Love Songs for Lonely Monsters.
Love Songs for Lonely Monsters’ first album
Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
For the first few shows with Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, guitarist Nicklas Parks handled vocals, but he didn’t want to be the band’s singer. He was looking for a different kind of sound.
“I wanted a higher range that I couldn’t reach with my vocals,” Parks said. “I’m not a fan of bands with male vocals, anyway. The male singers I like all have unique voices, like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, something like that. I have a hard time unless they offer something unique. I’ve always been a fan of bands with girl leads.”
So at one of those early shows Parks told the crowd that’s what he was looking for. Luckily, Amy Badger’s boyfriend was in the crowd that night. He went home and told Badger what the band had said. After a tryout, she ended up giving LS4LM the sound Parks was looking for. The band releases its self-title debut album Saturday at Vaudeville Mews.
“I had always wanted to be in a band, but nothing really panned out,” Badger said. “The circumstances just lined up. The only person I knew in the band was (bassist) Chris Lachly, but I didn’t know him very well. But it turns out everyone else in the band was friends of friends, so I may as well have been friends with all of them.”
The band’s album has been a long time coming. Other than a cassette split with Data Gun, LS4LM hasn’t released any material commercially. Despite that they’ve landed some bigger gigs like a spot at 80/35 and opening for Deerhoof and Bob Mould. Now that the album is out, the band hopes to do some “weekend warrior” touring, heading around the Midwest in support of the release.
“It’s something we’ve talked about for a long time, but it was hard to justify touring without an album,” Badger said. “We want to get the songs out there, try to meet new people and have fun.”
Parks writes most of the music for LS4LM while Badger handles most of the lyrics. The band played for several years before recording, so they had a wealth of material to pull from. But despite that, they still held back some new material for the release of “Love Songs for Lonely Monsters.” They’ll play some of it live for the first time Saturday night.
“I’m really excited to debut ‘Love Songs for Lonely Monsters: The Movie,’” Badger said of a song where Parks also wrote the lyrics. “On the record it’s just Nick and me and we’ve never played it live. I’m really excited to show that one to the world.”
Love Songs for Lonely Monsters
When: 5 and 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.