Video Premiere: Lydia Loveless, “Hurts So Bad” (Live in a Barber Shop)

By Marc Hogan
Lead News Writer
WonderingSound.com

Lydia Loveless‘s excellent new album Somewhere Else is full of cleverly candid, cowpunk-scuffed heartland rock. Previous standouts making the online rounds include the straight-ahead gut-punch “Really Wanna See You,” the deadly jaunty “To Love Somebody” and the French-symbolist transportation “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.” Oh yes, she also covered Ke$ha’s “Blind.” In a statement to Wondering Sound, Loveless says she wrote Somewhere Else‘s lovesick ballad “Hurts So Bad” “after reading a book about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton that kinda crushed me. The song pretty much fell in my lap. For the video, I told my stylist/friend Devan Ford that I wanted to look like sexy Jane Austen.”

Watch her perform the song live in a barber shop with bassist Ben Lamb and guitarist/vocalist Todd May below; former Black Swans drummer Keith Hanlon directed and mixed.

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Lydia, oh, Lydia, oh, have you heard Lydia…

Guy With Typewriter
Gorman Bechard

“Hers is a voice that can soar, that can break, that can swagger and scream, that can whisper and seduce, that can smirk and laugh out loud. She is the china cup from which Billie Holiday would want to drink.”

“Hers is a voice that can soar, that can break, that can swagger and scream, that can whisper and seduce, that can smirk and laugh out loud. She is the china cup from which Billie Holiday would want to drink.”

“the unreleased song she closed the show with, a song dedicated to her friend who’d passed, and called “High Life.” She sang it alone. It was sad, it was beautiful, it made me smile. And I couldn’t help but think that wherever her friend is now, he quickly became the envy of those around him. Perhaps even god, listening for those few minutes thinking that damn when he got it right, he really got it right. And no, nothing’s changed in that respect. I still don’t believe in god. But after last night I certainly, wholehearted, believe in Lydia Loveless.”

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by Sarah Smith


Lydia Loveless

It’s surely only a matter of time before Lydia Loveless starts making her mark in Australia. A darling of US indie music media, Loveless writes country songs infused with a snarling punk sensibility that’s been described as “Hank Williams crossed with Kathleen Hanna”. At 23 years of age, the Ohio-bred singer has already released three albums, but it’s on her most recent – 2014’s Somewhere Else – that she has really hit her stride. Loveless’ story-telling is searingly honest and in the tradition of great country music, often down-right depressing. On her latest record she sings about substance abuse, fighting with ex-boyfriends, and on album-standout ‘Head’ manages to turn a song about oral sex into a lonely lovers lament. Heavy.

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