Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke

It is one of a new generation of singer / songwriter, who has provided in recent years, the music world upside down and dominated. Meanwhile, a couple of years here, it has its sound now a major overhaul subjected and reports back with her second album: There is talk of Ladyhawke, which already caused in 2008 with their eponymous debut album caused a sensation and in particular in the UK and in Australia and New Zealand the charts had conquered. On paper, Phillipa Brown, nicknamed simply "Pip", turned out to be the New Zealand singer / songwriter as one of the biggest shooting star of the year and collected not only in their home several awards one.

With their upcoming album "Anxiety" Ladyhawke goes one step further and prove that it has the potential to completely play along the top of the league of international female pop stars: she has been working on the album eighteen months, the LP case in every respect their stamp. The result are a total of 10 tracks that want a definitely not go out of your head, when combined with catchy hooks and thudding beats grandiose synth sounds.

It sounds this mixture, so hooks and beats and synth sounds, pretty much on the type of sound you want from it, would. So we come to the new features fOr their second album: While definitely stood at her first analog synthesizer in the spotlight, just click on "Ladyhawke" So in those keyboard widths spectacular diving save their eighties models (specifically: ELO and Fleetwood Mac) once had staked out and explored, she trusts this time for a good old tool, on which not only the entire world of rock Roll is based, but strictly speaking their own careers: the electric guitar namely.

Because before they began by the name Ladyhawke as a solo musician, the New Zealander haute no means in any keyboard keys, but was known as guitarist: "People knew me previously only as the rocker," she says. "No wonder, I first played a Gibson Explorer, and then I put me, even a Firebird [two ultimate rock guitar]. I was always the one who played so heavy stuff on the guitar and made the meantime Solos -. You know, nice edge of the stage "After so with the" was toured Ladyhawke "album in Luggage for months around the world, wanted Pip now build on this chapter of their past and made his own guitar skills to the foundation fOr her second solo album.

It is no wonder that on "Anxiety" a riff chasing the next, while the magnificent distorted guitar carpets still lend their extremely catchy songs more pressure. A perfect example would be "Blue Eyes", clearly tie in the massive guitar bursts, a pretty sloping solo and a great chorus with "Na-Na" chants to the era of glam rock, as well as the sound of Joan Jett, still one of the most important models for Pip. The title track, meanwhile, dashing ahead in the chorus with a chord progression, which otherwise are only in the stadium expected dignity, while all "Black, White Blue "comes with the bustling vibe of psychedelic and garage rock prototype from 1966 - plus there's also a damn explosive Solo deposit.

Because of this emphasis, this experimentation and this sense draw for catchy melodies throughout the album, is one of "Anxiety" now the most exciting albums of the year 2012. Or in other words: even more tracks à la "My Delirium" anyone?

"I now times from the rock corner," says Pip About her early musical preferences. "As a teenager I eventually discovered all these guitar bands fOr me already even more violent stuff like 'Siamese Dream' by Smashing Pumpkins. I was maybe 15, and me this album is then blown away. At the time I got 'The Bends' by Radiohead in their hands, and the black album of Metallica I could e.g. also not get enough. And then there were still Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana ... At 16 I discovered people like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and all the older stuff. "

In an absolute dump at the end of the world grew up in New Zealand - she calls affectionately "Small Townsville" -, Pip came very early with the music in contact. As 11-year-old she was already sitting behind the drums, and a few years later she tried, for example, because reenact the drum part, with the Pumpkins songs 'Cherub Rock' begins. but not now on the drum stool, but as the lead guitarist of the band - with her first band Two Lane Blacktop she completed then their first appearances. (Should the later together with Luke Steele as Empire Of The Sun go through the roof) After they had moved to Melbourne, she was part of the duo Teenager, halfway into Sydney resident, and took along with her new partner Nick Littlemore diligently new songs on. "I've been a couple of years with Nick under the name of teenagers making music, just came here my voice never used," says Pip. "I felt as guitarist actually quite well, because I liked it, simply contribute only my ideas and otherwise more likely to stay in the background. One day I was with Nick, after I had made a couple of shots all alone in my studio - for that I have to say that I have never trusted me, the things to show anyone. He then heard but by chance my voice, burst into the room and asked: 'What's that? What you hear now? ', And I just said,' Well, you know, I ... ' "

"I had at the time already a MySpace page under the name Ladyhawke, based on Michelle Pfeiffer's role in a major motion picture from 1985, and since I had uploaded some first demos. Nick then said to me: 'This is cool stuff, you should make it more. Actually you just have to go into the studio and record again right. 'So we jumped in the car, and he drove me to his parents' house, where we then these recordings to a song which, although never become really finished, but that all began to fOr me because Nick supported me and helped me to take the matter very confident in the hand. "

