Following on from her acclaimed third album - and second for the esteemed Hardly Art Records - I Want to Grow Up, Colleen Green is set to return to the UK for a run of shows that's her first since a 2014 run with EMA. It's the first chance for UK audiences to catch I Want to Grow Up highlights, including singles 'Pay Attention' and 'TV', in a live setting; an opportunity not to be missed.
UK/EU LIVE DATES
May 19th | Transmission, Lille, France
May 20th | Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France*
May 21st | Victoria, London, UK
May 22nd | Hope and Ruin, Brighton, UK
May 25th | Gold Sounds Festival, Leeds, UK%
May 26th | Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
May 27th | Rowing Club, York, UK
May 28th | Boileroom, Guildford, UK
May 29th | Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, UK
May 30th | Brixton Windmill, London, UK
May 31st | Le Ciel, Grenoble, France
June 1st | Treppenhaus, Rorscach, Switzerland
June 2nd | Handmade Festival, Guastalla, Italy
June 5th | Le Port, Sion, Switzerland
June 6th | See Wiesen Festival, Kleinreifling, Switzerland
* = w/ Twerps
% = w/ Best Coast
More about I Want to Grow Up:
As a prospect it can be terrifying, sad, and worst of all, inevitable. But on I Want to Grow Up, her second album for Hardly Art, Colleen Green lets us know that we don't have to go it alone.
This latest collection of songs follows a newly 30-year-old Green as she carefully navigates a minefield of emotion. Her firm belief in true love is challenged by the inner turmoil caused by entering modern adulthood, but that doesn't mean that her faith is defeated. With a nod to her heroes, sentimental SoCal punks The Descendents, Green too wonders what it will be like when she gets old. Throughout songs such as 'Some People', 'Deeper Than Love', and the illustrative title track, the listener has no choice but to feel the sympathetic growing pains of revelatory maturation and the anxieties that come along with it.
Sonically the album is a major change for the LA-based songwriter, who has come to be known for her homemade recordings and merchandise. Her past offerings have been purely Green; testaments to her self-sufficiency and, perhaps, trepidation. This time, she's got a little help from her friends: the full band heard here includes JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch, who collaborated with Green over ten days at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.
I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: "Understanding is reached only after confrontation."
What people are saying about I Want to Grow Up:
"This is moody wit that took a weird route, dispatches from a life lived inside the head." - New York Times
"If this pop-punk sugar rush had been released in 1995, it would have been on MTV nonstop. Any fan of early Weezer is sure to love it."
- Rolling Stone
"She doesn’t just want to grow up—she is growing up, and she’s doing it in elegantly wry, acerbic, hooky pop style." - Pitchfork
"I Want to Grow Up could have been a hit 20 years ago, yet Green's steez is impeccably millennial, and primed to appeal to folks who've found recent solace in Best Coast or Courtney Barnett." - NME
"Green’s most emotionally wrought work to date, a simply rendered collection of anxious songs whose bubblegum sheen belies the pain beneath." - Stereogum
"She’s great at writing instantly catchy alt-rock melodies" - Buzzfeed
"It’s not quite crisis time for the marijuana-loving party girl, but more a period of clear-eyed, self-reflection." - Irish Times
"A scrum of fuzz guitar riffs and and distorted vocals." - DIY
"Replete with the sorts of sticky, lovesick melodies that would make Phil Spector see dollar signs." - SPIN, Artists to Watch
"Her songs have a detached, aggressively dreamy sound, one that toes the line of sincerity." - Los Angeles Times
"A one-woman Bikini Kill/Garbage cross-breed." - The Line of Best Fit