Church Girls jumps out from the bustling crop of new indie rock bands emerging on the Philly scene this year, and there are a few reasons why. One, there’s no artifice about them – they play hooky rock songs with memorable melodies and solid playing. No fuss, no muss, no bullshit. There’s also singer and songwriter Mariel Beaumont’s voice, which is just effortlessly awesome, and it blends well with her songwriting style – as I described it in the past, “personal, honest and direct…a bit singer-songwriter but with a cutting punk edge.” 

The band released a great self-titled debut EP earlier this year, and is heading into Miner Street later this year to record a full-length record for release early next year. Their Key Session includes a couple new songs – “Dead” is a winner, as is “Sink” – along with tracks from the EP and an ace cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.” Tonight, the band – rounded out by Beaumont’s twin Max on bass and vocals (their harmonies are great), Jack Firneno on drums and Rob Dwyer of Kalob Griffin Band on lead guitar – will play MilkBoy, warming up the stage for Hollis Brown. Get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and stream and download Church Girls’ Key Studio Session below.