavily on the newer material, the encore made way for classics ‘Cherry Picking’ and ‘Emily’, allowing the particularly impassioned crowd to garner even more excitement than before. Tucker and Tividad were also able to show off their love of British culture, with banter that included shout-outs to ‘Skins’ and a spontaneous, almost full-rendition of a Dizzee Rascal song. A relaxed but impressive set from one of the most exciting bands around.
Check out ‘It Gets More Blue’ below.