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Girl and Girl share new single ‘Oh Boy!’ with video, from debut album, Call A Doctor, out May 24th on Sub Pop







“The band’s circuitous riffs feel reminiscent of early Car Seat Headrest – the type of material that could mint a future cult classic.” – NME

Like a warped mix of Talking Heads, Rolling Blackouts and bits of post-punk but led by a man with a mullet and one of their aunts plays drums in the band.” – BBC 6 Music, Steve Lamacq 

“Emotional mayhem that’s relatable, and very catchy.” – Rolling Stone

On May 24th, Australian group Girl and Girl will release their vibrant debut full-length, Call A Doctor via Sub Pop. Following recent singles ‘Hello‘ and ‘Mother‘ comes the latest official single and video ‘Oh Boy!‘.Girl and Girl frontperson Kai James shares: “I’d had Oh Boy! half written for a few years before we got round to recording it. I really loved the first half and had kind of psyched myself out of finishing it. When it was finally demoed early last year, this big sort of chaotic, sprawling word vomit poured out of me that seemed to tie the whole thing up nicely, it’s brimming with joy and misery and sarcasm, all things girl and girl.”Tayla Lauren directed the video. Click HERE to watch.Girl and Girl will embark on a 20-date North American run opening for fellow Aussie band Royel Otis on April 23d at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St Paul, MN, with additional appearances at Eurokennees in France and End of the Road in the UK in July and August. These shows are not to be missed. If you need some proof, you can watch some reels that fans have posted here. See further below for a complete list of shows.Call A Doctor is an unforgettable first bow from Girl and Girl, an audacious and aggressively tuneful blast of a record from this Australian four-piece garage rock outfit. The band is comprised of frontperson Kai James (singer, guitarist) and his Aunty Liss (drums), along with longtime friends Jayden Williams(guitar) and Fraser Bell (bass). Call A Doctor was recorded at Sundowner Sound in Melbourne, a two-story industrial complex where the band ate, slept, and made music in marathon sessions for two weeks straight with producer Burke Reid (Courtney BarnettJulia Jacklin).

Call A Doctor is available to preorder now on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from, select independent retailers (US), select independent retail stores (EU/UK) & Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) will receive the Loser Edition on White vinyl. All coloured vinyl versions are available while stock lasts.
Call a Doctor Loser EditionMore about Girl and Girl’s Call A Doctor
In one sense, it’s easy for artists—songwriters, specifically—to express their feelings in their work. After all, that’s what the lyrics are for! But it’s much harder to convey emotional energy in how you play, slash at the guitar, and the structure of the music itself. That’s precisely why Girl and Girl’s Sub Pop debut, Call A Doctor, feels like such a vital, electrifying shock to the senses. Not since the early work of Car Seat Headrest or Conor Oberst’s widescreen emotional brutality as Bright Eyes has indie rock managed to come across as this intimate and grandiose, as the Australian quartet led by Kai James lay a lifetime’s worth of woes—mental health, the human race’s planned obsolescence if you’ve been living on this cursed rock you know what we’re getting at—across a canvas of indie rock that feels both timeless and in-the-moment.
An audacious and aggressively tuneful blast of a record, Call A Doctor is an unforgettable first bow from Girl and Girl, whose origins lie in James and guitarist Jayden Williams jamming in his mother’s garage in the afternoon after school. One afternoon, James’ Aunty Liss headed down to their practice space after walking her dog and asked if she could sit in on drums. “It sounded really great,” James recalls. “We begged her to stay, and she said, ‘I’ll stay until you find another drummer.’ We wore her down, and she eventually became a permanent member.”
After bassist Fraser Bell joined to round things out, Girl and Girl hit the road and began to make a name for themselves beyond the Australian bush, eventually signing to Sub Pop off the strength of word of mouth. Call A Doctor came together quickly soon after, largely recorded in marathon sessions in a two-story industrial complex over the course of two weeks. “That added to the intensity of the album,” James says about the frenzied creative process overseen by producer Burke Reid. “I can hear the stress in the record, which is good because that’s what it’s about—being tense, tied up, and in your own head.”
Call A Doctor’s eleven songs—spanning sweeping guitar epics and wry acoustic shuffles to spiky punk maneuvers and the type of raw, adoringly unvarnished indie-pop associated with legendary PacNW label K Records—are literally plucked from James’ personal history, as he reworked older recordings with newer lyrics reflecting his past struggles as well as new anxieties that emerged prior to the album’s recording. “I’ve struggled with mental health for a lot of my life,” he explains, “and I went through a particularly difficult patch when we were making the album; the band had started to get some attention, and I felt an enormous amount of pressure to live up to it.”
Far from the sound of collapsing under pressure, Call A Doctor finds James and Co. stepping up with their entire collective chest. This is a record that’s so out-and-out alive that you nearly feel like you’re in the same room with Girl and Girl as you listen to it; lead single ‘Hello’ practically bursts through the speakers, amplified by Aunty Liss’ unbelievable stickhandling duties.
‘Mother’ pogos on a spiky groove that’s reminiscent of the geographically close New Zealanders who make up the legendary Flying Nun label, while ‘Oh Boy’ draws from the Shins’ own jangly sound, injected with James’ wonderfully nervy vocals. Then there’s Call a Doctor’s sorta-centerpiece ‘Maple Jean and the Anthropocene’, a five-minute epic offering a new perspective on climate change and the notion of what it means, in a personal sense, to suffer: “I live in the bushland, and I was driving home one night and hit and killed a wallaby with my car,” James recalls while discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration. “My first thought was, ‘What is the universe trying to tell me?’ No remorse, no guilt, just total self-centeredness. Which was like, Woah, you fucking psychopath! This wallaby wasn’t put on this earth to send you a message. That’s what the song is about, our egocentric species – thinking you’re the main character and that everything that happens is somehow about you.”
“This record is about an individual who’s too far in their head, trying to get out,” James continues while discussing Call A Doctor’s overall outlook—specifically the snapshot it offers of its creator. But even though this record deals with uneasy topics we all know well from within ourselves, it’s important to emphasise how teeming with life Girl and Girl’s music is. There’s a brazen, bold sense of humour to this stuff, an undeniable brightness to the darkness that makes it impossible not to be drawn in as a listener.

Feeling down never sounded so goddamn good.

Girl and Girl – Call A Doctor // Sub Pop – 24/05/24
2. Call A Doctor
3. Hello
4. Maple Jean and the Anthropocene
5. Oh Boy!
6. Suffocate
7. Mother
8. You’ll Be Alright
9. Comfortable Friends
10. Our Love (Ours Only)

(click album art for hi-res)
Tour dates:Apr 23rd | St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall *
Apr 24th | Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall  *
Apr 26th | Toronto, ON –  Longboat Hall *
Apr 27th | Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar *
Apr 28th | Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop *
Apr 30th | New York, NY – Racket *
May 1st | New York, NY – Racket *
May 2nd | Philadelphia, PA – Theater for the Living Arts *
May 3rd | Washington, DC – The Howard *
May 4th | Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle *
May 8th | Austin, TX – The Parish *
May 9th | Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves *
May 11th | Denver, CO – The Perplexiplex at Meow Wolf *
May 15th | Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge *
May 16th | Hollywood, CA – The Fonda Theater  *
May 17th | Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music  Club *
May 18th | San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
May 20th | Portland, OR – The Aladdin Theater *
May 21st | Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
May 22nd | Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater *
Jul 5th | Cravanche, FR – Les Eurokennees
Aug 29th – Sep 1st | Dorset, UK -End Of The Road
* w/ Royel Otis



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