Horsegirl is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band consists of Nora Cheng, Penelope Lowenstein, and Gigi Reece. The group is currently signed to Matador Records. The group formed in 2019, when they put out their first song titled Forecast. Horsegirl’s first release, Horsegirl: Ballroom Dance Scene et cetera, was released in 2020. The EP was named one of Paste Magazine’s 25 best EP’s of 2020.

In November 2021 they presented “Billy,” their debut single/video via their new label, Matador. Having only formed in 2019, Horsegirl’s first three singles captured the ears and attention of fans and critics worldwide, garnering early acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Sirius XMU, NME, BBC Music, and more.

Following their appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival this fall, where the trio performed for their biggest crowd yet, NYLON remarked “Horsegirl were welcome reminders of how rock music is better and more fun than its been in years.”

Their new single “Billy” continues the band’s exciting early run and expands their already swelling wall of sound with three-part harmonies, overdriven guitars and unexpected tempo changes. Recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio and co-produced by the band and legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), “Billy” marks a significant evolution for the young band.

“‘Billy’ is our first release with a label, and it feels particularly special that it is with Matador, whom we have admired since we were young. After a year of hard work, we are very happy to finally share music, especially with those who have uplifted Horsegirl in the last year. We feel so thankful to have been able to record this song with John Agnello, who’s work we adore, at Electrical Audio, a Chicago institution. Recording this song was a dream experience for us, and John has become a very trusted mentor.”

2022 will see much more from Horsegirl.


“Horsegirl are first and foremost music fans…If anything, the hardest part of breaking out into the national music scene is comprehending that their band exists in the same realm as bands they adore.” – Stereogum, Best of What’s Next


“Guitarists Lowenstein and Cheng’s sleep-smeared murmurs stumble into each other atop Reece’s steady drum work. The words and phrases that float to the surface sound like entries in a haunted dream journal” – Pitchfork


“Chicago is positively teeming with young talent…But no artist has introduced themselves more strongly and with greater immediacy than the arty, wise-beyond-their-years nu-gazers of Horsegirl.” – NME