Christopher Owens’ Girls evolves with ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ 

Christopher Owens makes no bones about it.

Yes, he spent a good deal of his childhood indoctrinated in the strange ways of the Children Of God cult. And since outside music wasn’t allowed within its clannish confines, the only way he picked up on taboo outfits like Queen and Guns N’ Roses was through songs he heard on soundtracks in the films he was allowed to enjoy.

A weird cultural path, to say the least.

But it helped make Girls — the duo he formed in San Francisco with Chet “J.R.” White — that much more offbeat and original. Both fans of hardcore punk when they started, the music that eventually came out felt more like classic ’60s pop.

And Girls are evolving.

For their new “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” sophomore set, which streets on Sept. 13 through True Panther Sounds, the duo added drummer Darren Weiss and guitarist John Anderson, and retreated to a dusty local office building basement to record. Loaded, of course, with nothing but vintage tube/transistor amplifiers and other arcane equipment.

The tracks are as follows: “Honey Bunny,” “Alex,” “Die,” “Saying I Love You,” “My Ma,” “Vomit,” “Just A Song,” “Magic,” “Forgiveness,” “Love Like A River,” and “Jamie Marie.”

They’ll also be playing Oct. 8 and 9 in town at The Great American Music Hall. For more information, visit http://www.facebook/girlssf.

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