Photo: Holly Whitaker

Goat Girl deliver the personal “words fell out” from the depths of desperation

Goat Girl are releasing their new album Below The Waste this Friday, 7 June, and have shared one final new single from it called “words fell out”. The song was written by inger/guitarist Lottie Pendlebury as an attempt to reach out to drummer Rosy Jones as they struggled with addiction.

Lottie says: “The song is about the helplessness felt amongst our friends as we attempted to nurture Rosy, a time that felt really hard to find words for. I wrote it to sort through the emotions that are pushed aside in the midst of dealing with a crisis. The opening line ‘I only want the best for you’ is the central theme, not only of the song but also our friendship.”

“words fell out” is composed with a stoic beauty, plucked guitars, arpeggiating synth, plodding bass and steady percussion setting the perfect canvas for Lottie’s honest and heartbreaking confession of helplessness. As the band’s harmonies grow more pronounced, you feel the combined struggle – but also the strength they have in each other to pull through for their beloved friend. Lottie may have felt like there were no words to properly express the despair of the situation, but Goat Girl in combination have created a true paean to the power of love and collective healing.

The video for “words fell out” is suitably stunning and affecting, an intimate portrait of the band in black and white created by Lottie’s sister, Molly Ann Pendlebury and choreographed by her mother, Lauren Potter.

Watch the clip below or find the song on streamers.

Goat Girl’s new album Below The Waste is out on Friday, 7 June via Rough Trade (pre-order/save). You can follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

They also have these live dates ahead, including a series of UK in-stores over the next week:

June 7 – Kingston – Banquet
June 8 – London – Rough Trade East
June 9 – Nottingham – Rough Trade Nottingham + Bear Tree Records
June 10 – Leeds – Crash Records
June 11 – Bristol – Rough Trade – The Fleece
June 12 – Brighton – Resident Records – Chalk

June 15 – Spain – Andoain, Andoaingo Rock Jaialdia

June 28 – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Boiler Shop
June 29 – Glasgow – Queens Park – Big City Festival

August 17 – Germany – Hamburg – MS Dockville
August 23 – Ravenglass, Cumbria – Krankenhaus Festival
August 29 – Switzerland – La Tour de Peilz – Nox Orae Festival
August 31 – Manchester – Manchester Psych Fest


Oct 8 – France Paris Point Ephémère
Oct 9  – Belgium Brussels AB Club
Oct 10 – Luxembourg City Rotondes
Oct 11 – Germany Nürnberg Pop Festival
Oct 12 – Germany Cologne MTC
Oct 13 – Germany Berlin Privatclub
Oct 14 – Netherlands Utrecht Ekko


Nov 21 – Leeds Irish Centre
Nov 22 – Edinburgh La Belle Angele
Nov 23 – Birmingham the Castle & Falcon
Nov 27 – Southampton Papillon
Nov 28 – Heaven, London