Oakland’s The Lovemakers to Release New Album Let’s Be Friends
September 1st Exclusively on iTunes and Nationally September 15th.
The Lovemakers are set to release their sophomore full-length album Let’s Be Friends via iTunes on September 1st with national retail hitting September 15th through Fontana distribution. The Bay Area favorites, fronted by Lisa Light and Scott Blonde, further venture into the world of rock where epic, driving guitars trade melodies with buzzing synths. Produced by San Francisco’s Talking House Productions, nods to the pop-dance philosophy of Blondie and INXS and contemporaries such as Metric and The Raveonettes can be heard throughout. Vocal duties are shared on each track reflecting the real life banter between these dueling personalities.
A video was recently shot for the first single “Love Is Dead” - a look back at the troubled times when the formerly coupled Blonde and Light were transitioning from lovers to friends while remaining bandmates. The title track best explains the current relationship between the two - that of friends who remain extremely close... even if they annoy each other sometimes. The anthemic “See What I Wanna See” is sure to be a standout track as Light - channeling Joan Jett in her “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” glory - makes her priorities known. Being broke and having fun is a hell of a lot more fulfilling than being miserable and driving around in a fancy car.
Let’s Be Friends comes after years of traversing the unstable terrain of the music industry. Last time we heard from The Lovemakers, they released a 5-song, 5-video EP - Misery Loves Company (2007) - with the now defunct label Fuzz. This was after they mutually parted ways with Interscope imprint Cherrytree who released the debut album - Times of Romance (2005) - with critical praise yet little label support. So what is a band to do that has no label deal? Write new material. Continue playing in front of packed venues. Adapt once again.
It paid off. Following a Bay Area show, The Lovemakers were approached by iTunes executives who encouraged them to forge ahead in DIY fashion taking advantage of the new direction of the industry. Though they remain unsigned to a label, Light & Blonde knew this unique opportunity would allow them to have complete creative control and keep the artistic freedom they vowed never to give up again. Add in the distribution deal with Fontana, and they were back in action.
With an outrageous live show that has established a cult-like following, The Lovemakers have begun to confirm tour dates including a performance at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on July 3rd and a residency at Silverlake Lounge in Los Angeles every Tuesday in August. Stay tuned for details on a national tour as they head to the east coast for a handful of dates in New York City this September.
Let’s Be Friends track listing:
Love Is Dead
See What I Wanna See
Where Did You Go?
Everyone's Fightin' The Same Damn Fight
Wanna Go Back
Let's Be Friends
This Life Is Over
Hold On To Your Heart
Tears You Apart
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