Material Girls (on the Rooftop) - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Not much information exists about recently-formed Atlanta band Material Girls, and the group likes it that way. The six-piece outfit featuring members of Slang, Concord America and Chief Scout debuted in late 2016 with just 33 copies of a lathe cut 7-inch record, sharing only one song online via a conspicuously sparse Soundcloud channel. The first single, “Drained,” tantalized with spooky sleigh bells, jangly piano, braying horns, and deep, moody vocals reminiscent of Ariel Pink and Leonard Cohen. It was a promising track, and for listeners left wanting more, there was almost nothing to be found.
Today Material Girls tease the internet a bit more, releasing the B-side of the record with CL’s premiere of “Tightrope.”
Though the dark vocals and signature trumpets and saxophones remain, the song reveals a jauntier and more sardonic tone. The energetic bass and spoken-word lyrics (“I ask for advice / I fuck it up twice”) evoke influences ranging from the Talking Heads to Ought. The band members spoke with CL via email about the B-side, social media ennui, the allure of the unknown, and what’s in store for Material Girls’ future.
High Waisted - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Formed in the spring of 2014, High Waisted is a NYC surf rock band with pop sensibilities and an affliction for rock and roll. Lo-fi fuzzy bass, reverb drenched guitars and radiant harmonies mesh to create the melodies of your wave-crashed daydreams. Fronted by Jessica Louise Dye, and backed by three long haired hunks, her quirky 60's garage rock aesthetic is re-imagined from the nose of a surfboard making High Waisted feel like a summer's dream. Their debut album, recorded at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY, with renowned producer Bryan Pugh, released this past spring. Having continuously sold out NYC venues, the group is known for organizing and promoting their own shows in unexpected locations such as yachts, warehouses and rooftops. Every show High Waisted plays becomes the ultimate party.