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INTERVIEW: Lizzy Rose

Hi Lizzy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey thanks for having me. I’m well!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Walk the Walk (You’re A Whore)”?

I would love to….

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote this song after being rejected by a love interest. I was beginning to come to a point in my life where I was recognizing the pattern I seemed to follow with romantic partners. This song is about becoming aware of something that needed changing- getting real- and moving on.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

 The video was shot in 24 hours which ended with a 2am drive into the desert of eastern Washington. I wanted it to be ironic and light-hearted juxtaposing the message of “YOURE A WHORE”. I saw a feminist cooking show in my mind whenever I pictured a video for this song. A passive-aggressive pay-back to that guy that tramples your heart over and over again.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

The album is actually named “Crocodile Tears”.

How was the recording and writing process?

Amazing. I wrote the album while staying at my aunts haunted B&B on Vancouver Island in Canada. For 7 months I spent 95% of my time alone- which made me really question who I was and what I wanted to do with this life. I had these songs in the back of my mind that came out in the absence of all the usual bombardment that you have with a 9-5 job. I really allowed myself to focus on my music, which wasn’t easy at first. I could of stayed there forever but the Canadian Government politely asked me to leave after my visiting time expired. My friend in Nashville just so happened to have access to a private studio so I took my almost-deportation from Canada as an opportunity to record in Nashville. It took over two years for the whole process to unfold.

What role does Denver plays in your music?

Denver was my home for most of my life. When I moved away I felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath me. Losing that familiarity forced me to face many underlying fears which came out in this album.

How has your previous musical background have your new solo project?

When I performed with Vitamins I learned how to play guitar and keyboard in a group and how to listen to one another. I was able to collaborate fully with my bandmates- it was there that I learned many brains together can accomplish greater things than just one.

When I performed with the Flaming Lips I learned that really anything is possible. I remember freaking out to Wayne before one of the Dark Side shows – I had no voice left after straining it out the night before. We were about to go on stage in front of 20,000 people and he said to me ” Woman, it doesn’t matter…. You get out there and you be a freak. What matters is that I just got a picture with Dave Matthews”.

So I went out there thinking it was all over for me but the crowd loved it. I don’t even remember what I did.   I learned that if you show up and give it your all and you feel that connection with yourself and the crowd- that you are delivering and thats what being a live performer is about.

What aspects of love did you get to explore with this album?

To love is to be vulnerable with another, and that is what this record is all about. You have this role you play but underneath is just a child that wants to be loved and recognized.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes indeed my band and I hit the road September 9th for our West Coast tour!

9/10 Boise ID- The Hive w/ 2X2

9/13 Denver, Co- Lost Lake w/ Shady Elders and Anna Smith

9/16 Felton, CA- Don Quixotes w/ Stone Foxes

9/18 Los Angeles, CA The Hi Hat

9/19 San Francisco, CA  Brick and Mortar w/ Vince Dewald (Stone Foxes)

9/21 Cottage Grove, OR Axe and Fiddle

9/22 Portland, OR  TBD

9/23 Olympia, WA Le Voyeur

10/8 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theatre with Pete Quirk (Cave Singers) and Ian LeSage

What else is happening next in Lizzy Rose’s world?

My band and I are looking forward to booking some shows out on the East Coast by the end of the year, working on more music videos, and recording demos for the next album!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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