FROM THE NEWS NEST: San Francisco’s Girls Breaks Up
Last week via three tweets, Christopher Owens announced that he was leaving Girls. Girls, comprised of frontman Christopher Owens and bassist/producer Chet “J.R.” White, have been blowing up since their inception and were truly breaking into the music scene with the release of their two highly-praised albums, an appearance on Conan last April, and being invited to play at Coachella twice. The San Francisco duo’s break up comes as a huge surprise to all their Bay Area fans and their rapidly growing worldwide fan base.
There has been no comment made by Girls’ bassist Chet “J.R” White about Owens’ departure from the band or his future musical endeavors. On the other hand, Owens did say that he would continue to make music, which can only leave fans wondering what may have caused Girls’ demise. Speculation looms around Owens’ admitted drug use and abuse as well as his past life experiences which involved him leaving the Children of God cult when he was sixteen and moving to the US. It’s interesting how the issues that create these questions in the minds of fans also spawned some of the most heartfelt, raw, and straightforward lyrics and music currently coming out of the indie rock scene. The release of last year’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost put fans in front of their stereos and wanting more. This is one band that will definitely be missed in the Bay Area as well as by fans from everywhere around the world.
Here’s the string of tweets by Owens which was also posted as a cryptic message on True Panther Sounds’ website:
This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to make. I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress. I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything.
Girls – “Lust For Life”
Girls – “Morning Light”