Girly Man - Shot in San Francisco, September 2011 by Jeff Steinmetz, Makeup Kat Steinmetz
Girlyman try not to take themselves too serious – after all, they named themselves Girlyman – but their fans take them very seriously. Travelling across states and countries to see a show, tattooing song lyrics on themselves – these are examples of their dedication.
Girlyman‘s playful approach to music and touring was born after the band’s first rehearsal, scheduled for September 11, 2001. It was postponed, but the events of that day set the course for the future: “We decided to just have fun,” explains Nate, “and not take ourselves too seriously. We started by naming our new bandGirlyman.”
Tylan Greenstein and Doris Muramatsu have known each other since second grade. They grew up playing from the Paul Simon songbook and mimicking their parents’ records from 60s vocal groups like the Mamas and the Papas. At a college talent show they befriended Nate Borofsky, who also grew up trained in classical music. The three shared an apartment in Brooklyn but didn’t play together until a road trip to a music workshop. Singing harmonies in a rented Buick, the band was formed-or as formed as it could be before JJ Jones, drummer at the time for the Canadian band Po’ Girl, joined to complete their sound.
“Empire of our State” is a new single fromGirlyman. It features elements that have become the group’s calling card: beautiful three-part harmonies, insightful lyrics, and playful melodies.
For more Girlyman videos, check out this video of them playing live in New York City: