If you go to Netflix and search for a comedy that focuses on career-driven young women who care more about friendship than they care about romance and also happen to make jokes about their bodily functions, you’re not going to find anything (trust us, we’ve tried). We made Girl Band because we wanted to see characters like us and our friends on the biggish screen.
Girl Band is about four female best friends slash bandmates who leave their middle-of-fucking-nowhere hometown for Los Angeles. They are immediate outsiders in LA and really don’t care to become insiders, even as they figure out how to have unthinkable musical success. Over the course of the show, their borderline delusional persistence, undeniable talent and moxie brings them from crushing it at tiny, hole-in-the-wall venues to headlining at famous spots on Sunset. Their ascent to stardom will be anchored by the strength of small town friendship, but threatened by stubbornness that is an asset as much as it is a pitfall.
We created female characters who aren’t totally put together, who unabashedly love each other, and who are comfortable expressing that love through tough love. We wanted to show female friendship with cattiness removed from the equation and fart jokes actively included. As much as this is a project about young women, it is also a love letter to anyone who is going through the discomfort of pursuing a dream.
We want Girl Band to be on TV (or, you know, since it’s 2016, we would be down with it being on your favorite streaming platform).
Kerry Furrh directed a music video for Olivia Mitchell’s YouTube channel while they were freshmen at USC, which was the start of a beautiful best friendship. A couple years later, Cailin Lowry watched all of the videos Kerry shot for Olivia while eating multiple pints of ice cream and bemoaning her own lack of musical talent. Somewhere else on campus, Olivia and Kerry were reading Cailin’s humor blog, though this probably wasn’t happening on the same day because that would be too weird. Their three mutual talent crushes were consummated after Cailin and Kerry met in a film class. Olivia scored Kerry’s film and a spot in Cailin’s sad heart. They all bonded over having vaginas and feeling misunderstood in film/music school. After college, the three of them moved in together and became co-moms to a foster dog named Frankie. This all sounds much more romantic than it actually is.
Cailin is responsible for all witty website copy, Kerry designed our site and took the photos, and Olivia wrote the music.