Strawberry Girls have a unique way of intertwining their songs, sometimes subtly using similar chords or even by ending one song and connecting it to the beginning of the next. On their upcoming release, this new single, “Step Into The Light”, is this connected to the track before it and was inspired by the pre-chorus keyboard part. Guitarist Zac Garren explains, “We added new guitar parts and drums to it so it became something different. There’s a really cool effect that’s going on with the guitars that we came across while recording, which results in this weird sort of falling/sweeping sound that you hear in the background of the song.”
“Step Into The Light” also showcases two returning guest vocalists, Kathleen Delano and Joey Lancaster (Belle Noire). The use of a layered chorus gives the track a gospel/R&B feel, which the band found to be fresh and unique to their recording process. Garren explained, “Kathleen ended up doing this incredible gospel/choir-esque hook that you hear in the second half of the song. We had her do a bunch of takes of that to make it sound real big like a choir. Then we had Joey Lancaster also layer the choir part with a bunch of male vocals, so that it sounds even more like a chorus of people singing together. This song ended up becoming this sort of r&b/gospel inspired track, so it’s pretty different than our usual sound which will be fun to see people’s reaction.”
This track is off the band’s upcoming Tragic Hero Records release, ‘Italian Ghosts’, which will be out February 17th
and is available now for pre-order
About Strawberry Girls
When an eclectic group of individuals comes together with an idea to create something fresh, the results can often be outstanding. Such is the case with the experimental rock trio Strawberry Girls. These guys from California were founded by ex-Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Zachary Garren after he crossed paths with drummer Ben Rossett and bassist Ian Jennings. Although the band has worked with guest vocalists, they have remained an instrumental three piece. The album French Ghetto includes vocal appearances by Kurt Travis (A Lot Like Birds, ex Dance Gavin Dance), Nic Newsham (Gatsby’s American Dream), Shane Smit, Kathleen Mae, and Gavin Mulkey. “Our sound was originally built from a desire to practice and play as much as possible, without being restricted by the schedules of many different band members,” says Garren. However, what originally began as an invention out of necessity, became much more than that. Strawberry Girls take a simplistic, yet sometimes technical approach to songwriting by mending parts together that get stuck in your head and compel you to listen to them over and over again.
Strawberry Girls have gone back into the studio to record their new album “American Graffiti” and are excited for fans to hear the new songs. “We can’t wait for everyone to hear American Graffiti, an album we’ve been writing for over two years. We put a ton of work into making this our best album so far, not just musically, but sonically, too. It’s a bit different than our previous releases and we explore a lot more musical territory with this album. We care about every single note we chose to play on American Graffiti and know it shows.” Garren explained.
“American Graffiti” was released on November 13, 2015 and hit #22 on the Billboard New Artist Chart. The band has been consistantly playing shows since the release including the 10 year anniversary Dance Gavin Dance run and the sold out Chon tour.
In 2016, Strawberry Girls made their national television debut when they appeared on Last Call With Carson Daly. The feature included live footage from one of their LA shows and they will be appearing on the show again in 2017. The band also went back into the studio to work on their upcoming album.
The Strawberry Girls will release “Italian Ghosts” (previously released in 2011) on February 17, 2017. The band rerecord the original album and will also include four brand new tracks. The record features guest vocals from Nic Newsham, Kathleen Delano, B Rolla, Joey Lancaster, Mark Banks, Sarah Glass and Jenna Fournier.
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