Band of the Day

2013.07.01

TV Girl

A Californian duo re-appropriates pop history with their love of classic girl group sounds
Well I’ve been sitting on this couch, feeling kind of bored and uninspired, writing thinly veiled fiction for the soul, and feeling like a liar.
lyrics from Laura

TV Girl is Trung Ngo (guitar/keys/vocals) and Brad Petering (vocals), friends who spent many Southern California summers together absorbing pop music and forming a succession of bands that tried to sound like the Beatles.

They formed TV Girl in 2010 with the intention of merging the duo’s love of girl-group pop with a budding interest in hip-hop. At the time, Ngo was working at a marketing firm and Petering was a student at UC Davis. They released a self-titled EP in September 2010 which was immediately given a high profile boost when their song “If You Want It” was featured on taste-making blog Pitchfork.

The EP subsequently spread throughout the blogosphere and was written about by big name publications like The Guardian, The Atlantic, and NPR, who praised the group’s knack for re-appropriating pop history through knowing lyrical allusions and carefully chosen samples.

After another well-received EP, 2011’s Benny and the Jetts, they released the “Girls Like Me” / “Sarah (Meet Me in the Sauna)” seven-inch on Small Plates Records, with a limited edition (150 copies) yellow wax vinyl. This was followed by the release of a full length mixtape with the help of hip-hop Label Greedhead, run by Himanshu Suri of Das Racist.

2013 promises a new EP and an as of yet untitled debut LP from the group.