Our Debut Album Let's Not Be Friends is Coming April 18, 2014!
The Girls! are a midwest power pop band influenced by Paul Collins, Blondie, The Exploding Hearts, and 60s girl groups. We write melodic songs about ex-boyfriends and drinking. We like hanging out at Ryan's house where we drink cheap beer, prevent Ryan's cats from escaping, sit on the couch, drink whiskey, play 80s metal riffs, take smoke breaks, and also sometimes actually practice.
The Girls! are a 6-piece power pop band from Columbus, Ohio, formed in 2011, notable for mixing melodic, upbeat instrumentals with vocals characterized by tragic lyrics about love and heartbreak. They are remarkable for the strength of Jessica Wabbit's songwriting and vocals, and the band's solid arrangements/diverse musical influences.
Jessica Wabbit, Ryan Vile, Joey Blackheart, and Big Nick met each other playing the Columbus music scene in bands such as Carson Drew, Joey Blackheart and the Gallows, and The Reacharounds. In a period where no one was attached to a particular band, they ended up partying and drinking a lot of beer together at Ryan's house, and playing new songs for each other. So they started a band, and while most prior bands had more punk or metal sounds, everyone was very interested in the more poppy sound from Wabbit's history.
After messing around for a while with the original lineup and writing songs, Ryan brought in his old Reacharounds bandmate Bent to play bass. Raeghan from Dead Girlfriends and Savage Pinkos filled in on drums one day, and then hung out and partied until the group added her. The band released their first 7" single "Rodney" on Oct 5, 2012, and their debut full-length album "Let's Not Be Friends" is due out April 18, 2014.
Jessica Wabbit: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Joey Blackheart: Lead Guitar
Raeghan Savage: Percussion
Ryan Vile: Keyboard
Big Nick: Drums
*Everybody but Bent sings backups
Vug Arakas: Lead Guitar
Mark Parsons: Bass
March 17, 2014 @ Summit (St. Patrick's Day Show w/ M.O.T.O.)
March 28, 2014 @ Strongwater (Benefit for Derek)
April 18, 2014 @ Ace of Cups ('Let's Not Be Friends' Record Release Show! w/ TBA)
April 19, 2014 @ Ace of Cups (Columbus Blood)
Brad Keefe's Independents’ Day picks
September 19, 2013
Local Music Week: The Girls!, Briana Henry
June 28, 2013
Bands to Watch 2013: The Girls!, Chris DeVille
January 24, 2013
Sensory Overload: The Girls!, Chris DeVille
December 20, 2012
Reliving the decade of sideways ponytails
December 13, 2012
Local Limelight: The Girls!, Kevin Joy
July 19, 2012
Comfest's Off Ramp has an 'on' year, Rick Allen
June 28, 2012