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by Girl Friday

Earthy, edgy and hauntingly evocative, Girl Friday's infectious melodies and alluring lyrics are hard to forget. Dive deep on this very enjoyable ride.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Give Over
3:08 $0.99
2. Make My Peace
4:33 $0.99
3. Leave No Worry Here
4:16 $0.99
4. Lost
4:59 $0.99
5. Worthy
3:38 $0.99
6. Ravaged
4:41 $0.99
7. Meadow Song
3:30 $0.99
8. Alone
3:43 $0.99
9. Don't Know Anything
3:15 $0.99
10. Swimmer
5:15 $0.99
11. 100 Miles
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Amidst legions of bands that play the Lower East Side clubs in New York City, Girl Friday stands out as one to watch. Fronted by charismatic singer-guitarist Amanda Dora, who hails from the Midwest, and backed by Texan natives Byron Isaacs on bass and Konrad Meissner on drums, this rock trio is steadily gaining a cult following. While doing session work as a cellist in the late 90s, Amanda started writing a group of songs that would eventually become the nucleus of Girl Friday’s first record. She met Byron and Konrad through mutual friends in 2001 and the three have been making trouble together ever since.

Released on their own Get Fresh Records, Swimmer features songs who's themes range from personal, and at times confessional, to social and universal. Its sonic landscapes draw as much inspiration from the immediacy of indie rock bands like The Shins as they do from the aggressive energy of artists like PJ Harvey. Combining haunting and evocative melodic textures with muscular, up-tempo rhythms, Swimmer makes for a mesmerizing listen. Producer Pete Keppler, just off tour doing live sound for David Bowie, recorded the album with the band over the course of the last year. Pete’s production and Hector Castillo's nuanced mixes showcase the band's skillful playing and surging arrangements, as well as Amanda’s stirring, earthy vocals, which reach deep into the emotional heart of the listener.

Girl Friday is currently in the studio working on a second full length record set for release later this year. The band toured last summer behind a three song EP which showcases a leaner, meaner sound while still featuring their lush three-part harmonies.

"If ever there was a textbook written on how to demonstrate composure and restraint while writing and performing a rock album in today's crowded market, Girl Friday definitely have a well worn copy of it. SWIMMER is a razor-sharp collection that thrives on songwriting economy; each of its eleven tunes is leaner and less wasteful than the one that preceded it. The most impressive thing about Girl Friday is how unconcerned they are with impressing anyone. These songs, masterfully sung by Amanda Dora, are content to be lean and linear, never once dipping into showy excess, ill advised genre mixing, or other familiar songwriting pitfalls.”
-Philip Stone, Splendid Magazine



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Nancy NoCD

Witty songs, so close to experience, so hard to forget
These songs are witty. These songs are cool. I'll never
get them out of my head. Go Easy Now. Don't you
hate to be alone?

Paul Hintz

heart-warming singing and songs
Earthy, textured, multi-layered, poignant and honest. Get it!


Mark Michaels

Terrific songs and playing.
Swimmer is a very personal record which combines strong melodies with thoughtful arrangements. Amanda Dora's lilting vocals are supported beautifully throughout the record by her band and by her own skillfulful guitar playing. Standout tracks include 'Leave No Worry', 'Lost', 'Alone' and 'Meadow Song'.


Really good songs, really strong arrangements
I like this CD alot. Amanda's songwriting is very sincere and warm with good melodies, and the playing, arrangements and production add alot without being overdone.


WaVeS oF aUrAl PlEaSuRe
Swimmer, like the sea, becons you with its many moods. GF showcases itsrange and Amanda relates a rich emotional life intimately...devoid of erzatz emo.
Float in spectral waves; immerse in ripples of shimmering reverie; barely tread water to a fragile melancholy contemplative hymnal; be seduced by billowing undulations of a sultry confidant; surge thru breakers to a rocked out beat and powerful exhortations.
If the ocean represents life...this CD is a vessel of its vital force. A major work in a sea of mediocrity.
Get it now! Go for a swim... You'll keep diving in ~~~

stoneboy record

This album rocks! Amanda Dora is a Rock Star!
This album rocks! Amanda Dora is a Rock Star!
I've been following these cats for a couple years now, and they just keep getting better and better. Amanda and her crew have really fleshed out some wonderful tunes, with great music supporting wonderful and interesting lyrics. Keep your ears on Girl Friday 'cause they're just going to keep getting better.