OCTOBER 23, 2020 – LOS ANGELES, CA – girlfriends, the pop-punk duo comprised of Travis Mills (musical artist, Beats 1 Host, actor) and Nick Gross (Big Noise, Gross Labs, Find Your Grind), are celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album today. With production from John Feldmann and inspiration from influential artists like blink-182, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The 1975, Phoenix and All Time Low, girlfriends is destined to cross boundaries and inspire massive sing-alongs with energetic hooks, fury, and optimistic swagger.
“This record has been a long time coming,” shares Mills on today’s release. “It encapsulates all of my teenage despair with a perspective I haven’t been able to articulate until these last 5 years. It’s an exercise in honesty, vulnerability, angst and excitement with nostalgia as the glue that holds it all together. This is my journal entry. This is my life. This is girlfriends”
“All the worlds collided between what Feldmann was already doing with his production style and where Travis wanted to go musically,” Nick explains. “It’s been really cool and went really quickly. We wrote close to 20 songs in just a few months.”
Fans can celebrate with the guys tonight on Twitch at 7:00pm PT for the girlfriends x Team Rogue Album Listening Party featuring Dr. Lupo, Travis, Rogue and more.
Ahead of today’s release, girlfriends dropped music videos for singles “Eyes Wide Shut” joins “California”, heralding praise from from MTV’s Friday Livestream, Loudwire, Alternative Press, PopCrush, idobi Radio, Noctis Magazine and more. The trakcs received adds to coveted playlists including Spotify’s New Noise and California Rock State playlists as well as Apple Music’s New Music Daily and Breaking Alternative playlists. Fans can look into the writing of “Eyes Wide Shut” through a recent Beat x Beat feature with Beats by Dre.
girlfriends Track Listing
1. The First Time
3. Stay Awhile
5. Eyes Wide Shut
7. Up All Night
8. Over My Head (feat. Bert McCracken)
9. Where Were You (feat. Travis Barker)
10. Wicked Games
11. Sugar on Her Lips
12. 2am (feat. DeathbyRomy)
13. Right Place Wrong Time
14. We’re All Fucked Up
Gross and Mills first walked right up to the edge of rock stardom before either of them had even left their teens. The brash and catchy hip-hop Travis made in his Riverside, California bedroom and posted on MySpace as “T. Mills” led to a major label deal, a spot on the Warped Tour, and an electric buzz, presaging the era of SoundCloud emo-rap and laptop hooks that was to come. At 17, Gross found himself in New York’s Times Square playing MTV’s TRL, in a pop-punk band featured prominently on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, with a major label contract of their own.
Like the punk rock music that first inspired him as a teenager, Mills sees girlfriends as an outlet for soulful expression and emotional catharsis, a means to process his feelings of grief, uncertainty, and renewed vigor for life, in a way that’s likely to connect with others who struggle. Nick is equally enthusiastic to have another crack at pop-punk, the genre that first set him on his career path.
“We’re in the middle of a daydream with girlfriends in their new pop-punk anthem” – Alternative Press
“Very few artists capture the original essence of the genre in as organic and seamless of a way as girlfriends.” – American Songwriter
“A catchy pop-punk banger that calls to mind nothing,nowhere.
and Waterparks.” – PopCrush
“the tracks have a heavy pop-gloss that make them wonderfully addictive” – idobi Radio
girlfriends is Travis Mills (Vocals/Guitar) and Nick Gross (Drums).