The Girl Group Garage Revival
by Dan Weiss | October 27, 2013
At some point in the late 2000s, a wonderful thing happened to noise pop: Its purveyors discovered The Ronettes, The Shirelles and The Crystals. Bands like The Raveonettes and Dum Dum Girls might've seemed like a novelty to some, combining garage fuzz and indie rock atmospherics with classic multipart harmonies and "Be My Baby"-style songwriting. Best Coast and Vivian Girls further glued these sounds with a sunny dash of Beach Boys surf pop to offset the stoned malaise of their lyrics. Frankie Rose and the sisters of P.S. Eliot (who'd go on to form the popular Swearin' and Waxahatchee) took things even further into the garage with tunes like "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" and "Augustus," which are almost every bit as revelatory as the more well-known "Boyfriend" by Best Coast or the Buddy Holly-ish hit "Go Outside" by Cults. Even the legendary Kathleen Hanna's new synth-inspired group The Julie Ruin contains elements of classic girl-group pop that sound both futuristic and certified for a museum. With new records from Cults and Best Coast this month, this wonderful amalgam of hooks and throwback signifiers doesn't seem to be leaving anytime soon.