Grass Widow – “Shadow” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last year Grass Widow released a self-titled LP via Make-A-Mess and a 12″ on Captured Tracks. In August, expect a new full length Past Time out on Kill Rock Stars, the perfect label for the San Francisco trio. It feels like a historical continuum: You can easily imagine them sharing a stage with Kleenex/LiLiPUT or, later, a ’90s Riot Grrl/otherwise NW DIY group. That’s the truth, but it only takes you so far: Strings introduce longer psychedelic passages (there’s a density to the instrumentation), the three-part harmonizing has a pastoral feel, they talk time again about loving the Kinks, etc. The vibe’s different, but like Past Time’s title suggests, you’re going to occasionally feel a tug and mentally trek to the Pacific Northwest of everyone’s youth. Take a listen to “Shadow.”

Grass Widow – “Shadow”

01 “Uncertain Memory”
02 “Shadow”
03 “11 of Diamonds”
04 “Give Me Shapes”
05 “Old Disguise”
06 “Fried Egg”
07 “Landscape”
08 “Submarine”
09 “Strangers Come”
10 “Tuesday”

Past Time is out 8/24 via Kill Rock Stars. In a statement, the band talk about the aforementioned Riot Grrl thing:

We want to thrive in our scene as musicians, with a focus on our musicianship first, not our gender. Our goal is to normalize the role of gender in our craft and have an avenue to express our intelligence and our love of music. We acknowledge that movements of the past created by or affecting women in the art and music worlds are hugely influential, but there is potential for the original sentiments to lose potency if the meaning is misinterpreted or not redesigned for a modern context. Even the riot grrl movement is kind of antiquated. You never really hear people talk about that ‘new riot grrl’ band. We owe a great deal to that lineage but it’s time for something new. We want to be portrayed as the responsible, thoughtful people that we are.

Catch them live:

06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill #
07/28 – Providence, RI @ AS220 !!
07/29 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bears %
07/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park $

# w/ Ty Segall, Sonny and the Sunsets, Baths
!! w/ The Avengers, Hot Box
% w/ The Avengers, Pleasure Kills
$ w/ Sonic Youth, Talk Normal

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