West Indian Girl

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West Indian Girl
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Dream pop, neo-psychedelia,[1] space rock[1]
Years active 2004–present
Labels Astralwerks
Associated acts How To Destroy Angels
Website www.westindiangirl.com
Members Robert James
Francis Ten
Nathan Van Hala
Laura Vall
Eva Zeva
Jesper Kristensen
Past members Chris Carter
Mariqueen Maandig
Mark Lewis
Amy White

West Indian Girl is a rock band from Los Angeles. The band's name comes from a type of lysergic acid (LSD) that was popular in the early 1960s. The initials are also a reference to Robert James' and Francis Ten's previous band, "WIG".


The band released their self-titled debut album in August 2004 on Astralwerks.

West Indian Girl singer and guitarist Robert James and bassist Francis Ten first met in Detroit in the early 1990s. After Ten moved to Los Angeles, the pair continued their collaboration through the mail until James followed westward. Taking their name from a strain of early street LSD, James and Ten signed with EMI's imprint Astralwerks and formed a proper band for live gigs. After the 2004 release of their self-titled debut album, West Indian Girl released a more dance-oriented remix EP in 2006. Parting company with Astralwerks after their two releases failed to ignite much notice, West Indian Girl signed with the indie label Milan Records and announced the release of their second proper album, 4th and Wall, in October 2007.

In August 2007, the band signed a recording and wireless distribution deal with digital media and entertainment company Flycell. The first single, Blue Wave, was released on September 25, 2007. The band released "4th On the Floor Remixes, Vol. 2" on January 6, 2009 on Smash Hit Music Co.

In January 2012, the band stated via their Facebook page that they were still in the studio working on their newest album. The album was projected to be finished by late 2012.


  • Robert James (guitar/vocals)
  • Francis Ten (bass)
  • Nathan Van Hala (piano/ keys)
  • Jesper Kristensen (drums)
  • Eva Zeva (vocals)

Former members
  • Chris Carter (keyboards) 2004–2005
  • Mariqueen Maandig (vocals) 2004–2009
  • Mark Lewis (drums) 2004–2009
  • Amy White (keyboards/vocals) 2007-2010
  • Laura Vall (vocals)



  1. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "West Indian Girl". Allmusic. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 

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