Chorusgirl make noisepop, blending the sounds of Lush, the Cure, the Breeders, the Bangles, surf, girl groups, melodies, dirt, jangle and noise into a swirling & shimmering mix that spins your head until you’re dizzy. The lyrics are personal, delicate and angry, about losing and giving up, but all of that heartache and anger is layered underneath enough noisy rubble and happy fizz.
The band is the brainchild of London-based and German-born songwriter Silvi Wersing, and the name references the fact that Silvi spent years playing ‘chorus girl’ to other musicians’ dreams, until deciding that introverts and chorus girls could and should front their own shows and write their own songs.
Fortuna Pop released Chorusgirl’s eponymously titled debut album in 2015 to great critical success, and the first single ‘Oh, To Be A Defector’ was playlisted by BBC Radio6.
In 2018, they were signed by growing British indie label Reckless Yes, joining the likes of Liines, Lorna, Fightmilk, and more. Their second album ‘Shimmer and Spin’ was released Nov 16th to rave reviews (8/10 Loud and Quiet, 5/5 Narc Magazine, 7/10 Allmusic). Clash Magazine premiered the first single ‘No Goodbye’; and the elaborate animated stop motion video for the second single ‘In Dreams’ was ‘Video of the Week’ at God is in the TV Zine. The single garnered support from Steve Lamacq, including it in his radio playlist for BBC6 Music. The album found itself in many end-of-year lists, e.g. For the Rabbits, Get in Her Ears, Emma’s House, and many more.
A changing line-up of friends forms around Silvi for the live band to bring her songwriting to the stage. In the past 5 years, the band have played shows and festivals in the UK, US, Norway, Spain, Germany, France and Sweden, supporting the likes of the Primitives, Allo Darlin, the Clientele, Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, Spinning Coin, and many others.
In 2019, Chorusgirl are looking forward to taking the album on tour in Germany and playing shows and festivals in the UK.
“Chorusgirl explore universal themes with the catchiest of tunes, thundering rhythms, a wry sense of self and fascinating multi-meaning lyrics.” (8/10)
Sarah Lay, Louder Than War
“Chorusgirl’s sound is distinctly London (although, more the London of the 80s than of now) but it’s also the sound of escaping London.(…) It’s the feeling of sleeping with the bedroom window open for the first time in months and waking up with a fresh wafting across your face.” Emma Garland, Noisey
“Chorusgirl pertain to a certain kind of cold, detached dreaminess you’d associate with a label like 4AD in its prime: their overall sound being seemingly informed by Lush’s successful hybrid of classic pop, fiery punk and shimmering soundscapes. … Yet, rather than reliving a sound there’s a sense here that Chorusgirl are more intent on reinventing it. Look no further than their debut self-titled LP for conviction.” (8/10) Hayley Scott, The Line Of Best Fit
“Full of chunky, guitar-heavy songs, strong melodies, and Wersing’s richly commanding vocals, the record is a brilliant fusion of the ’90s and 2010s that calls to mind the Breeders and Dum Dum Girls in equal amounts.” (4/5) Tim Sendra, Allmusic
“There’s no slack on the album – from the starting gate to the finish line, Chorusgirl bristle with static and nerves.” … Chorusgirl are simple, until they’re not. You might recognise the distant spirits, the razor chords, the surfy snarls. But where other bands coast on borrowed sound, Wersing bends it to her own life, creating a space that resonates with insight and empathy. Ever felt separate from the human race? Be comforted, for here is your kind.” (7/10) Lee Adcock, Drowned in Sound
“This is a record with teeth… one of the most impressive first albums of a year rich in strong debuts.” (5/5) Paul Brown, NARC Magazine
“Sparkling with bright rhythms and jangling pop…with hints of something shadier, bittersweet and more potent.” London in Stereo
“Lovingly smudged guitars” (7/10) Loud and Quiet
“Blending the shimmering dreaminess of 4AD bands like Lush, the noir pop of The Cure and the bittersweet electricity of The Breeders, the ten songs on the album sparkle with melody and pop nous but are “stealthily subverted by something darker… Chorusgirl are a band to cherish … An impressive keeper of an album by Chorusgirl.” (8.4/10) Steve Janes, WithGuitars
“It’s one of the best debut albums of the year. It’s one of the best pop albums of the year, period.” Ben Yung, The Revue (Canada)
“Chorusgirl are a band you’d have to try hard not to love. … This is one of the best albums you will hear all year.” (9/10) Richard O’Hagan, Little Indie Blogs
“It’s not often that I enjoy every song on a disc, let alone on their first recording, but that’s how good Chorusgirl’s eponymous effort is. … one of the best, if not the best album I’ve heard this year. … If you wish to see a great band in a small setting before things blow up, I’d suggest you check your UK listings and catch them live.” (10/10) Steve Ricciutti, Soundblab
“Nicht weniger als eine komplett eigene Welt … Dass die Musik und der Sound dabei so treibend, so 1990er-Noisepoppig, so wave-düster, aber auch so warm und übermütig geworden sind und die Songs immer wieder überraschende Haken schlagen, zeigt Silvi Wersings Talent als eine absolut einzigartige Songwriterin.” Benjamin Walter, Intro Magazin (Germany)
“Zugleich bestätigen die Damen und Herren von Fortuna Pop! mit diesem Album einmal mehr, wie viel sie von der Entdeckung eines nicht so offensichtlichen Indie-Juwels verstehen.” (4.5/6) Thomas Weiland, Musikexpress (Germany)
“La música de Chorusgirl es contagiosamente viva y fluida.” Pacopepe Gil, Loff it (Spain)
“Chorusgirl klinkt op hun debuut noisey, maar toch lichtvoetig en tegelijkertijd melodieus, met frisse hooks, het geheel omlijst met een gitzwart randje.” George Meijer, Musine.nl (Netherlands)