GERMEIN - SPECIAL GUEST
THE CORRS - NOVEMBER 2022
Australian sister band GERMEIN - Georgia, Ella, & Clara Germein - grew up jamming together on their family farm in Adelaide. Raised on the records of B.B. KING, VAN MORRISON, & CAT STEVENS - their Dad played trumpet in a New Orleans rhythm & blues band, sparking the girls love for loud, feel good music they could dance to - while their Mum often led singing around the piano. Starting out busking on the main street of their local town with their younger brother, Germein soon began playing local venues while crafting their own unique brand of indie pop.
Georgia, a gifted songwriter, won her first of seven Young Composers Awards at the age of eleven. In high school, as her calibre of songs increased, she sought after creating a band to tour her songs. She taught herself the guitar, while Ella taught herself the bass, and as nobody played the drums yet – Clara - who was working as a surfing instructor at the time, taught herself the drums.
Germein began turning heads as their distinct sibling magic continued to overflow into their charismatic and euphoric live show, described as nothing short of mesmerising. Taking the lead from strong female artists like HAIM, CHVRCHES, and TEGAN & SARA; it was clear that Germein possessed the kind of close musical partnership that can only be shared by siblings. Inspired by the vocal harmonies of iconic bands such as Queen and Fleetwood Mac, both whom Germein were honoured to appear on the line-up with at the Isle of Wight Festival UK.
And now, the trio are making a statement with their bold new single ‘Good For A Girl’ which they wrote, recorded, and produced themselves in their home studio. ‘Good For A Girl’ touches on the siblings’ personal challenges they’ve faced being an all-female band in today’s music industry.
Clara laughs, “I went into a music shop to buy drumsticks, and the guy behind the desk asked me if I was buying them for my boyfriend”. Georgia recalls the band’s first soundcheck on a national tour when “It was as if we’d surprised the sound guy when we started playing, like he expected us to be bad. At the end of the show he said to us that we were actually pretty good for girls”. “We wanted to write a song that would help tackle these stereotypes, and give a voice to anyone who might be going through a similar experience” says Ella. “It’s about giving girls an equal playing field, and not discriminating based on gender” Clara adds.
The band were scheduled to kick off their UK/Europe Tour as of March 2020, but like many touring artists, they became grounded once Covid hit. As a result, they refocused much of time and energy into crafting new music in their family home amidst lockdown, and so ‘Good For A Girl’ was born.
The song’s powerful lyrics are blended with the raw combination of edgy guitar hooks, quirky piano lines, and rhythmic vocal percussion – topped off with haunting sibling harmonies.
“There’s definitely something empowering about writing, recording, and producing your own music – especially doing it as a family. We hope that we can be an encouragement to other artists out there who want to do the same” says Georgia.
Germein’s debut single ‘Talking’ was also recorded in their home studio, produced by Georgia Germein. The song was launched on Triple J Home and Hosed, and went on to enjoy airplay on both Triple J and the Hit Network across Australia. “The energy put into this song has paid off - with style, plenty of sass, edgy guitars, & a soaring chorus shows off a range of influences. Their tight harmonies show off how perfectly their voices work together & prove that they have musical finesse to be reckoned with” Line of Best Fit (UK)
‘Talking’ touches on the importance of speaking up in times of conflict, and has been described by UK Press as having “an almost therapeutic value” to it. Georgia describes her songwriting process as “a way of expressing my emotions, by getting the feelings I have out of me and onto paper and into music. It’s always been a very freeing experience.”
Germein were shortlisted in the Top 6 Unsigned UK Acts in a competition run by HOAX to open for Ed Sheeran on the Closing Night of his Record-Breaking Divide World Tour. They also won Most Popular Pop Artists in the South Australian Music Awards 2019 & 2020. As part of the 2020 bushfires in Australia, the band hosted a Bushfire Benefit Concert in their hometown raising funds for the South Australian Country Fire Service and Fauna Rescue SA.