All Girl Original Rock Band
From the 1980s - Forever
Gail Petersen (lead vocals/rhythm guitar)
Roxy Andersen (lead guitar/backing vocals)
Doreen Holmes (drums and percussion)
Powerful rock with a punk influence, strong pop melodies, pounding guitars, a driving beat and great girl vocals. Numerous listeners have compared the band’s sound to the likes of The Pretenders, The Killers, The Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith.
The Catholic Girls were born in the 1980s 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 the edition of Doreen Holmes on drums, The Catholic Girls released an album on MCA both in the USA and Australia and also on a special Armed Forces edition by Radio Free Europe. 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, Renaissance Records revived the original album in CD format. It’s success in chains such as Borders and websites like Amazon.com led to rapid sales and an impressive ranking. Fans of the band from The 80s were thrilled to have the girls in plaid back, and many new fans were made 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 for The International Pop Overthrow Festival. In addition the Asbury Park Music Awards nominated them for “Top Rock Band of the Year” and their latest video for the title song 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. It sold at a brisk pace and gained momentum with college and internet airplay and glowing reviews. Then Little Steven (of The E Street Band and Sopranos fame) saw the girls play live one night and instantly converted. He's been playing Rock'n America on a regular basis on his radio show The Underground Garage that is syndicated nationally and internationally. Bill Kelly, a long-time altar boy has also been broadcasting the single on Sirius Satellite Radio! Not to mention hundreds of college, internet, and commercial radio such as WRAT, WNTI, and WFMU.
The Catholic Girls are ready to spread the gospel of rock’n roll from The Vatican to Your Garage and beyond! Their latest full length CD, MEET THE CATHOLIC GIRLS was released 1/20/2006 an auspicious day in music history. The front cover recreates the photo from their first record with the three original members: Gail, Roxy, and Doreen on a school bus but wit a modern, psychedelic, sixties, twist. The CD features15 tracks that include something for everyone. There’s punk, garage, blues, pop, a ballad that will make you cry, A Chuck Berry influenced song about Linden, New Jersey and even a little Latin but it’s all Rock’ n and Roll to thee! The CD includes full lyric sheets that read like any girl’s confessions about: boys, heartbreak, pain, crushes, true love, true rejection, freedom, cars, rebellion, New Jersey, sex, and breaking loose with a guitar in hand on stage. A tour is in the works that will include national and international venues and so is a music video and a rockumentary. Recently, Little Steven’s Underground Garage featured the song Rock’nAmerica (from Meet The Catholic Girls) on The Coolest Songs in the World. The band’s latest CD, Airplay/Broken Record, released on Cinema Records, and recorded at Roxy’s Room Studios in Zuma Beach, is being played on radio, internet, and in clubs around the world. Their sound is powerful rock with a new wave/punk influence, strong pop melodies, intense lyrics, driving guitars, pounding drums, and great female vocals. Maybe there was a time when The Catholic Girls set out to prove they could play with the boys. But in 2009 The Catholic Girls prove again and again that they can break all the rules and rock the pants off anyone, anytime, anywhere!