The trail of glitter and confetti paving the way to Electrowerkz has never made finding a gig easier. The trail, almost a musical yellow brick road, lead directly to a colossal 7 x 12 ft cardboard cutout reading ‘PUNK’ in GIRLI’s recognisable pink situated outside of the venue. Walking up the steps of the notable London venue it was definitely apparent that GIRLI had made her stamp. Her DIY aesthetic, much like her music, paralleled the set up around Electrowerkz. On the wall, a projector played a slideshow of images of GIRLI and her mates, near the back of the venue a DIY ball pit was installed, and a shabby sheet illuminated with pink LED lighting hung from the ceiling of the stage.
As soon as the first bar the singer’s recognisable ‘ASboys’ played, the sheet was instantly dropped, revealing an all pink, nostalgic teenage bedroom plastered with posters. A very charismatic GIRLI and her ‘hypegirl’, DJ Kittty, then sprung out of the bed on stage and began to perform. The versatile musician truly gave her all to a very packed Electrowerkz, showcasing her vocal talent in ‘Not That Girl’, and her humour in ‘Fuck Right Back Off To LA’.
The London-based singer’s set was as versatile as her musical style, including high-energy pop song ‘Too Much Fun’, a new garage-punk fusion ‘Hot Mess’, and the slower ‘Feel Okay’, a previously unheard, brand new track off her forthcoming EP. For the singer’s most popular song ‘Girl I Met On The Internet’, she invited her parents and sister on stage. Watching GIRLI jump around in her teenage bedroom was almost a rose-tinted insight into her adolescence, and that’s not even because of the strobing pink LEDs.
In true punk fashion, GIRLI finished with the Japanese bubblegum pop inspired ‘So You Think You Can Fuck With Me Do Ya’, inviting fans on stage and ultimately crowdsurfing.
GIRLI is everything that the music industry needs right now, in a time of injustice and superficiality. Her performance at Electrowerkz was organic, genuine, and raw – something that pop is generally lacking. Big ratings to you, GIRLI.
GIRLI features in the new issue of Notion, issue 75, out now