Chicago, Illinois’ power pop masters, EARTH GIRLS, have teamed with Bandcamp Daily to stream their debut full length, Wanderlust, a few days ahead of it’s August 12th release date. Bandcamp Daily has the album available digitally for early purchase along with track-by-track commentary from songwriter, Liz Panella. Wanderlust is available digitally now on Bandcamp with physical preorders available here. Earth Girls will be on tour with a run of full band shows and Liz Panella solo shows in mid August.
Earth Girls waste no time, packing tons of hooks, harmonies, and energy into songs that often clock in under two minutes, always leaving the listener wanting more. Fueled by Liz Panella’s impressive arrangements and candid lyrics, Wanderlust‘s blend of infectious melodies and garage punk grit packs an emotional punch. Bandcamp Daily praisedWanderlust, saying, “with hooks that are bombastic and sweet at the same time, the songs on Wanderlust take a chance on mixing twee and punk” and “this is perfect and unapologetic power pop.”
Earth Girls play power pop with an emphasis on “power.” Spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist, Liz Panella, the Chicago-based band write songs that are bursting with breezy earworms but still pack an undeniably urgent punch. This precarious and exciting balance between infectiousness and grit propels the band’s debut full length, Wanderlust.
Throughout Wanderlust, Panella effortlessly combines elements of 60s and 70s pop with more modern influences, while adding her own distinguishing touches to make songs that are as catchy as they are concise. Earth Girls’ songs are driven by hook-filled immediacy, but they aren’t without sonic and lyrical depth. The best hooks always sound effortless and Wanderlust is loaded with these deceptively catchy yet winding melodies and chord changes. Every instrument plays it’s role perfectly and tastefully; warm vocal harmonies weave around gritty guitar and inventive bass lines, all held together by airtight drumming. The album’s tight 21 minute runtime lends itself to repeat listens that reveal Panella’s attention to detail in arrangements, as well as pointed lyrics reflecting a struggle to make the most of life and its relationships.
On Wanderlust, Earth Girls have cut to the core of what makes their genre great: sharp blasts of tuneful melodies and raw guitars that always leave you wanting more. Power pop that never lacks power.
08/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe *
08/19- Minneapolis, MN @ House Show *
08/20- Iowa City, IA @ TBA *
08/21- St Louis, MO @ TBA *
08/22- Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe *
08/23- Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs w/ California X, Laika’s Orbit *
08/24- Philadelphia, PA TBA *
08/25- Washington DC @ Hamiltonian Art Gallery w/ Sem Hastro, BBC #
08/26- Lexington, KY @ Best Friend Bar *
08/27- Rockford, IL @ Quiet Space *
* Liz Panella solo
# Earth Girls full band