Monday, January 05, 2009


Put A Record On: Chicks On Speed Change Their Pace
January 5th, 2009 | Berlin

Chicks On Speed first attracted Karl Lagerfeld's attention with their Girl Power attitude, pounding electro and savvy fashion. But the girl's latest single, "Super Surfer Girl," sees the singing stylistas moving in a new direction.

The Germany-based band has abandoned the electroclash of their early years and, from the sound of it, have relocated to Hawaii. But they're not just surfing and playing in the water—they're still busy releasing albums, singles and mix CDs a decade since their initial formation.

Though the band's defining moment came when they collaborated with Canadian electro queen Peaches on We Don't Play Guitar in 2003, they have grown and matured in ways some might not have expected. Sure, it'll be difficult for these chicks to match the success they achieved in the clubs, but "Super Surfer Girl" has other advantages: electro might still be big, but the problem with becoming the face of a genre is the difficulty of escaping its ghosts. This song might just ease that escape, since it's more about bikini clad surfer girls than catsuit clad techno dancers in a 24/7 Berlin night club.

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—David Hellqvist

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