I knew nothing about Christopher Owens the first time I heard ‘Hellhole Ratrace’ by Girls. It was better that way. I immediately fell in love with the song, a seven-minute downer pop jam that would later appear on the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Album. It was sad and slow, but celebratory. “I don’t want to cry my whole life through/I want to do some laughing too,” sang Owens, in his weary but wide-eyed voice. “So come on, come on, come on and laugh with me.” He sounded on the verge of tears. He sounded kind of loopy.
From my first post for Stereogum: The End Of Girls, And The Future (And Past) Of Christopher Owens