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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…Loveless’s set had plenty of swagger and twang — punk-inflected and country-infused, fortified with a few swigs of Jim Beam. She doesn’t cram her experiences of loss and love into a country princess package. There are plenty of suppliers of anodyne countrified pop, and Lydia Loveless ain’t one of ‘em. Her album, Somewhere Else, is the proof.
Over the course of three studio albums, Loveless’s music has evolved from a more classic country aesthetic with banjos, fiddles, and pedal steel, to grittier, more muscular offerings fleshed out with electric guitar and keyboard. From “Really Want To See You” and “Head” to “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud,” Loveless covers the spectrum, cussing and spitting out sexual innuendo at times, and at other times, talking about love with reference to French poets and lovers Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, who were equal parts brilliant and volatile (spoiler alert: Verlaine really did shoot Rimbaud).
It’s as if Loveless spent her tender years reading highbrow literature and penning lyrics between sets, whiskey shots, and parking lot brawls at bars on the wrong side of town. This is good stuff — give her a listen and buy her music…
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By Neph Basedow Mon., May 26 2014 at 6:00 AM
Lydia Loveless is animalistic. She’s fickle and she’s wild. Sometimes, the Ohio-bred farm girl is charming and almost vulnerable — but that “purr” is almost always closely trailed by a razor-sharp hiss.
Her contradictions don’t end there; Loveless’ powerhouse voice and lyrical insight also defy her tender age.
“When people first see me,” Loveless says, during a recent phone call, “they often say, ‘I was expecting an old, tall woman!’ But I’m 5 feet tall and 23 years old,” she corrects. “I guess we all have our visions of people.”
Seeing Loveless in-concert quickly debunks any “old” misconception; onstage, she has the uninhibited energy that only a 23-year-old could have.
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