With their new album Water, Los Angeles trio SadGirl taps into the romantic and nostalgic spirit of their native city while exuding a time-tested authenticity suggesting they've had a peek behind the curtain of the glitzy boulevards and relentless sunshine. It's a collection of breezy pop songs captured with the timbre of old-time recording techniques. Songs like "Little Queenie" touch upon the yesteryear reverberations and longing of a Ken Boothe ballad. Similarly, a tormented love song like "Miss Me" transports the listener back to slow dances at a previous generation's sock hop, only to be subverted by a chorus of "miss me with that bullshit." It's as if guitarist/vocalist Misha Lindes, drummer David Ruiz, and bassist Dakota Peterson want to conjure an idealized past only to remind us of innocence lost.
On their new 7" for Suicide Squeeze Records, SadGirl not only harnesses a golden oldies sound with "Breakfast for 2", they touch upon its traditions as well. "It's a follow up to one of the first tracks I wrote for the project, 'Breakfast Is Over'. It's meant to be a sequel in line with rock n' roll and oldies tunes like 'It's My Party' and 'Judy's Turn To Cry', or 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Bye Bye Johnny'," says guitarist/vocalist Misha Lindes. The flipside features a cover of the surf classic "Jack the Ripper" by Link Wray. "I’m a big fan," says Lindes, "but I’m also a huge fan of the late Israeli neo-rockabilly / surf guitarist Charlie Megira, who passed away in November 2016, and Charlie has an amazing version of 'Jack the Ripper'," says Lindes. "So our version is really an homage to Charlie as much as it is to Link Wray."