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Horsegirl Shares New Single and Video ‘Billy’ & Announces New 7″ due via Matador Records

November 17, 2021
credit: Todd Fisher

‘BILLY’ 7” OUT MARCH 11, 2022


Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of 17-19 year olds Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), present ‘Billy’, their debut single/video via Matador. Watch the video below, In conjunction, they announce a North American tour, during which they’ll make their SXSW debut and play their first show ever in many of these cities. A list of dates can be found below.

Billy” starts with this ginormous tone, gritty, angular, and deeply immersive. The scratchy guitar rhythms join the complex bass notes and crushing drum kit. When the lo-fi vocal notes and melodies emerge, this emphasis of nostalgia tears through the soundscape reflected from the raw tonality and the intimate words. Present throughout is this inspiring energy and commitment to this soundscape. Horsegirl capture their fearless energy into their forefront of their ensembles.

Having only formed in 2019, Horsegirl’s first three singles captured the ears and fans and critics worldwide, garnering early support and acclaim from BBC 6 MusicPitchfork, NME, Loud & Quiet, NPR, Stereogum, and others. Following their appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival this fall, where the trio performed for their biggest crowd yet, NYLON remarked “Horsegirl were welcome reminders of how rock music is better and more fun than its been in years.”
New single ‘Billy’ continues the band’s exciting early run and expands their already swelling wall of sound with three-part harmonies, overdriven guitars and unexpected tempo changes. Recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio and co-produced by the band and legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), ‘Billy’ marks a significant evolution for the young band. The ‘Billy’ 7” will be out March 11 with a cover of the Minutemen’s ‘History Lesson Part 2’ on the B-side (available on the 7” only) and can be pre-ordered today HERE.
There was a period of last year where the three of us spent everyday 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, who’s 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.
2022 will see much more from Horsegirl. Their US tour will take place in the midst of Cheng and Reece wrapping up their freshmen years in college in New York City and Lowenstein nearing high school graduation in Chicago.

‘Billy’ 7″
A. Billy

B. History Lesson Pt. 2 (available only on 7”) 

Horsegirl Tour Dates
Wed. March 16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW 
Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW 
Sat. March 19 – Philadelphia, PA PhilaMOCA
Sun. March 20 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Tue. March 22 – New York, NY @ Market Hotel


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