Who is Lydia Loveless?
Oct01

Who is Lydia Loveless?

“They’re a band. They’re a band. They’re a fucking great band.”

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Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
Feb18

Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else

Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else Bloodshot; 2014 By Stephen M. Deusner  February 17, 2014 7.3 In the first song on her third full-length, Somewhere Else, Lydia Loveless goes to a party, does some blow, calls up an ex, and tries to break up his marriage. A few songs later, she compares herself to Paul Verlaine, the 19th-century French poet whose relationship with the teenageArthur Rimbaud was notoriously violent. On another song, our heroine drinks herself to sleep while dreaming of an old lover and his talents between the sheets. Never leery of casting herself as the homewrecker, the other woman, or the spurned lover, Loveless writes lyrics that are frank (“I just like it so much better when we’re coming to blows”) and often explicit (“Don’t stop giving me head”). Her songs are based in country, but she tweaks the forms and formulas of the genre with a bleary belligerence that is, more often than not, directed at herself. Her self-destructive streak makes Somewhere Else both a bracing and a deeply harrowing listen. Loveless hails from Columbus, Ohio, and she’s so far the most visible member of a very musical family: Both sisters are in local groups, and before she had to fire him, her dad played drums in her backing band. After a slick debut and a more countrified follow-up on Bloodshot Records (which earned her a shout-out from Richard Hell), Somewhere Elsesounds like the lyrical and musical culmination of a short career spent kicking at the conventions of alt-country. The album takes more risks than its predecessors did, showcasing a rough-and-tumble bar-band sound that dispenses with the twang in favor of barbed guitars and rowdy rock rumble. Loveless and her band recall the West Coast cowpunk attitude of early 80s acts like Lone Justice, plus the sexual candor of heyday Liz Phair. Loveless’ frankness threatens to make a her a novelty, but there’s some sharp humor and deep hurt here. “When I was 17 I’d follow men around with my head jammed way in their ass,” she sings on “Chris Isaak”, and it sounds ridiculous. Fortunately the next line is, “Oh, what I wouldn’t give to still be able to conjure up energy like that”—which implies that making a wreck of your life is preferable to doing nothing at all with it. Even as Somewhere Elsedescends into romantic mania, Loveless keeps her wits about her. She sings “Head”, arguably the album’s best and most urgent track, as though her despair had turned sexual. Loveless storms into the chorus, turning the repeated lines into a potent hook and delivering an abrasive guitar solo that conveys what the lyrics cannot. Perhaps...

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Lydia Loveless Probably Won’t Kick Your Ass
Jan15

Lydia Loveless Probably Won’t Kick Your Ass

She’s just passionate, but keep in mind that she’s also nobody’s alt-country princess By joel-oliphint   Who: Columbus, Ohio’s Lydia Loveless, 23, made her first record, 2010’s The Only Man, as a teen, turning heads as much for her powerful, twang-tinged voice as her salacious subject matter. (“I might be really pure, or I might just be a whore,” she sang on the closing track.) Then Bloodshot Records came calling to release her sophomore record, 2011’s boozyIndestructible Machine. Her band toured on that album nearly non-stop for two years; when it came time to record again, Loveless holed up in an office for a month and wrote “an entire album of very boring country songs,” she recalls. “I would go in there every day and have a nervous breakdown. I was writing all this stuff, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I just felt embarrassed and scared.” In retrospect, Loveless says she handcuffed her songwriting with genre restrictions — the “alt-country princess” tag. All the rock and punk that fueled her youth lay dormant until last year’s trip to SXSW, which released, as she puts it, “a rush of rock’n’roll energy.” She scrapped the country songs and entered the studio with brand-new material, resulting in the recently released Boy Crazy EP and February’s forthcoming full-length Somewhere Else, which supplants the banjo and fiddle of Indestructible Machine with further layers of guitar. The fuzzy jangle-pop of songs like “Head” and “To Love Somebody” would make Paul Westerberg proud. Family Feud: Despite being happy with a record she claims is “finally me,” Loveless was ready to say goodbye to 2013. “It was a rough year for my mental health,” she says. “I kind of lost my mind toward the end there.” Band drama is also family drama in this case: Her bassist, Ben Lamb, is also her husband, and her dad used to be the drummer. Loveless had to fire him last year. “It was really hard — I felt terrible,” she admits. “I’m really close with my family. Everyone was like, ‘How could you do this?’ But I think it’s for the best… It sounds mean, but my dad’s almost 60. Nick (German, her new drummer) is 30. He’s a lot more excited about touring. I don’t feel like he’s going to die.” Taking Things Too Far: If Loveless seemed brash on her first two albums, Somewhere Else takes her kiss-off attitude to new heights. A few lyrics gave her pause. (One possible example: “I never did want you to be mine, at least not all the time.”) “I thought, ‘God, should I really say that?'” she says, generally. “Well, yes, because...

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