LYDIA LOVELESS
Bloodshot Records

Playing Thee Parkside: Friday, March 28. One of the more buzz worthy artists to come out of SXSW this year, and should be a great show.

LYDIA LOVELESS is playing Thee Parkside – this Friday 28th.
Her new fantastic album, “Somewhere Else” is available now.

NPR Music included the new album as First Listen this week, SPIN had her in their 5 Best New Artists of January, on the list of 50 Albums to Hear in 2014, and Rolling Stone called her one of the 10 New Artists You Need To Know.

Rolling Stone called her one of the 10 New Artists You Need To Know.

The new album was also recently covered by Elle, Stereogum, and others.

“Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While her previous album was described as “hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart” (Uncut), this one can’t be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time around—Loveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre blinders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe, familiar place.

Writing from this new-found place of conviction, Lydia crafted 10 songs that are stark in their honesty, selfexamination, and openness. Somewhere Else is more elemental than any of Loveless’s previous material; it’s about longing for the other, whether that’s something emotional, physical, or mental, all anchored by her arresting voice that sounds beyond her years. Creatively speaking, if Indestructible Machine was an all-night bender, Somewhere Else is the forlorn twilight of the next day, when that creeping nostalgia has you looking back for someone, something, or just…anything.

On their fourth overall release, Loveless and Co. (Ben Lamb on bass, Todd May on guitar and vocals, and new drummer Nick German) have coalesced into a band with a broad rock ‘n’ roll range, after a couple years spent performing everywhere from rowdy festivals to pin-drop quiet dinner sets. Without ditching the ribald, spit-in-your-eye attitude of her previous recordings, Loveless travels into some parallel-universe, roots-born Exile In Guyville territory. These are songs that find her asserting stylistic choices, while baring themes of insatiable desire, unrequited emotion, and mistake making on life’s crooked, fucked-up path. The barely insinuating “Head” moves with strutting tambourine and a double-coated guitar sound that’s simultaneously crunchy and wide and echoey like a F-14 Tomcat in its hanger; sonically referencing both The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and the sharp-edged jangle of Lower East Side NYC punk. As she builds to the chorus harmonies, Loveless’s voice quivers from overwhelming power and knee-buckling resentment: “’Cause I know the sooner I go to sleep the sooner I can dream/Well maybe if I get lucky tonight, you’ll be there waitin’, ready for me, anything.”

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