Liz Lawrence has announced a run of live dates for February 2020 in support of her new album Pity Party, due for release on October 25th.
These shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow are the first with a full live band and follow her support slot with Bombay Bicycle Club on their UK tour in Jan & Feb which includes two nights at Alexandra Palace. Liz also plays her album headline sold out show at SET in London on October 29th.
The new album launched with a piece of pop brilliance with the single ‘Navigator’, the 6 Music B-listed ‘None of My Friends’ followed, before the recent single ‘USP’.
Watch the excellent lyric video for ‘None of My Friends’ below…
Swathed in 90’s nostalgia that will undoubtedly bring a knowing smile to many. The song itself is a frantic, punk-tinged gem and came from talking to friends, both online and in person when Liz noticed that they all seemed to be in the depths of some kind of emotional crisis. From its pithy opening (“I talk to you twice a year, on your birthdays and Christmases / And we connect over late-stage capitalist memes”) to its wry noting of our inherent contradictions (“Quit single use plastic / my low-key cocaine habit”) – it is a funny, observational indictment of our times. “I’m not saying I’m any better than that,” Lawrence says. “I’m just laughing at how absurd we all are.” The song swells and grows until it all collapses, to the sound of a dial-up modem.
These moments of self-awareness were the germs of the ideas of what would become Pity Party. Through a combination of personal experience and exploring what is happening around her, Lawrence has written, recorded and produced an unvarnished yet defiant snapshot of her world right now.
“I think almost every generation is scared that their generation is going to be the last one,” she says, adding, with a knowing pity party flourish, “but it’s quite hard to deny that it feels as if we’re hurtling towards disaster.”
She wrote six of the songs that make up Pity Party in just five days (while holed up in a dilapidated friends’ house in Cornwall) – proving that forcing herself out of her comfort zone and embracing a solitary existence – for a short time at least- reaped huge benefits for her personally and musically.
After teaching herself how to produce, she realised that she had become good enough to make her own music in the way she wanted to make it, on her own terms. She released the first fruits of this experimental labour throughout 2018, as a series of double A-side single releases: ‘Chainsmoking’, ‘Circling Numbers’, and ‘The Good Part’. But none of these singles are on Pity Party. “The point was to clear things out, reestablish what I was up to, and what I was doing,” she says. It gave her the space she needed to rediscover her own identity, and who she was as an artist.
Live shows as follows…
29.10 – SET, London
19.02 – Colours, London
20.02 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
21.02 – Broadcast, Glasgow