THE SHE’S – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…

Today it’s San Francisco punk band The She’s. They have a second LP out on Empty Cellar records brilliantly, sardonically and insouciantly called “all female rock and roll quartet”, which is self-produced with the spiritual guidance and counsel of mentor tUne-Yards’ Merrill Garbus. Inspired by Sleater-Kinney and SF compatriots Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, it also recalls Slant 6 and That Dog (who incidentally may appear below). If you like Liz Phair, Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, The Slits, Speedy Ortiz, Pixies, Crocodiles or Parquet Courts you could well enjoy The She’s…

Here’s “Heartache” from the album so you can decide yourself…

The She’s are Sami, Hannah, Eva and Sinclair, and they’ve divvied up the song choosing duties below, so here goes…

1. Sami: Judy Garland – Moon River!
Especially the video for it. Crazy performance, never seen anything like it.

2. Sami: And “The Singleman Party Foxtrot” off “The Graduate” sound track. It’s such a classy tune I want to make a whole album like that!

3. Sinclair: Good News by Julien Baker – I love this whole album, “Sprained Ankle”, but it was the first time I got really into something singer-songwriter (no drums 😉) and it challenged my idea of what space certain instruments should take up and how fullness in sound is achieved.

This song is so striking to me because it is simple and up front in an incredibly satisfying way. I tend to shy away from that clarity when recording but learned I actually really like it. On our record this translated to putting more consideration into what the parts I was adding did to the whole, and taking them out where they weren’t necessary. Sometimes when a song is really personal it’s best to give it that space.

4. Eva: Don’t Stop Believin’ In Me by Pardoner – this song has so much anxious tension and such an atmosphere to it which is so beautifully resolved by the nostalgic melody in the outro. This is one of my favorite tracks on their new record which is fantastic front to back.

5. Eva: He’s Kissing Christian by That Dog – really interesting take on a rock song with really great vocal parts. I feel like That Dog was a band who pushed boundaries with melody and structure while keeping a really strong pop sensibility and I thought about that a lot while making our record.

6. Hannah: WAYN by Plush – this song basically inspires me every day. It reminds me that songs can be drenched in feeling, even when nothing is being said. This inspired me in the new album as I play more guitar leads and tried to put feeling into that.

The Lucky 7: Band: Ashes off our new album.
We are so happy with the amount we were able to push ourselves on the new record. This song is sassy, it’s riff heavy, and we had a great time playing with production on this one!


The She’s “all female rock & roll quartet” can be pre-ordered here (out on 17th November)