Goth Babe

Since his breakthrough single ‘Sometimes’ in 2018, Goth Babe (née Griff Washburn) has balanced his skyrocketing profile as a musician with staying grounded and living a scaled back lifestyle that allows him to pursue his love of the outdoors and the environment. Having spent time living in his car, a tiny house, and a camper van, all inclusive of moments of joy and unfettered freedom as well as loneliness and trauma, Lola—his new album, named for the sailboat on which he now lives— is a splendid confirmation of Goth Babe’s story so far, all those shimmering sounds and topsy-turvy life dynamics coiling into songs that look for respite and redemption. Pre-order for Lola is available here, to be released in Spring 2023.

Five years have passed since Griff first burst on the music scene. Now 26, Griff has, somewhat unwittingly, built a massive following with a subsequent string of two-dozen charmers about living on the road, edging toward contentment, and trying to define home as part of a historically unmoored generation. He recently headlined Red Rocks and NYC’s Pier 17, played Electric Forest and Austin City Limits. And he has amassed a zealous audience online, with some of the songs he wrote in his most trying moments racing past the 100-million stream threshold. But none of that is actually the point as much as a side effect of the unconventional life he’s managed to make and that continues to shape the songs of Lola‘It would be terrifying for my entire identity to be my band, because so much ego is wrapped up in that,’ he says of the rightful conviction that we are more than jobs. ‘That seems like a cycle of always trying to be someone you’re not to impress other people. I don’t just want to be Goth Babe. I want to be Griff, to not have all my eggs in one basket.’

Since founding Goth Babe in 2015, Washburn has partnered with environmentally conscious brands to share his music to the world in unconventional ways. With outdoor brand Arc’Teryx, he traveled to Iceland to create an original music for Creation Theory, a film directed by Ben Sturgulewski and Ben Moon that seeks to find the parallels between sport and music, and answer the question: where does creativity come from? The film went on to win The Banff Film Festival’s Creative Excellence Award, Spain’s Mendi Film Festival’s Best Soundtrack and Vimeo’s Staff Award Pick. The music was released in the form of Surfing In Iceland EP in 2022. With Kombucha brand JuneShine, he recently launched a signature Goth Babe hard kombucha named after his 2019 single, ‘Weekend Friend,’ with 1+ of sales going to Protect Our Winters.

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