lovelytheband Live At Music Millennium, 2/21!
MUSIC MILLENNIUM – 3158 E BURNSIDE - 503-231-8926
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, TIME: 7PM
GENRE: ROCK | NEW RELEASE: “EVERYTHING I COULD NEVER SAY…”
“It’s OK to feel things and to feel sad,” says singer Mitchy Collins. “Lord knows, we all have shit we aren’t proud of and could fix.” That’s the mission statement of lovelytheband, the wondrous new indie trio from Los Angeles which meshes beautiful pop hooks and warm synths alongside introspective, sometimes dark sentiments.
Collins, the lyricist, main songwriter and frontman of lovelytheband, was previously a part of Oh Honey (Atlantic/Fueled by Ramen), an alternative group that won fans and acclaim but petered out in 2015. “When my last band was slowing down, I had all these songs that didn’t fit into that box,” says the singer. “I was exploring new things. When I finally stumbled on [LTB’s first single] ‘Broken,’ I was like, ‘Oh, this could be something. I need to figure out what this next thing is going to be.’”
While Collins had most of the tracks for the band’s first EP already written, the chemistry between the trio sharpened their focus. “These guys really helped bring everything to life,” says the singer. “Once they added their parts and their own perspectives, the songs grew legs. Plus, we became really good friends and really gelled when we played together.” Price also added a level of production expertise, while Greenwald, a veteran session player, was instrumental in building out the multilayered tracks live.
The end result, “everything I could never say...,” showcases a band that has some spiritual cousins in the likes of MGMT and Grouplove, but carves out a sound all its own. The psychedelic pop of “Coachella” sits nicely next to the big choruses of “Make You Feel Pretty,” while the synths of “Broken” and the big production and surprise heavy riffing of “Strangers” feel strangely compatible.