This is about The Golden Girls' nearly namesakes, Golden Grrrls - a fun-loving DIY fuzz-pop outfit who play a rare show in Glasgow this weekend.
Evoking The Pastels, C86 indie and New Zealand's vintage Flying Nun stable (The Chills, The Clean) Golden Grrrls have been making harmonic, lo-fi pop since 2009. Despite the radiance and cohesion of their songs, the Glasgow-formed band came about almost by chance. At the time Eilidh Rodgers (drums, vocals) and Ruari MacLean (guitar, vocals) were both drummers, and neither had ever written songs.
"We didn't know what we were doing, basically - it was all kind of an accident," says Rodgers, laughing. "Ruari's a great drummer, he played drums in Gummi Stumps, but he wanted to play guitar for this, so I guess he was just learning. I'd been playing drums [Rodgers also plays in National Park, among others, alongside Teenage Fanclub's Gerry Love] but neither of us had really written songs before, so it was a lot of fun."
Golden Grrrls' third member is guitarist and vocalist Rachel Aggs (with whom Rodgers also plays in duo Sacred Paws, recently signed to Mogwai's Rock Action label). Aggs enrolled after stints from bygone members Kate Manning (keyboards) and The National Jazz Trio of Scotland's Lorna Gilfedder (guitar, vocals).
What impact did Aggs joining have on the band's dynamic? "Ruari moved to London around the same time that Lorna left to move to the States, so it became a bit less of a sociable thing at that point, because we weren't all together in Glasgow. But it was the same kind of process with Rachel, really. We learned all the old songs again, and then we'd just hang out in a room. Ruari would have a rough structure and we'd work around it.
"I think we always want to make pop music, but we don't know what we're doing," Rodgers laughs. "That's kind of liberating in a way, because you don't have any standards."
With Aggs and MacLean now based in London, Golden Grrrls' home shows are relatively rare. They launched their self-titled debut album in Glasgow in February, and the forthcoming CCA show will be their first performance in the city since.
"Yeah, it's kind of odd that we don't play up here very often, but it's nice too I guess, because it doesn't get boring in the way it can if you're doing local shows every week," Rodgers says.
"That makes it feel a bit more special. I'm really looking forward to playing Glasgow again - when we did the album launch show I think Ruari felt quite nostalgic."
It's interesting that Rodgers mentions nostalgia, because there appears to be a sense of looking back, or marking time - perhaps even longing for another era - in Golden Grrrls' aesthetic, as reinforced in song titles such as Past Tense, Older Today, Take Your Time and Time Goes Slow.
"I wish that was intentional, but most of our titles happen by accident," confesses Rodgers. "We actually had even more songs with 'time' in the title at one point, and we were like, 'We need to change these - these cannot all have the word "time" in them! How did this happen?'" she says.
Still, at least it's clear from their Riot Grrrl-saluting moniker (not to mention their female-dominated line-up) that Golden Grrrls are founded on feminist-punk ideology, in statement if not in sound. "Um, actually, the name started off as a bit of a joke," offers Rodgers, congenially puncturing another myth.
"When Golden Grrrls started it was just Ruari in his bedroom, and I think he meant it as a play on bands like Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, who were around at the time. We did this interview with Toby Vail [Bikini Kill] in the States and of course she's a pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement, and she wanted to ask us about our Riot Grrrl name. I think Ruari felt a bit bad. She was so lovely though."
That's Golden Grrrls all over: defying expectations, winning friends and making shambolic, accidentally brilliant pop.
Golden Grrrls play Glasgow CCA on Sunday. Their debut album is out now on Night School.