Stockholm indie/pop four-piece – GIRL SCOUT – have released new single “Bruises”.
Taken from their ingeniously-titled ‘Granny Music’, the second EP by Girl Scout (released on 29th September), this sumptuous new single precedes it.
Recalling the tenderest moments of Alvvays, boygenius, or Soccer Mommy, upcoming single “Bruises” is a spectral, brittle indie-rock ballad to rival the best. Showcasing lead singer Emma Jansson’s vocal spectrum hitting new heartbreaker heights, it’s a song that offers winsome reflection beyond their years on those feelings of getting older and seeing those closest to you in a whole new light. As guitarist Viktor Spasov explains of the track:
“‘Bruises’ is a song about reaching a certain age where you realize that the grown ups and people around you aren’t really grown ups but just kids stuck in older bodies. It’s a song about trying to understand and forgive the wrongdoings or faults that people close to you may have and, in some ways, the whole track is a reminder for myself to try and choose love and patience instead of anger and irritation”.
The new track also arrives alongside a stellar live performance video directed by James Slater and filmed at RAK Studios in London.
“Bruises” is the latest track to be lifted from the band’s hotly anticipated second EP ‘Granny Music’ and follows recent singles “Boy In Blue” and “Monster”, both of which will also feature.
A collection that sees the Swedes honing their craft and breaking new ground both sonically and lyrically, the band say of ‘Granny Music’:
“There’s some heartland sounding stuff going on, and there’s a power-ballad, and then of course we have a couple rockers in there, too. We wanted to explore some new ground without abandoning the foundation we built with the first EP.”
Moving away from the nostalgic yearning and anxiousness that defined their debut, this time Girl Scout have found inspiration in the nuances of childhood memories, family dynamics and romantic relationships, with the band opening-up on more personal stories across its five tracks. “The dynamic spectrum of Granny Music is wider; there are both softer and heavier songs on this EP” they add.
Like its predecessor, the ‘Real Life Human Garbage’ EP, ‘Granny Music’ was produced by Ali Chant, with both set to be released as a special split vinyl together on 29th September (via made records).
Plotting a series of UK tour dates this Autumn, Girl Scout will also be jumping on the Coach Party bandwagon, with the two bands embarking on a 13 date stretch together between 26th September – 13th October. An additional stop at London’s Rough Trade East, will see Girl Scout launching their brand new EP: ‘Granny Music’ en-route. Details for all dates can be found below – with tickets on sale now.
Catch Girl Scout touring the release at these UK venues as follows:
GIRL SCOUT – UK DATES
26 Sept Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK**
27 Sept The Cluny, Newcastle, UK**
28 Sept The Caves, Edinburgh, UK**
29 Sept Stereo, Glasgow, UK**
30 Sept Gorilla, Manchester, UK**
2 Oct Rough Trade East In-Store, London, UK
4 Oct Castle & Falcon, Birmingham, UK**
5 Oct Thekla, Bristol, UK**
6 Oct The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK**
7 Oct Hangar 34, Liverpool, UK**
8 Oct The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK**
11 Oct Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK**
12 Oct Scala, London, UK**
13 Oct Patterns, Brighton, UK**
** with Coach Party
It’s damn near impossible to start a band these days, and it’s even more impossible to actually make great music once you do. Swedish four-piece Girl Scout are a band quite happy to defy the odds. Throwing down the gauntlet with a rave received debut EP last year, ‘Real Life Human Garbage’, the band has earned comparisons to everyone from The Breeders to Snail Mail, all while embellishing a sonic finesse that, often, outstretches those names in technicolor 4K. NME, DORK, Under The Radar and more tipped them as ones to watch 2023, others augur them with the same shooting star career as Wet Leg. Features in Clash, The Times, The Guardian, Gaffa, Atwood, Billboard, and too many more to name them all here sang the band’s paean as one of the most innovative and energetic newcomers around. Their songs have aired on radio stations all over the world, from BBC 1 to 6 Music, P3, Amazing Radio, Triple J, Double J, FluxFM, Puls, egoFM and a lot more.
Girl Scout continue to weave the tapestry of a sound that has already become so big and unbelievable, pulling patient pleasures from eras they didn’t even exist in but have strong, reverberating reverence for. Their second EP ‘Granny Music’ arrives 29th September.