The band are due to hit the road for a series of dates in the UK including a launch party at London’s Victoria in Dalston on 18 November, plus dates with The Black Tambourines, Dignan Porch and The Spook School.
After several years playing in bands that either split up or fizzled out, fed up with being someone else’s bassist and feeling like the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing decided to strike out on her own. Naming her own band with a heavy dose of irony, she recruited Udo Westhoff (bass), Michael Boyle (drums) and Diogo Oliveira (lead guitar) to flesh out the demos she had made on her laptop, polishing the recordings to a hi-fi sheen in Bear Cave Studios in Cologne.
Dig beneath the surface of the perfect pop songs on Chorusgirl and you’ll find heavy lyrics about saying goodbye, giving up, grief, alienation and loneliness. It’s all deliberately coded though, shrouded in the metaphysical poetry that Silvi does so well. As she explains, “Most things in life are complex, so lyrics should be too. I like subversion and the non-obvious. Like the best kind of horror films.”
With their debut album Chorusgirl breathe new life into guitar pop, reinvigorating the genre with fresh hooks and sharp-edged songs full of heartache, anger and grit. No longer the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing is creating the soundtrack to her own – and perhaps her nightmares too.
13/11/15: Cambridge, the Blue Moon (w Model Village, Biscuits for Bears)
18/11/15: London, Album launch party, the Victoria – (w Wolf Girl & JUNK)
27/11/15: Sheffield, The Picture House Social (w Black Tambourines, Dignan Porch, Fruit Bomb)
28/11/15: Leeds, Wharf Chambers (w T.O.Y.S.)
01/12/15: Brighton, The Hope And Ruin (w Moss Lime)
04/12/15: Coventry, The Tin At The Coal Vaults (w The Spook School, Duck Thieves)
05/12/15: Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Cafe, (w The Spook School, Wolf Girl)
06/12/15: Glasgow, Nice’N’Sleazy (w The Spook School, Wolf Girl)
“A shimmering brand of 4AD-inspired noir pop” Drowned in Sound
“’60s pop music distilled through a bit of new wave, and perhaps a dash of The Vaselines. If that doesn’t sound good to you, you can just fuck right off.” Overblown
“Maybe it’s just me, but when I see The Cure, Breeders, Bangles and Echo and the Bunnymen all in one influence list I start to slide off my seat a bit.” Noisey
“An exotic pop delight, Chorusgirl cite standout 90s bands like Lush and The Breeders among their influences, and can happily live alongside them.” Louder Than War
“Through influences ranging from grunge to the artier end of brit-pop, Chorusgirl are a surf-inspired jangling joy, all twanging guitar and dead-eyed vocal delivery.” For The Rabbits