U.S. Girls

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U.S. Girls
Birth name Meghan Remy
Genres Experimental pop[1]
Years active 2007-present
Labels Siltbreeze, FatCat Records, 4AD
Associated acts Slim Twig
Website yousgirls.blogspot.com

U.S. Girls is an experimental pop project formed in 2007, consisting solely of American-Canadian musician and record producer Meghan Remy.[2] She had released music on a variety of independent record labels before signing to 4AD in 2015.[3]

Half Free, her first record for 4AD, was released the same year.[4] It garnered a Juno Award nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2016,[5] and was a shortlisted finalist for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.[6]

Remy collaborates with a number of Toronto-based musicians on both songwriting and music production.[7][8]

Background[edit]

Remy grew up in Illinois and attended a Catholic high school. She was raised mostly by her mother. She was in her first punk band as a teenager. She cites Riot grrrl and Crass as some of her early influences.[9]

She attended an art college in Oregon, concentrating on paper arts and graphic design.[10]

The name "U.S. Girls" originated from a casual conversation she was having with a friend talking about a European band that was coming into town to play. She joked, "Wait 'til they get a look at these U.S. girls!" and the phrase eventually stuck.[11]

Early Career[edit]

Remy began making music in the mid-2000s, playing in bands in Chicago and Portland. In 2008 she started recording solo at home.[12] In 2018, Remy's sixth studio album, In a Poem Unlimited, was released on 4AD.[13]

Personal Life[edit]

Remy later moved the band to Toronto from Chicago in 2010 after marrying Canadian musician Max "Slim Twig" Turnbull.[14] Alongside Turnbull, she operates record label Calico. Corp. She is a permanent resident of Canada.

Discography[edit]

  • Gravel Days (2008)
  • Introducing... (2008)
  • Go Grey (2010)
  • U.S. Girls on KRAAK (2011)
  • Early Works (2011)
  • Gem (2012)
  • Free Advice Column EP (2013)
  • Half Free (2015)
  • In a Poem Unlimited (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (October 2, 2015). "U.S. Girls: Half Free". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy Is an American Badass Living in Canada". Noisey, September 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "New band of the Week: U.S. Girls". The Guardian, April 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "U.S. Girls: Soaking It All In". Under the Radar, February 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Junos 2016: Complete list of Juno Award nominees". CBC News, February 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Brophy, Aaron (14 July 2016). "2016 Polaris Music Short List Is Here". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Hua, Hsu. "U.S. Girls' Collection of Characters". The New Yorker. The New Yorker. 
  8. ^ Berman, Stuart. "Welcome to the U.S. Girls Universe". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 
  9. ^ O'Connell, Sharon (2015-10-19). "US Girls: 'I like to do the opposite of everything that is making money'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Artist Profile: U.S. Girls". AdHoc.fm. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Losing the Little Labels | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Losing the Little Labels | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Girls: Announce New Album & Video For 'Velvet 4 Sale'." 
  14. ^ "U.S. Girls: focusing on the darkness in many women's lives". Now, December 9, 2015.