Chicago trio Horsegirl haven’t exactly been shy about giving fans various avenues into the world of their forthcoming debut record, Versions of Modern Performance (out June 3rd via Matador Records).
They’ve shared “Billy”, “Anti-Glory”, and “World of Pots and Pans” as a way to whet our appetites for what’s to come. Through these songs, we’ve witnessed their ability to merge throwback alt-rock with more modern pop sensibilities, the result of which is a glimmering but still rough-hewn roar that can’t help but stick in your head for days.
For our latest peek into the album, the band now offers “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)”, a gloriously giddy slice of crunchy indie rock that manages to bounce around a rubbery melody without losing any momentum. It’s wholly subsuming and impossible to resist. The accompanying video, created by the band and assorted close friends/musicians, finds them returning to guitarist Penelope Lowenstein’s elementary school to embrace their own pop-rock oddities.
According to the band: “The three of us filmed the ‘Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)’ video over one day in Penelope’s elementary school. The video provides a small look into our Chicago youth scene—it includes members of bands like Lifeguard, Friko, Dwaal Troupe, and Post Office Winter all grouped into oddball bands with weird gimmicks. We always have the best time making our videos with our friends in spaces we feel connected to. All of our friends showed up with various assortments of clothing and props, like wooden spoons, a bowling shirt collection, and an accordion. We wanted to harness the strangeness of everything that was brought to us, and wanted to showcase all of the people and bands that mean so much to us.”