Goat Girl headline the second night of In the Round this evening with support from PVA and Flâneuse. We caught up with the band’s Holly Hole before they perform tonight.
How did Goat Girl start out? What inspired the name of your band?
Lottie, Ellie and Naima started making music together as teenagers and Rosy joined when they needed a drummer a few years later. I (Holly) joined in 2018 when Naima left and the rest is history. I believe the name was Naima’s Dad’s suggestion initially, but it’s not hugely significant of anything.
What inspires your music?
Lots of things. Sonically it’s a combination of all our different and shared musical (and even non-musical) preferences. Lyrically it’s often about our personal experiences and trying to make sense of the world.
Tell us about your second album ‘On All Fours’ released last year.
Where to start? The album was written from the ground up in 2019 and was an entirely collaborative process, which saw us experimenting with new sounds and instruments, often switching around to write parts. We recorded it with Dan Carey and Alexis Smith, who helped us fuse together the raw and electronic elements and encouraged us to push the boundaries sonically. It was a hugely challenging and rewarding process and we’re very proud of it.
Previously you have joined with environmental charity Clientearth in creating Playlists For Earth – tell us about it. Any other social themes/issues you would like to address through your music?
We were approached to create a playlist where the song titles created a message about climate change. It seemed like a fun and interesting way to show our support, so we were happy to be involved. We are a relatively active group of leftists so it’s not unusual for social and political issues to make their way into our music. It’s not necessarily a conscious thing, it’s more about how we’re feeling and/or what we’re concerned about at the time of writing.
What will you be performing at the In the Round festival? Are you looking forward to watching PVA and Flaneuse who are supporting?
Mostly songs from On All Fours, with some special surprises thrown in. PVA are always so fun to watch and we’re excited to check out Flâneuse.
Goat Girl headline the second night of In the Round Tuesday 18th Jan, with support from PVA and Flâneuse. Last tickets here: https://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2022/in-the-round-festival-2022
Second album ‘On All Fours’ is out now on Rough Trade Records.
In the Round Festival, 15th – 24th January 2022
The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8EH More info and tickets from roundhouse.org.uk
15th January 2022 – Hak Baker presents Bricks in the Wall with Connie Constance, Rachel Chinouriri, Bel Cobain and Kai Kwasi
18th January 2022 – Goat Girl, with support from PVA and Flâneuse
19th January 2022 – Emeli Sandé + support
20th January 2022 – Richard Dawson, with support from Luca Manning
22nd January 2022, 6.30pm – ‘The Birth of Punjabi Garage’ screening, plus q&a with Yung Singh
22nd January 2022 – The Kingdom Choir + support
24th January 2022 – Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal, with support from Abel Selaocoe