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Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Present
with Rose Melberg
12/5/19 at Bootleg Theater
Lisa Prank is a true-blue romantic. In fact, “I’m very preoccupied with romance,” songwriterRobin Edwards admits, “and I’m always trying to figure out what the deal with love is.” On hernew record,Perfect Love Song, Edwards acknowledges the ultimate joke of love: that there is noperfect, so you’ll get tripped up while chasing it—but what else could possibly be more rich,more exhilarating, more everything, skinned knees be damned? Stitching together pop punkpanache and pillow talk introspection,Perfect Love Songfinds Lisa Prank not in pursuit of theflawless impossible, as the title may suggest. Rather, she’s interested in the entire experience oflove and learning through it. “I never learned how to be mad,” Edwards sings on the reflective“Get Mad”—but she did learn how to write totally gratifying pop songs about it, with the end of“processing my feelings, and hoping that other people can relate if they’ve been in a similarsituation.”Perfect Love Songis an album that takes a soft-focus gaze at romance’s sharpestpoints and edges, both the exciting peaks and the scary cliffs.
As Edwards was navigating a drawn out, Lifetime-movie level heartbreak, she found herselfdrifting back towards the home she had in her friendships. She moved back into her old room instoried Seattle punk manse, Spruce House, sharing a door with Tacocat’s Bree McKenna. She’dknock and ask McKenna for feedback on songs, who wound up playing guitar on the record. Toproduce, Edwards tapped old friend Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap. Melberg’s artistic alignmentand personal closeness to Edwards gave her near psychic insight into Lisa Prank’s sonic goals,but at enough remove to provide breakthroughs to Edwards at stuck points. It was a collaborationthat felt like coaching. She helped Edwards step back and look at harmonies, percussion, guitartones she may have not considered at first, but that helped her achieve her ideal polished-punksound. Plus, it was fun in the studio, with friends around, creating the kind of lighthearted,mutually supportive feeling one needs surrounding them feel like themselves again afterretrieving their heart back from a breakup
I love love songs, or falling out of love songs,” explains Edwards, “where I can seeone momentof the situation and know what the whole story is.” WritingPerfect Love Songwas Edwards’opportunity “to personally say all the things that I wanted to say, or wish I had said.” In “Screamthe Truth,” a gaslighting extinguisher anthem about reclaiming your sanity, she gets to be madon her terms: “I wasn’t losing my mind,” she sings. Says Edwards, “its about seeing someoneelse navigate the world as a very nice guy whose very woke and feminist or whatever, andknowing the truth about him.” Thefirst track, “Rodeo,” likens the searing, sinking-in feeling of apost fight realization—“‘cause ‘I don’t wanna be in love’/means I don’t wanna be in love/withyou”—to the dangers and desires of the spectacle of love. “By now I know/this is the rodeo Ichose,” she sings, electing to get back on her horse and ride, acknowledging the pain that’s part of the game.
I wish a different emotion was so alive and exciting to me,” Edwards laughs, “but love is justthe one that feels so visceral and consuming!”Perfect Love Songexplodes the roller coaster snapshots of romance in bursts of poppy neon bright color, with Edward’s cheeky perspectivepolished to full shine. “Lisa Prank has humor to it,” she says. “Some of the songs are really sadto me, but it's still fun pop punk.” And the mission of that genre, one could argue, is to keep onbopping along through the bullshit of life. To stay buoyant, to find fun in the big what-ifs andwhatevers. It what keeps the dream Lisa Prank afloat: as she sings on “Constellation,” “still Ikeep on hoping this is some perfect love song/and we’ll go on and on and on, and on and on, and on."
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057