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A Dirty Dozen with LOLA BLACK – November 2019

| 24 November 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Denver, CO based Heavy Rock Band LOLA BLACK has released their dark music video for their cover of the 1990 CONCRETE BLONDE classic single, “Bloodletting.” Originally premiered on Dread Central, “Bloodletting” will be available through The Label Group / INgrooves Music Group on Día de Muertos, Nov 1st, Day Of The Dead. Lola Black has kicked and clawed her way to the forefront of the Colorado music scene. With a mesmerizing live performance and a relentless work ethic she and her eponymous group have become the “it” band in Colorado taking in 3 Westword Music Awards putting them in alumni status, landing the title of 106.7 KBPI’s Best Band in Denver and becoming the go to act for national festivals and other numerous radio events. Lola Black has performed at Denver’s largest venue’s including The Pepsi Center, Fillmore Auditorium, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater and The First Bank Center.” We get Lola herself to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our newest release is our spin on Concrete Blonde’s “Bloodletting (Vampire Song)” just in the key of Lola Black.  The song is loaded with ghostly whispers and there may or may not be a little backwards chanting moment tucked into the background somewhere. While diving into the song’s history I saw in an old interview with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and she said the song was inspired by Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles”.  Just a cool little fun fact.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I have always been drawn to music. I remember at a very young age listening to every word and every note of everything that played around me. It honestly doesn’t matter what type of music is on, my ears are just in tune to it and that’s always the first thing I pick up on.  Music is the focal point of all of my memories. I used to be a pretty shy person so I would always sing in private but started gaining some confidence when I picked up the violin in the fourth grade. I later found a love in dance but that was short lived once I was introduced to punk rock music. My path was pretty clear from that point on.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I love bits of everything. So my musical taste is all over the place. I have way too many favorites to narrow it down. I want to see the picture painted by all artists not just one type.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Again this question is a hard one for me because music in general influences me and I can be influenced or inspired by something completely left field. I’ve heard many times in this industry that “every song has already been written before” so technically everyone is influenced by everyone because no one is really reinventing the wheel here.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Shit! There are SO many people I would die to collaborate with or even get a small fraction of their time to pick their brains a bit. Since I’ve always said Chino Moreno in the past I’ll stick with him because I honestly dig all of his work.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe our music as a bunch of hot, sick but very relatable jams played by a band of assholes who can’t seem to quit each other.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Just playing that damn music. It feels so good.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’m usually the hostess with the mostest Lola (Vocals)-Staging the vibe is my jam. Crispy (Bass)- is usually the chef with Lo assisting (or just getting in the way/ cleaning as he goes) you decide. Stelly (Drums)- eats. Taylor (Guitar) – Shares his weed and always has the guitar. Birdz (Guitar)- is always late if he shows up at all.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Nikki Sixx! I tend to bolt from the people I really want to meet. I’m weird like that.  I held the elevator door for all of Sixx Am years ago in Vegas after the release of “Rise” at a convention and then had to ride it up with them. I was deceased! Not a single word came out of my mouth and I stared at the door until we got to my floor. I’m stupid.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Homicide detective. I don’t know if “dream job” and homide belong in the same sentence but I am a detective and justice seeker at heart and Joe Kenda is my hero.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I have had many missteps in my career. Mainly with booze and occasionally other substances. If I had a “do over” I would go back and cut the heavy drinking and be more present. I blame heavy drinking on many of my misfortunes but it’s a life lesson that I needed to learn.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Hmmm, I would probably have to hop on any one of Elvis’s records because I mean he is the King after all!





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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