San Francisco indie-rock outfit Girls are only than two months removed from the release of their third LP Father, Son, Holy Ghost. However, on December 6th, they’ll return with a brand new single, titled “Lawerence”. As frontman Christopher Owens explains in a lengthy letter (which you can read in full below), the song was “written and recorded as a gift” to Lawrence, the influential frontman of UK outfits Felt, Denim, and Go Kart Mozart.
The single will be released digitially and on a limited edition, hearth-shaped red vinyl via True Panther Sounds. Pre-orders are now ongoing here.
In addition to the new single, Girls have also announced a trio of U.S. dates for Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California in December, and New York City in January. According to an issued press release, these shows will mark the band’s largest performances to date. Check out their complete upcoming itinerary underneath Owens’ letter.
I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they’ll be looking for. Don’t worry, I’m not writing to talk about the things I’m looking for in life, I’ll spare you that. I’m writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn’t stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.
To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn’t dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I’m thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.
Anyway, I’d just like you to have it, it’s yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.
With love – Christopher Owens
Girls 2011-2012 Tour Dates:
11/08 – Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
11/09 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/10 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz *
11/11 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
11/12 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
11/13 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
11/15 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ OT301
11/17 – Cologne, DE @ Werkstatt
11/18 – Strasbourg, FR @ Laiterie Club
11/19 – Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
11/21 – Vienna, AT @ Wuk
11/22 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
11/23 – Milan, IT @ Plastic
11/24 – Hyeres, FR @ Midi Festival
11/25 – Barcelona, ES @ Casino de l’Alianca
11/26 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre
11/27 – Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava
11/29 – Lisbon, PT @ Lux Club
11/30 – Porto, PT @ Casa de Musica
12/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
12/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
01/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
* = w/ Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks