- girlfriends release their debut single 'California.'
Travis Mills (musical artist, Beats 1 Host, actor) and Nick Gross (Big Noise, Gross Labs, Find Your Grind) have released their debut single “California” as girlfriends via Big Noise.
Produced by the legendary John Feldmann, the track is fueled by the caffeinated pop-punk style that first inspired them and pulls from influential artists like blink-182, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The 1975, Phoenix and All Time Low.
“This song is a tribute to where we grew up. I have seen LA eat and spit people out and I’ve seen it make some incredible things happen. There is such a duality to this amazing place,” shares Mills on the debut single.
Gross and Mills first walked right up to the edge of rock stardom before either of them had even left their teens. The brash and catchy hip-hop Mills made in his Riverside, California bedroom and posted on MySpace as “T. Mills” led to a major label deal, a spot on the Warped Tour, and an electric buzz, presaging the era of SoundCloud emo-rap and laptop hooks that was to come. At 17, Gross found himself in New York’s Times Square playing MTV’s TRL, in a pop-punk band featured prominently on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, with a major label contract of their own.
Mills experienced the loss of his close friend Lil Peep and the very public dissolution of a romantic relationship which lead to turning to songwriting as an outlet.
“I just had so much to write about,” Mills says of the sessions that turned into the girlfriends debut. “It came from a genuine place. I’d be stressed out, or bawling my eyes out, and the songs would come very organically. If we ever spent more than an hour trying to figure out a hook or a verse, we scrapped it and just kept moving. This project is different from anything else I’ve ever done.”
Mills called Gross after seeing him drum in an Instagram story and that is how girlfriends came to be. The music will be an emotional catharsis but will feature punk rock sounds.
“California” is now available on music streaming platforms.