LA band Girl Friday will release their debut album, Androgynous Mary, on August 21 via Hardly Art. The new single from the record is “This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For,” which is a darker song than the title might make you think:

The song was born out of a years and years long mental crisis in which daily life felt like being twisted around in an endless carousel spinning at 100mph,” say the band. “In the moments of wicked darkness and what felt like hell, real love and community was presented to us on a plate — ready to be eaten. We are extremely grateful to have received that. Sometimes, you are too stuck to see what’s in front of you. Sometimes, you don’t understand it. And sometimes, when you do take hold of it, it’s the biggest and most powerful feeling in the world. To feel held. To feel like even if you fall to the ground, someone will be there to wipe your face, to sew up the holes in your pants, to pick you up again. Now, community is the most important thing we have. We have to stand up for our neighbors, invest in them, step outside of ourselves, listen to other people’s pain, and figure out the best way we can be an accurate picture of what love means. And Do Not Forget, we need total police + prison abolition.

The video for “This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For” is made from footage shot on tour with The Beths and Marika Hackman, which gives it a nostalgic vibe for the not-to-distant past when we could go to clubs and see bands. It premieres in this post and you can watch below.

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Girl Friday – Androgenous Mary tracklist:
This Is Not the Indie Rock I Signed Up For
Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern
Eaten Thing
Public Bodies
What We Do It For
Gold Stars
Favorite Friend
I Hope Jason Is Happy