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Horsegirl - "Billy" + March 2022 Tour Dates





(photo: Todd Fisher)

Stream "Billy" / Pre-order 7"

Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of 17-19 year olds Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), present “Billy,” their debut single/video via their new label, Matador. In conjunction, they announce a North American tour, during which they’ll make their SXSW debut and play their first show ever in many of these cities. Having only formed in 2019, Horsegirl’s first three singles captured the ears and attention of fans and critics worldwide.



Recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio and co-produced by the band and legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), “Billy” marks a significant evolution for the young band. The “Billy” 7”, out March 25 and available for pre-order today, features a cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Part 2” on the b-side (available only on the 7”). Horsegirl discuss creating the song and video:

There was a period of last year where the three of us spent every day together writing and recording. It was during this time, when we practically lived in Penelope’s basement, that ‘Billy’ was written. Penelope had recently read about Nick Drake's alternate tunings prompting her to detune her guitar, while Nora overlaid a rhythmic vocal line detailing the life of a fictional character, Billy. At the time, we had been listening to a lot of New Zealand underground bands (80’s/90’s Flying Nun). With that scrappiness in mind, we worked the rest of the song out through improvising together, and ‘Billy’ quickly fell into place.

“‘Billy’ is our first release with a label, and it feels particularly special that it is with Matador, whom we have admired since we were young. After a year of hard work, we are very happy to finally share music, especially with those who have uplifted Horsegirl in the last year. We feel so thankful to have been able to record this song with John Agnello, whose work we adore, at Electrical Audio, a Chicago institution. Recording this song was a dream experience for us, and John has become a very trusted mentor.

“We shot the ‘Billy’ music video with our friends on a rainy Chicago day and feel particularly thankful for everyone who danced the twist with us, and those who gave us their apartment, camera equipment, film expertise, and feedback. This video is a love letter to our city and friends. The song is a love letter to past music scenes we wish we could have witnessed. Please listen to ‘Billy’ in your kitchen with a group of good friends and dance along– we can’t wait to share it with you.





Horsegirl on Tour
Wednesday, March 16 SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17 SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY

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Horsegirl - On Tour In July




Recent Matador signings Horsegirl will embark on their first US tour (ok, 4 shows) this July  - ticket links below, all dates on sale starting today (Thursday, May 27).

Wednesday, July 7 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Thursday, July 8 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Friday, July 9 X-Ray Arcade, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, July 10 Schuba’s, Chicago IL *
Sunday, September 11 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL

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