We made Horsegirl a Band To Watch on the strength of just three songs, and guess what? Now they have four. The Chicago teenagers are back today with a new single called “Billy” to be released on a 7″ with a vinyl-only cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Pt. 2.” Released today with a lo-fi music video, “Billy” demonstrates Horsegirl’s mastery over the kind of fuzzed-out but poppy guitar music that laid the foundation of their new record label Matador. They continue to capture the sensation of falling in love with indie rock in real time.
Here’s a statement from the band on their new track:
There was a period of last year where the three of us spent every day together writing and recording. It was during this time, when we practically lived in Penelope’s basement, that “Billy” was written. Penelope had recently read about Nick Drake’s alternate tunings prompting her to detune her guitar, while Nora overlaid a rhythmic vocal line detailing the life of a fictional character, Billy. At the time, we had been listening to a lot of New Zealand underground bands (80’s/90’s Flying Nun). With that scrappiness in mind, we worked the rest of the song out through improvising together, and “Billy” quickly fell into place.
“Billy” is our first release with a label, and it feels particularly special that it is with Matador, whom we have admired since we were young. After a year of hard work, we are very happy to finally share music, especially with those who have uplifted Horsegirl in the last year. We feel so thankful to have been able to record this song with John Agnello, whose work we adore, at Electrical Audio, a Chicago institution. Recording this song was a dream experience for us, and John has become a very trusted mentor.
We shot the “Billy” music video with our friends on a rainy Chicago day and feel particularly thankful for everyone who danced the twist with us, and those who gave us their apartment, camera equipment, film expertise, and feedback. This video is a love letter to our city and friends. The song is a love letter to past music scenes we wish we could have witnessed. Please listen to “Billy” in your kitchen with a group of good friends and dance along — we can’t wait to share it with you.
Watch the “Billy” video below.
The “Billy” b/w “History Lesson Pt. 2” single is out 3/25. Pre-order it here.