Travis Mills and Nick Gross used to look ahead yearly to watching X Video games on tv. Now, the pop-punk-rock duo Girlfriends will carry out stay to shut out the occasion and get a few of their very own activates the ski slopes throughout their first go to to Aspen.
“X Video games is such an iconic form of staple within the life-style that Nick and I grew up in, simply being two children from SoCal,” stated Mills, the singer and guitar participant. “My entire life as a child revolved round skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, and motion sports activities. So, the X Video games have been one thing that we might tune into yearly to look at our heroes compete. To be the soundtrack to that this yr, particularly in a spot like Aspen, it is a bucket-list second.”
He and Gross met in 2015 across the Los Angeles music scene—Mills was a profitable solo recording artist often called T. Mills, and Gross owned a recording studio and performed drums. Mills heard Gross play drums and requested him to hitch him onstage for a present he was performing.
Quick ahead to 2020, each needed to maneuver on from their earlier musical initiatives and teamed as much as create one thing new.
Girlfriends was born.
“The timing of us popping out of different initiatives was good,” stated Gross. “Travis and I simply having genuine backgrounds and simply loving the model of music that we play and having that form of come out naturally for the undertaking on the time that it did was distinctive, as nicely. So, it was it was all within the universe’s plan, I assume.”
He and Mills have a symbiotic and complementary means of making music collectively, with Mills being the core songwriter and lyricist, and Gross laying down the musical basis behind the lyrics and melodies.
Mills’ lyrics concentrate on his private experiences from like to life to profession and his perspective on how these occasions have formed him. His hope of him is to create a neighborhood together with his listeners who might have skilled related hardships and allow them to know he understands how they really feel, present help, and illustrate they aren’t alone.
“I do know what the bands that I like to rising up listening to did for me, , after I was an angsty, depressed, anxious teenager,” he stated. “If I am form of a help system for folks on the market who’re going by way of related issues that I went by way of — I imply, that is why I began making music within the first place.”
The duo cited Blink 182 as one in all their greatest musical influences, which comes by way of of their sound, not solely as a result of they admire the band a lot, but in addition as a result of they’re working with John Feldmann, who produced and co-wrote Blink 182’s 2016 Gold file, Californiaand in addition tapped Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker to do a characteristic on the observe, “The place Had been You.”
“Loads of these random issues are form of coming full circle for us. Whether or not it is having Travis Barker on our album or attending to play one thing like X Video games. it is simply tremendous cool,” stated Gross.
And, what are the duo most trying ahead to when not performing this weekend?
“For me, selfishly, I am actually excited to get to snowboard Aspen for the primary time ever and form of flip this right into a work-and-pleasure journey, ,” stated Mills.
Girlfriends will carry out on Sunday at 3:30-4:15 pm
For a full winter 2023 X Video games music schedule, go to xgames.com/x-games-aspen-2023-music.
All performances are free to the general public.