**THIS SHOW IS BEING HELD AT OUR ALTERNATIVE HOME FOR THE EVENING: THE LEXINGTON, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB **
LAUREN RUTH WARD: Everyone remembers the first time they see Lauren Ruth Ward sing. Not many singers have that effect. The thing is, you’ve never seen someone sing from every cell in their being and well, it changes your own chemistry for a moment. You think, if she can be bigger than her body, why can’t I? And just like that, you are empowered. What’s better, you never expected it would feel this fun.
Critics have declared Lauren Ruth Ward as a cross between Janis Joplin, Florence Welch and Courtney Barnett. And while the consumer compass inside of us grasps at these to feel safe, comparisons don’t feel just when trying to describe such a singular presence as Lauren. Her debut album “Well, Hell” garnered accolades from NYLON, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, the Los Angeles Times, Indie Shuffle and more. It introduced this Maryland native turned LA transplant to a world wide audience. Viral clips spread quickly of this new phenom’s visceral live performance. Singing in the faces of fans, songs like “Blue Collar Sex Kitten”, “Make Love to Myself” and the soul crushing “Did I Offend You”.
“I have a lot to say”, she howls in the title track. An oriflamme of the tie-dye explosion of energy and emotion that was felt when she hit Echo Park. Fans and bands alike fell for Lauren. Many times taken aback that she would show up to all of their sets and even take her own time to promote the shows of bands she liked, building a whole community around her as this refreshingly supportive East Side music peer. Echo Park folk powerhouse Alicia Blue even released a song about LRW titled “The Queen of Echo Park”.
In no time, LRW was playing to sold out crowds in the US and overseas, sharing stages with artists as diverse as the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Shirley Manson, Eddie Vedder, LP, Shakey Graves, Liz Phair and even Keith Urban; with a growing reputation for stealing the show.
She’s recently fallen in love with the process of recording to tape, which is how she plans to attack album number three. Talent met in equal parts with work ethic and a prolific writing process that she shares with guitar wizard Eduardo Rivera. We have already gotten a taste of her new material in songs like “Valhalla”, “Wise Gal” and “Super Bullshit”; in tact with that voice, sounding just as visceral but even more focused and mature. Lauren’s music videos are extensions of her art and serve as calling cards for a woman that will continue to have a lot to say. From the new material already released, it is evident she will deliver these messages of empowerment and self discovery with honesty, beauty and poignancy.
This year, you can catch Lauren Ruth Ward and co. on their US headlining tour. And when she’s not on the road, she’ll either be recording with her new side project, Aging Actress, formed with Chris Hess, singer of LA band SWIMM, or working in her home salon.
Rock n Roll in 2020 really needs something. Thank the fucking Goddesses above and below for sending us Lauren Ruth Ward.
“We discovered this lo-fi unsigned band – which somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and The Black Keys – in a San Fran coffeehouse (just like the old days.) Quick, somebody sign them!” -ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
“The sunny sounds of L.A.’s Blank Tapes, who yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs.” -THE NEW YORKER
“The last time I saw him my most fundamental confidence in myself was shaken because half his set was songs so good I knew they had to be covers of bands I already loved, yet I did not know them and if I can’t even remember songs by the bands I love then why am I even going out at night when there are a lot of boring forms I could be filling out instead? But these were all Adams originals and they pretty much sounded perfect, and I even went home and listened to everything Ray Davies ever recorded on his own just in case there was something I missed but there wasn’t. He wears sloppy sweaters and his band showed up looking like they just rolled out of men’s central holding and it was the first best show of the year.” -LA RECORD
“The Blank Tapes. Full of lo-fi rock refrains you can get down to, “I’m Back” is the perfect tune to soundtrack your beach party” -UNDER THE RADAR
“Matt Adams and his band premiere perfect summer pop. The Blank Tapes are turning their sun folk sound into some of this summer’s best indie guitar pop, capturing the sound of golden West Coast pop like fire and lightening trapped in a jar.” -IMPOSE MAGAZINE
“Adams writes winsome pop tunes that snuggle up to you on the sofa and put a rosy glow in your cheeks. He’s a traditional pop-rock craftsman, but Adams also has pronounced folk proclivities, with many songs exuding a delicate, campfire aura. They go down easy, like the sun.” -OC WEEKLY
“The Blank Tapes songs felt like melodic escapism layered with harmonies – songs about plants, Santa Cruz hideaways, small faraway towns. Together they have good energy and stage presence which traverse into the audience. Both the performances on and off the stage were impressive.” -THE DELI MAGAZINE SF (voted Band of the Month!)