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ARTIST
TITLE
Arbolita EP
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
CLOUDS 114EP CLOUDS 114EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/29/2018

12" version. Long Beach, Southern California. Whilst nearby Los Angeles is where dreams are shattered, in Long Beach, people are getting on with their lives. Matt Wignall has been living there for years, runs a studio, seeks out old equipment to repair and prides himself in making it sound better than it ever did before. He produces bands such as Cold War Kids. With them, Wignall has recorded tracks such as "Hang Me Out to Dry" and "Hospital Beds" with a sound that is to die for. So the interesting question is: Why does a musician who has such an understanding of sound and such awesome equipment not have his own band? Now he has got one: Wargirl. "I knew I was capable of recording and writing good music. But the idea of being in some band where there's four guys playing and one of them singing lead just seemed incredibly boring to me," Wignall says. He likes listening to Santana's early records, Afrobeat recordings by Fela Kuti, the psychedelic masterpiece Forever Changes by Love (1967), the '70s psych funk masters War (who happen to also be from Long Beach!), as well as reggae, disco, garage rock, and post-punk. "One day the thought occurred to me that really what I should do was to get to know people and set up a band with them that would combine all of these aspects." So he went out, into town, down to the beach and realized: Actually, I already know all of these people, I just need to ask them. Looking at the band one immediately notices that the make-up of this band also makes a socio-political statement. There are three women and three men, each with colorful biographies, and they are playing music that is from all over the world, yet could only have been invented in California. Wargirl knows that the situation elsewhere in the US is totally different. "That's why we want to take a stand, want to show: There are still people who are different, who are open and not interested in commerce. We're still here!" Wargirl's music doesn't carry clear messages. "First and foremost, the songs should be fun and make you dance," Wignall says. But there is another layer hiding behind this. "It's like The Clash. They could be consumed as a party band-- but also as a source of information for revolutionary thoughts."