Interview conducted by: Makenzie Creden
A/V Recorded & Edited by: Erik Anderson
Cover photo by: Roger Ho
“The people we surround ourselves with are very inspiring to us.”Gigi Reece of Horsegirl
In the middle of an expansive North American tour, Horsegirl found themselves playing Lollapalooza. The Chicago-based band, made up of Nora Cheng, Penelope Lowenstein, and Gigi Reece, finally put out their debut full-length album earlier this summer after a series of incredibly catchy noise rock singles over the past year. Versions of Modern Performance, reminiscent of a shoegaze-y Sonic Youth, takes listeners on a journey through fuzzy walls of sound and calm indie vocals.
The band is undoubtedly influenced by classic indie greats: Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, The Clean, and The Breeders among others. However, the band makes it very clear that they bring something new to the table. They bring a youth-oriented sound and subject matter inspired by nonother than their local music community.
“We have all of these idols, but then I also think that all of our friends around us make such awesome music,” Reece explained. “Going to shows that our friends are playing is the biggest thing that inspires us… The people we surround ourselves with are very inspiring to us.”
We had the opportunity to sit down with Horsegirl after their set at Lollapalooza this weekend. We chatted about working with their idols, the DIY community, their new album, and an alleged pizza controversy.