The gentlemen of Girls are keeping busy after their September release of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. This morning, the band announced their newest single, “Lawrence”, written by frontman Christopher Owens in 2008. The song was written as a sort of tribute to Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart leader Lawrence Hayward, whose influence Owens described in an unabashedly personal letter:
I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they’ll be looking for. Don’t worry, I’m not writing to talk about the things I’m looking for in life, I’ll spare you that. I’m writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn’t stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.
To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn’t dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I’m thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.
Anyway, I’d just like you to have it, it’s yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.
With love- Christopher Owens
“Lawrence” is receiving a limited-edition (1000 copies) heart-shaped red vinyl and digital release on Dec. 6, via True Panther. You can pre-order “Lawrence” and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates at the label’s website.