This new self-confidence is Pip now therefore made from starting their songs alone with ProTools. It only took a few months until they auditioned the first recordings of their publishing company "fully over the moon were" and they got acquainted with Pascal Gabriel, a producer and musician with a wealth of experience: The London-based Belgians had during the acid house era worked with dance acts like Bomb the Bass and S'Express to feel like going in the years with various pop stars, among others, with Dido and Kylie Minogue to the studio. "He liked the demo versions so good that we finally took up almost half of the songs for my debut together. Thus, the so everything went going, with a few people who saw something in my songs, they believed in me and inspired to take the next step. Although I knew even then that I can write songs, but I was far from certain whether I would deal with it, suddenly in the spotlight all alone. "

After she had ended up with the trendy Australian label Modular and then signed with Iceland Records, Pip moved to London where he took together with various producers and musicians their eponymous debut as Ladyhawke on - one despite the many parties necessarily sounding a unified and distinctive Update the classic melodramatic synth sound of the eighties. Reminiscent of Kim Wilde's sound anthem "My Delirium" proved to be a mega-hit, and the album "Ladyhawke" even sold solely in UK more than two hundred fifty thousand times. At the same time it rained praise from all sides, and Pip was suddenly even as part of a wave of synth sound girls, "Chicks with synths", celebrated, which also includes Little Boots, La Roux and of course Lady Gaga were counted. Pretty irritating she found it that they should finally abfeiern even as fashion icon ...

Of course it was for our young New Zealander latest a dream come at this point in fulfillment, only she felt, for a total of FIVE singles from the LP were released and the plate correspondingly long in conversation remained, in the meantime quite geschlaucht from permanent tour stress and all the talk about their person. "I was like the proverbial animal which looks frozen in the headlights, but I already felt more like half driving over," she says with a sorrowful smile. "So I had the feeling that the spotlight had been too much for me." In February 2010, however, their tour ended then with appearances at the Big Day Out in Australia and New Zealand.

That pips second longplayer "Anxiety" is, for good reason. After their debut was been so successful, namely congested plenty of expectation on their shoulders, and she felt soon the clock ticking, after all, it was now to build on this success. "Working on this album was pretty stressful," she admits, "but I've distributed over quite a long period, thereby not completely going crazy. Just so I could accurately record the album, what I had in mind - and it's exactly so but basically always, I would say ".

Together with their old producer succeeded Ladyhawke, is even more intense this time bring in the creative process and the LP to put their own personal stamp. "I've always seen me in the first place as a drummer," she points out, "but on the first album I have only one track recorded the drum part [ 'Back Of The Van']. This time, however, I play pretty much all instruments: drums, bass, guitar, everything. Pascal has the synthesizers and keyboards Inherited, with one exception, a song in which I was at the piano. I also wrote all the lyrics and all the melodies and the arrangements we have then implemented together. "

Overall, therefore sounds "Anxiety" very much rounder and more personal, much more to Pip, the more accurately sets out their terrain here and show what they can do and how they tick. Some of their basic yet massive beats arisen for example E-Drums, but programmed with analog sounds of a "real", though old and quasi dilapidated drums, which she herself had recorded, whereby the beat carpets made somehow half as man-made, semi sound like canned. Your guitar recordings were also sent by various effects, such as also by a Russian Big Muff Distortion, exactly the classical model, the Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan and of course Mudhoney have sworn - not difficult to recognize the title of their grunge milestone "Superfuzz Bigmuff".

"Most rock bands, which I am," she corrected, however, "but also a trendy side, no matter from which area of ​​rock music, they now come straight. So heavy things from Billy Corgan sometimes were, we are talking about but of a musician who knows how to write a good pop song -. So just good tunes that you can sing "More Popeinschlag as in the case of the already mentioned" Na -Na "-Refrain with" Blue Eyes "is actually not:" at first I had the melody, and then I sang it ever into the microphone and wanted me actually still think of the right words to only everything was so catchy that the place just had to stay that way. "a very different extreme case is" Cellophane ", which from the outset as" felt a real song, "said Pip. "I had never written a so slow piece - so in the sense of 'now but the lighters in the air'!"

While sounding the melodies consistently catchy and positive granting Lyrics deep insight into the world of Pip and the developments of the past three years: "It turns a lot about what is going on in my head, which is in a sense the central theme of the LP. Sometimes I just feel dejected. So there were weeks between receiving phases in which I did not do anything and just getting worse it was, until I finally asked, 'Okay, what can I do about it merely' I have quite often afflicted times with fears, and I think this feeling only strengthened when you do not against controls. "that's why the title of" Anxiety "...

"Anxiety" as a whole results in a story that already have a happy ending - even though the album still not able to conquer the hearts of men (that comes then in the next few weeks, no question): "Since I recorded this album" , Pip concludes, "I feel like a new person. As if anyone would have taken me this burden from the shoulders. I made an album that I'm really proud; therefore I can hardly wait to finally perform with my band, going on tour and just have fun "with a smile she adds:". I can not really wait, again really get started. "

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