GIRLI is the pseudonym of Milly Toomey, a London-based young musician who is the definition of ‘sistas be doin it for themselves’. Making self-described ‘rappy bratty sugar dance pop’, GIRLI has been creating a whirlwind of hype. Mates with fellow newcomers Ratboy and Oscar, Toomey is a breath of fresh air in the very male-dominated indie pop scene. In what appears to be a man’s world, Toomey is unapologetically breaking down barriers; with song titles like ‘So You Think You Can Fuck With Me Do Ya’ and lyrics such as ‘Hey, listen to me, I’m gonna jump your mother in the street’, she has a forceful presence that is difficult to ignore.
GIRLI is not only a voice for the rowdy, boisterous youth of the digital age, but an example to the girls of this generation. At a recent show at Headrow House in Leeds, she opened with a song called ‘Girls Get Angry Too’, bursting into defiant, noisy rap that took the quiet crowd of bespectacled hipsters wearing sheepskin jackets rather by surprise. At the end of her all-too-short set, she showered the crowd with tampons, quipping that they’re useful for nosebleeds if you don’t have a vagina. After opening for Ratboy at Heaven in London, she posted a picture on Instagram of a condom with ‘LUV GIRLI’ scribbled on it, captioned ‘stay safe babies luv girli hopefully no ratboy fans will be getting preggers in the next week after then I honestly can’t say’.
Whilst all this is brashly comic, there’s an underlying message that girls certainly do not have to fulfil expectations of being meek, quiet ladies standing at the back. Although this has been splashed across the front pages of women’s magazines for decades, there is no one currently living this example. And then we were given GIRLI, reminding us that it’s perfectly ok to swear, to not conform to beauty standards, to express your opinions in whatever way you choose. May GIRLI reign supreme.
GIRLI: the new kid on the block. A vision in pink, resplendent in bright tracksuits with a bra on top. Loud. Unapologetic. Fabulous.
Check out to the pink pop princess–> http://www.girli.fm
Words by Jemima Skala
Image by Ana Ovilo
Photographs @girlifm (instagram)