WITH their debut album, Water, out now on Suicide Squeeze, Los Angeles’ SadGirl are inviting you to come join them in a world of intimate, no-messin’, old-school country, like it used to be; you just need an acoustic guitar, a microphone, plenty, plenty of reverb and a way with a tune. Maybe a broken heart, a pack of cards, an understanding of swing time.
The band who call the City of Angels home, have just released the lamenting ““Goodbye Queenie”, guitar and singer sharing the one mic, a final, valedictory farewell to a queenly love: “Hello, I wanted to write you a song / But everything I write is wrong / It’s always been that way,” keens singer Misha Landes. That horrible moment when you still really want it more than anything, but you know sure as hell it ain’t gonna work out in this world. Think Patsy Cline, George Jones, and pour yourself a bourbon.
A standalone single, it digs into the fleeting nature of some things we hold dear – but also their persistence in the mind. Panning and finding a nugget of universality in country out there in the Sonora.
With SadGirl as a trio also flexing – Misha at the mic is ably supported now by returning drummer David Ruiz and the bass of new recruit Sami Perez – the song is also a goodbye to previous incarnations of the band.
“The song is the first venture in a new chapter for the group, focusing more as a personal recording project than it has been in the past,” says Misha.
“It’s without a doubt the saddest song I’ve ever written; but it’s also extremely exciting to venture into a new chapter.”
SadGirl have also announced some tour dates on and around the west coast come autumn, the dates being as follows:
Wednesday, September 22nd, San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill;
Thursday, September 23rd, Berkeley, CA, Ivy Room;
Friday, September 24th, Felton, CA, Felton Music Hall;
Saturday, September 25th, Sacramento, CA, Holy Diver;
Tuesday, September 28th, Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge;
Wednesday, September 29th, Pomona, CA, Glass House;
Thursday, September 30th, San Diego, CA, Soda Bar, and
Friday, October 1st, Los Angeles, CA, Highland Park Ebell.
Catch them if you can; and pick up that debut album, Water, which is out now digitally, on CD and on cyan and white splatter vinyl, over at Bandcamp.