U.S. Girls have surprise released a new live album: Lives features recordings of performances from 2018 through 2023, assembled in non-chronological order to mimic the feeling of a single show. Check out the new album below.
According to a press release, Lives features three distinct iterations of the U.S. Girls live band: “a jam-oriented outsider jazz-funk unit” for the In a Poem Unlimited era; the Heavy Light band that “reigned in the chaos and placed emphasis on harmonious sounds of stacked female voices”; and the latest version, for Bless This Mess, “that utilizes synthesizers and samplers.”
In a statement, U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy said:
I cannot fathom all the rehearsals hobbled through, miles travelled fast and crawling, enough coffee cups to build a bridge (from where to where?), dismantled and rebuilt floors & stages, feedback fever and ringing ears, blind hangovers, laughter til peeing pants and spitting out whatever is in the mouth, professional-level passive aggressive bickering, singing with no voice left, questioning what to wear as a way of holding the self together. All this happening in the background of forever war…. Sometimes I can’t remember much before starting bands, writing songs, recording music, making artifacts, performing, traveling to perform. Its a dreamy way to approach life but its a raw way to live.
Since releasing Bless This Mess in February, Meg Remy has teamed up with Bootsy Collins for a cover of Leon Russell’s “Superstar.”