All The Real Girls is the new project from Peter Donovan, an earnest songwriter from the Pacific Northwest whose hearty, Americana-tinged work led members of Built To Spill, Death Cab For Cutie, Long Winters, Lashes, and Pell Mell to join him in creating a veritable supergroup. The band’s first album, Elk City, is inspired by Jo, an old woman he met while drinking at a bar near Bakersfield, California while he was there to film a part in the 2013 movie Lost on Purpose. “She started giving me her entire family history, like five generations of it,” Donovan says. “Adultery, botched kidnappings, crazy cult leaders, schizophrenic starlets. It was nuts… I was writing as soon as I got back to my room.”
The title track of the LP, due out June 17, is a stunning example of fluid storytelling brought to life with help from producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf).
“There’s [an] eccentrically look-on-the-bright-side vibe to this title track, and portends a solid roots jangle of an LP. Lilting guitar leads hop along a shuffling beat made anxiously happy with handclaps and tambourine.” -CMJ
RIYL: Bright Eyes, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Weakerthans, Death Cab for Cutie
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Listen to the title track from their latest album Elk City below: