Photo by Andrea Garcia
Lauren Burton is a force of womanhood. In person, she is an unapologetic, razor-tongued feminist and a stalwart champion of social justice and Austin’s music scene. Her powerful aura and agenda translate seamlessly to Lola Tried, an excellent rock-and-roll outfit that sometimes waxes a little pop-punk and other times a bit more power pop. Regardless of the song’s subject matter, Burton has an uncanny ability to tell an interesting story and pen music to it that’s contagiously catchy without being at all pedestrian. Sometimes that story is about depression, sometimes it’s about being angry and exhausted (heard that), and other times it’s just a cool story. Picking one song to showcase from their debut full-length is difficult; each track has that “no wait, this is my favorite song…” quality, exemplifying the incredible talent bubbling from Austin’s underground music scene. Speaking in metaphors and exploding with momentum, “Steam” sits squarely in the power-pop category. Check your pulse; it’s about to spike.
“Steam” appears on Lola Tried, out now. Check out Lola Tried’s recent Studio 1A here.
You can catch Lola Tried today at 5PM at Waterloo Records, and at their album release show tonight at Hotel Vegas sharing a bill with Blushing, Duncan Fellows, and Ringo Deathstar.
-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli