Hardly Art

LA band Girl Friday’s debut full-length Androgynous Mary will  be out worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette on Friday, August 21st. Today, they’ve shared the second single from the record, “This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For,” which follows leadoff track “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern.” The music video, crafted by the band themselves while under quarantine, features wistful, candid footage from 2019 North American tours with The Beths and Marika Hackman. Given the song’s  evocative, emotional tone, the footage is appropriately nostalgic for halcyon days when touring the country was still a realistic proposition. 

Of the song, Girl Friday say:

“The song was born out of a years and years long mental crisis in which daily life felt like being twisted around in an endless carousel spinning at 100mph. In the moments of wicked darkness and what felt like hell, real love and community was presented to us on a plate – ready to be eaten. We are extremely grateful to have received that. Sometimes, you are too stuck to see what’s in front of you. Sometimes, you don’t understand it. And sometimes, when you do take hold of it, it’s the biggest and most powerful feeling in the world. To feel held. To feel like even if you fall to the ground, someone will be there to wipe your face, to sew up the holes in your pants, to pick you up again. Now, community is the most important thing we have. We have to stand up for our neighbors, invest in them, step outside of ourselves, listen to other people’s pain, and figure out the best way we can be an accurate picture of what love means. And Do Not Forget, we need total police + prison abolition.”

Pre-orders for Androgynous Mary on translucent purple vinyl are available now. In the UK, exclusive LP versions of the record will be available on pink marbled vinyl with an obi strip and autographed photos of the band at select retailers via Dink’d.