Balls-to-the-wall, sweat-till-you-fall is the idea behind Lola Tried’s self-titled debut LP. The gritty, garage rock quartet has successfully captured the raw, endorphin-boosting intensity of their live performances and injected it into the 10-track power rock project. Gone is the subtle sweetness of the band’s 2017 Popsicle Queen; in its place a much more aggressive and grungy Lola Tried complete with fuzzy guitar distortion, ‘Grohl-ish’ driving percussion and sassy vocals. Fiery frontwoman, Lauren Burton, carves a comfortable spot for herself somewhere between Allison Crutchfield and Allison Wolfe with emphatic vocal mood swings that flip from delicate and tender to fierce and raging at a moment’s notice. From the scorching, riot grrrl howls of ‘All Sides’ to the southern twang of punky-tonk stomper ‘Katrina’s Number,’ Burton carries a certain swagger that proves she’s found her rightful place affront this raucous rock band. The album explores social anxieties with the introspective and fuzzy ‘Bummer Town’ and youthful romances gone awry with ‘San Marcos’. Powerhouse percussion and psychedelic, effects-pedal fuzz reverberate throughout the LP creating the perfect backdrop for Burton’s angsty vocals. From start to finish the album bursts with adrenaline and raw emotion. Lola Tried has delivered a spectacular punk-pop album that can blow out the garage doors or empower the downtrodden.
The band dropped their album on Tuesday with a crazy release party at Hotel Vegas with special guests Duncan Fellows, Ringo Deathstarr and Blushing. The release show was also the official tour kick-off for Lola Tried who are heading out for a string of shows up north for the next few weeks. Check their website for tour dates and additional info. Scope out some of the sweat-drenched shots below to get an idea of what Lola Tried has packed into their LP.
Photos by:Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt