Long Beach-based Wargirl have shared the video for their song ”How You Feel” off their upcoming self-titled debut album and it’s a quick staple for the band’s multi-cultural garage-rock style. Formed by Cold War Kids guitarist Matt Wignall and producer of hit songs like ”Hospital Beds, ” Wargirl is made-up of lead singer Samantha Park, bassist Tamara Raye, keyboardist Enya Preston, and percussionists Eric Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri. Mixing everything from afrobeat, Latin-tinted guitar offerings, and a healthy dose of funk, ”How You Feel” slips and leaps in an eclectic batch of grooves. And the video takes all those intersecting feelings and dips them into the color-blocked silhouettes and streaks of color of a 70s stylized nature.
“Our thinking is completely without borders,” Wignall states. The role model is records like The Clash’s album “Sandinista!”: The real legacy of punk is not the image and slogans but the certainty that you can play whatever you want.“No matter whether you see us or hear us, we always come across as a diverse bunch: ethnically as well as in terms of gender and preferences. However, whilst this may be considered colourful elsewhere, in Long Beach it is totally normal,” Matt Wignall points out. “Nobody else sounds like us, and yet we sound like the environment we come from.” WARGIRL is thus also an appeal for diversity and openness, for identity within heterogeneity. It is therefore an album the world today sorely needs. Because diverse doesn’t just look better – it also sounds better.
Wargirl’s self-titled debut album is out April 19 via Clouds Hill, pre-order it here. The band will also be playing an album release show on April 20 in Los Angeles at House of Machines. Visit their website and Facebook to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.