Creepin and Reekin With Lydia Loveless

by Rev. Dan Jackson Published May 2014
illustration by Brent Houzenga

 

With three separate releases—Boy Crazy (EP), Somewhere Else (LP), and the single “Mile High” b/w “Blind”—all jammed into the last six months, Lydia Loveless has been everywhere at once. She was kind enough to chat with me about nervous breakdowns, maturing as an artist, and the importance of your neighborhood record store.

 

The first thing I want to ask is: do you ever get tired of dragging around your enormous set of shiny brass testicles?

 

[Laughing] Oh, I don’t know. I’m pretty proud of them! I like to show them off.

Nothing wrong with that. Record Store Day was just the other day and you released an original single,“Mile High,” with a cover of Ke$ha’s “Blind” on the other side. The cover seems to be getting more attention than the original tune.

We kind of expected that, actually.

But the thing that catches me about it is that when you sing “Blind,” you make it sound like you wrote it yourself.

I mean, obviously it’s a very produced pop song, so I wanted to just take it and despoil it for what it is: just a pretty, sad song.

Read more of this interview at: Creepin’ and Reekin With Lydia Loveless – Antigravity Magazine

New merch!

Hi everyone,
I wanted to direct your attention to our merch section and check out some new t-shirts we have up. One I am particularly excited about is the one based on my song “Wine Lips”. My friend Shane Sweeney (bass player from the band Two Cow Garage/talented songwriter/T-SHIRT DESIGNER?!) did this one. About a year ago he started this thing called “Morning Songs”, where he draws a picture of whatever song’s stuck in his head that morning. It’s perdy awesome, check it out

It’s finally warm and sunny (for the next five minutes) in grey old Columbus, Ohio, but I’m binging on Joy Division and writing depressing poetry. I’ve quit smoking, so I have nothing to rely on in my time of need except my guitar, my piano, and a thrift store copy of Valley of the Dolls. Have I turned back into a teenager? Find out in our next episode!

In seriousness, I am getting pretty stoked about our upcoming tour with the Old 97′s. Check the tour schedule and see if we’ll be near you! If not, just be patient and I’ll come see you sometime this year…

xoxo
Lydia

Lydia Loveless on Her New Album, Escaping the Pigeonhole, and Her Love of Classic Rock

All Grown Up
Apr 10, 2014 By Frank Valish

When one thinks of Lydia Loveless, Fleetwood Mac isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The 20-something Ohio-born country punk has filled three albums with her own particular brand of Americana-laced rock and roll and, as her blistering live shows can attest, she doesn’t exactly hew to the Stevie Nicks style of flowing gowns and mystic balladry. However, on her third album, Somewhere Else, Loveless evidences a new, more sophisticated side. Lyrics are more nuanced. Guitar playing is more developed. Themes of drinking and sexual innuendo are (gasp!) toned down. The title track even echoes Fleetwood Mac, resembling “Dreams” from that band’s legendary Rumours. Time will tell whether Somewhere Else approaches such legendary status, but for now, suffice it to say that with this album, Loveless has created her masterpiece. She sat down with Under the Radarjust prior to the album’s release to discuss artistic growth, the dangers of being pigeonholed, and why she’s still obsessed with the innuendo.

Frank Valish (Under the Radar): What’s the build up like, waiting for the record to be released and the tour to start? Are you able to relax, or is it anxiety-provoking?

Lydia Loveless: It’s very much anxiety-provoking. But I’m just a super-anxious person anyway. But I think lately it’s been pretty bad. I’ve been waking up and wanting to throw up, and I had no idea why. I think I just realized as you asked that question why that keeps happening to me. Just thinking about how I’m going to be in a van for six weeks with no escape from the people that are also in the van with me is anxiety-inducing.

When and where did you write the songs on this album? Did you write them when you were touring?

I would say it was about half and half. I’m constantly touring, so probably a lot of them were written on tour. But I would say that this is the most I’ve ever written while actually on the road. I wrote a lot of them while at SXSW.

I read that you’ve said that these songs came very quickly for you. Is that different from how it was for you when you wrote Indestructible Machine?

Not particularly. I think I always have a big writing spurt right before I go into the studio. It’s almost like I have to give myself a deadline and then just book the time and hope for the best. [Laughs]

Read the rest of this interview here: Under The Radar Magazine