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Teenage punk duo Girlpool ‘make it’ at Strummer’s

Girlpool is Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. The duo plays Friday, Oct. 23, at Strummer’s.
Girlpool is Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. The duo plays Friday, Oct. 23, at Strummer’s. Special to The Bee

Harmony Tividad is not sure she’ll ever “make it” as a musician.

Some people would say her indie-punk band Girlpool (which she started with best friend Cleo Tucker in 2013) has already made it.

They did just return from a tour of Europe and will head to Australia soon. They are now on the road playing direct support for punk band du jour Joyce Manor (which plays Friday, Oct. 23, at Strummer’s). Time magazine had Girlpool on its musical watch list for 2015, and The New York Times said they were a highlight of 2014. The pair’s low-fi indie-rock (created with just a guitar, bass and Tividad and Tucker’s harmonies) earned them a No. 1 spot on Billboard’s list of “20 All-Female Bands You Need To Know.” Fader called the duo the “New Teen Queens of Rock” (both are not yet 21).

They even did a spot on NPR’s hip Tiny Desk concert series.

But that’s all social currency stuff, Tividad says. The only “making” they’re concerned with is the literal act of making art.

And that happens on a spectrum, every single day, Tividad says.

“There’s no end goal,” she says, other than creating art that articulates the feeling of the moment, then sharing it with others. It is an ongoing journey that is reflected in everything the duo does, whether it’s recording an album, playing a club or taking a walk in the park, Tucker says.

“It’s always everything,” she says. “We happen to be spending a lot of time getting there by making music.”

Girlpool

  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23
  • Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
  • Tickets: $15, all ages
  • 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com
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