Whether you call it power-pop or pop-punk…past the limen of rapid major key changes and overtly melodic lyrics…that uptempo stuff is inherently rooted in anxiety. Which is by no means a bad thing; the same way that the formative tears of a torch song tie us to a performance of such that makes us well up, when the excitement of a stage-tilter cranks up your heart rate, it bonds you to the palpitations that inspired the first pen stroke. Which brings us to Austin singer-guitarist Lauren Burton.
Like the crux of an Atlassian elbow, LB’s carried her affably uncouth quartet Lola Tried through the past five-plus years, which’ve included countless live shows, their 2017 studio debut Popsicle Queen, an eponymous 2018 LP, and the 2021 EP Renvers. But ever since Renvers, Lola Tried’s undergone a couple renovations. Although the core duo of Burton on lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist/lead guitarist Ray Garza remains intact, Lola Tried recently tagged in Dad’s Home drummer Jeff Stringer and Space Tan bassist Gianni Sarmiento for a brand new, locally-sourced rhythm section that complements LB’s fresh set of blonde locks.
This re-brand of sorts prefaces the band’s first-ever music video and a single release show 10PM tomorrow night at Chess Club alongside Dad’s Home at 9PM and Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad at 11PM. Following up this February’s “Black and White”, this new track offers a blunt rebuttal to those who bafflingly beg, “don’t you even care?”. “Don’t Care At All” hops aboard Burton’s endlessly-racing train of thoughts past turnstiles of staccato six-string, vivacious-yet-veritable vocals, and a striking song structure that’ll keep you interested throughout its easily-approachable runtime.
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