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The Catholic Girls

Band Name: The Catholic Girls
Music Style: rock/pop
Band Description: The Sound Powerful rock with a wave/punk influence, strong pop melodies, pounding guitars, a driving beat and great vocals.

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The Catholic Girls are:
Gail Petersen (lead vocals/rhythm guitar)
Roxy Andersen (lead guitar/backing vocals)
Doreen Holmes (drums and percussion)

The Sound

Powerful rock with a wave/punk influence, strong pop melodies, pounding guitars, a driving beat and great vocals.

The Story Then

The Catholic Girls were born when schoolgirls Gail Petersen and Roxy Andersen put their guitars together to form the first all-female band from New Jersey that would be signed to a major label. With Doreen Holmes on drums, The Catholic Girls released an album on MCA both in the USA and Australia as well as a special Armed Forces Edition. They embarked on 2 national tours, received widespread commercial airplay and debuted on MTV to the music of their new wave anthem, Boys Can Cry. In 1999, the original album was revived and released in CD format, and fans from the 80s were thrilled to have the girls in plaid back, as were many new fans they were making along the way. In 2002, the band released Make Me Believe as their first indie CD, embarked on a tri-state tour (NY/NJ/PA), opened for acts like Dave Davies of the Kinks, Gene Loves Jezebel and performed at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood at The International Pop Overthrow Festival. The Asbury Park Music Awards nominated them for Top Rock Band of the Year and their video, Make Me Believe, reached the charts in Billboard. In 2004, their CD single, Summer Vacation/Rock’n America (a tribute to Joey Ramone) was released nationally, followed by a full length CD, Meet the Catholic Girls. Both gained momentum with college and Web airplay and glowing reviews. Meanwhile, the band made history in the 1/06/06 copy Goldmine Magazine when their first 45 single Boys Can Cry was selected by readers to be part of The Ultimate Rock’n Roll Jukebox (The Top 200 songs ever that must be included on any jukebox)! They were in good company on the list including The Beatles, The Stones, The Ramones and Blondie! Then, Little Steven (of The E Street Band and Sopranos fame) saw them play live one night and instantly converted. Rock’n America, was now played on a regular basis on his internationally syndicated radio show, The Underground Garage. It was later included on his Coolest Songs in the World, Vol. 7 CD . Bill Kelly, a long-time altar boy was also broadcasting the single on Sirius Satellite Radio, and Genya Ravan (also on Sirius), featured CG songs on her shows, Goldie’s Garage and Chicks and Broads. Both songs additionally got airplay at hundreds of college, internet, and commercial radio such as WRAT, WNTI, WFMU, WPRB, WTSR, WDIY, Cybertorm Radio, BlowUpRadio, IHeart Radio, and This is Rock’n roll Radio.

And More Now

The Catholic Girls are (finally) exposing themselves to spread the Gospel of Rock from The Vatican to Your iPhone and beyond! Their latest full-length CD, THE CATHOLIC GIRLS—EXPOSED! was released in 2012. The front cover is an homage to film noir (Gail loves Noir) and 1940s detective novels (Roxy always wanted to be a detective!) and inside, there are 13 tracks that include something for everyone. There’s rock, pop, garage, blues, and a ballad inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rebecca—but it’s all just great rock’n roll! The CD’s lyrics as always, are far more than fluff with themes that range from any girl’s confession of true love, a mystery celebrity crush, a crash course on heartbreak—to true loss, sleep deprivation, rebellion, insomnia, sex deprivation, Alfred Hitchcock, the end of the world, and more; all breaking loose with guitars in hand. John Pfieffer of The Aquarian Weekly has said of their music that it is “a roughly tumbled gem that showcases a group that has done things their own way, made many successful trips to the altar…and when it comes to their approach to writing recording and releasing – it’s quirky jangle-laden pop rock music without pomp and circumstance.” Jim Testa of Jersey Beat said “Petersen still has that distinctive plaintive yearning in her vocals, more womanly than girlish now but nonetheless affecting, Andersen’s new-wavy guitar still shimmers and glows, the harmonies still send a shiver down your spine, and the songwriting still communicates female longing, dreams and heartbreak”


On April 6, 2015 the all-female rock group, The Catholic Girls, who have performed nearly continuously from the 80s through the present have just released a new CD “Kiss Me One More Time”. The record contains 8 brand new tracks that range from solid rockers like “Shame On You” to a power pop song “Where’s The Logic” the band’s tribute to Leonard Nemoy and his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. The CD also features hardcore blues styled “Kiss Me One More Time” a riveting ballad “Don’t Go Away”. A definite highlight is the song “Breaking All The Rules” which serves as an anthem for all female bands everywhere and throughout the ages. There is also an ode to New Jersey(where the band is located) The Jersey Shore specifically – Attention Chris Christie “Down at The Shore” should be THE New Jersey Them Song. The last 3 tracks include a heart-rending new version of “God Made You” (the ‘epic’ song that was banned by The Archdiocese of Rhode Island in the 80s) from their first release and two bonus live tracks “Young Boys” and “Boys Can Cry”. As the band’s horizons have expanded, so has the energy that drives The Catholic Girls themselves to continually change. For now, they’ve thrown out the plaid skirts and schoolgirl attire and are focusing less on image and more on the music itself. There was a time when The Catholic Girls set out to prove they could play with the boys. This is now undisputed, and today’s Catholic Girls prove conclusively, again and again, that they can break all the rules and rock the house with anyone, in any venue, any time, any place, anywhere!

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