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There’s something innately depressing about witnessing people a fraction of your age living the musician’s dream, improving at a stupendous pace and transcending initial promise at a rate of knots. Set your jealousy aside, however, and it can also prove genuinely thrilling; and right now no North East act embodies this sensation quite like Roxy Girls.

The most exciting outfit to emerge from Sunderland in many a year, the quartet – Tom (guitar/vocals, 19), Matty (guitar, 19), Aidan (drums, 21) and Isaac (guitar/vocals, 24) – have spent the past two years delighting listeners across the region and beyond with their taut, angular post-punk, all while progressing at a rate that’s bordering on the absurd. Is the latter something of which they’re conscious? “Only by virtue of people pointing it out quite a lot,” says Tom, in typically nonchalant fashion. “We’ve only had six practices this year, but I think we’ve done 30 gigs or something – they’re our practices really. A lot of the time we just play faster!”

Heading into Field Music man David Brewis’s Sunderland studio, the group sought to bottle this lightning on new mini-album A Poverty of Attention; a youthful, effervescent release whose seven hook-stacked spurts barely break the 15 minute mark. “Capturing our live sound was the main thing we were trying to achieve,” Tom confirms.

We formed Roxy Girls as a by-product of our own boredom. There isn’t a great deal to do in Sunderland when you’re not old enough to go to the pub

“Obviously there are overdubs and other bits and bobs here and there, but I’d like to think it does to a degree capture what we sound like in a 100-capacity room.” As for their penchant for brevity, the singer’s explanation is unerringly simple: “I think it’s just a reflection of who we are…we’re quite erratic people. As the title suggests, we’ve got really short attention spans!”

Significantly, the release also marks their debut for esteemed indie imprint Moshi Moshi – home to the likes of Girl Ray, Teleman and The Wave Pictures, among others. “We did a session for Marc Riley in February, and Steven from Moshi Moshi heard us on the radio while cooking his tea.” Tom reveals. “He’d never heard of us before, but he messaged us on Facebook saying ‘if you’re old fashioned enough to want to put a record out…’ Moshi are a cool label, so we didn’t put a great deal of thought into it – it was more like ‘shit! Moshi Moshi want to put our record! Obviously let’s work with them!’

“We have about 20 songs that nobody’s heard ready to go live,” he continues, as our focus switches to future plans. “We are writing some longer songs. The plan is to explore that in a new EP that’ll hopefully be out by the end of the year, then we’ll do an album next year. We’ve always liked the idea of being as prolific as possible. I hate it when bands don’t put anything out for three years – you risk people losing interest. We formed Roxy Girls as a by-product of our own boredom,” Tom reflects. “There isn’t a great deal to do in Sunderland when you’re not old enough to go to the pub…Luckily I ran into Aidan in the basement of Pop Recs, and I don’t think I’ve ever really been bored since.”

Roxy Girls’ mini-album A Poverty of Attention is released on Friday 6th September via Moshi Moshi



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