Goat Girl formed in 2016 after the four members met at various venues in South London. Taking their name from the late comedian Bill Hicks’ contentious sketch “Goat Boy,” Clottie Cream (Lottie), Naima Jelly (Naima), L.E.D. (Ellie), and Rosy Bones (Rosy) developed their very own scuzzy, yet pointed, garage rock. Citing Metronomy and Sonic Youth among their influences, the four-piece emerged at a time when South London areas Brixton and Peckham were a fertile ground for D.I.Y. bands like HMLTD, Sorry, and Shame.
Supported by zines, flyers, and T-shirts, Goat Girl began to play regularly at Brixton venue The Windmill. Quickly gaining momentum, the band released its debut split single, “Country Sleaze/”Scum,” in 2016 via British independent label Rough Trade. The following year they opened the Visions Festival in London and put out a second single, “Crow Cries.” Later that year (on Halloween), Goat Girl released “Cracker Droll,” which was accompanied by a fittingly spooky promo video.
2018 saw the release of the band’s debut full-length. The 19-track self-titled album was produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat for Lashes), and was preceded by the lead single “The Man.”