Where once it seemed that hanging out in N16 was the non-negotiable price for London-based guitar groups to command column inches, nowadays all the buzz is south of the river. Joining LiS-favourites Sorry (FKA Fish) and former-New Sounds subjects Shame, South London’s Goat Girl are one of a handful of new bands worthy of the hype surrounding them, even if they’re not especially interested in engaging with it.
“We never set out with any intentions of rebuilding a scene or changing culture,” they explained back in December 2016, adding, “The ONLY important thing about music is how it makes you feel.” Wittingly or not, the tight-knit, teenage indie-rockers have broken out of the thriving scene surrounding The Windmill in Brixton, to win a deal with Rough Trade, and support slots with Parquet Courts, Girl Band and The Fall.
As evidenced in their name – which was inspired by a particularly polarising Bill Hicks line – Goat Girl’s natural inclination is to provoke, be that by referencing controversial jokes or through their predilection for satirical lyrics and scuzzy, bordering on abrasive, sonic textures. On the strength of both double A-side singles so far, long may they continue having courage in their convictions.