“Really good, really unexpected, and really different” is how Village Voice describes Girlyman’s lyric driven folk-pop. But that can also describe the year that inspired their fifth studio album Supernova, available June 19th (distribution through Burnside).
“A supernova is a dying star,” explains Girlyman member Doris Muramatsu, who was diagnosed with leukemia in late 2010. The three founding members of Girlyman (Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky, and Tylan Greenstein) had spent ten years playing and singing harmony together, from early days in tiny coffeehouses, through long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, all the way to festival main stages and the country’s premier acoustic venues. The band, now a quartet with the addition of former Po’ Girl drummer JJ Jones in 2009, suddenly feared for its future. “I was in the hospital getting blood transfusions and chemotherapy,” Doris continues. “We cancelled a month of tours and thought that was it.”