Q&A Scene: Lo Carmen

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My new album is called ‘Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You)’. It was recorded in one day with some of my very favorite musicians, Ken Gormly from the Cruel Sea who is just a soulful and sexy beast on the bass, Sam Worrad from the Holy Soul who I have collaborated with for a very long time and a few records now and we just speak the same language and Cec Condon from the Mess Hall who just has the golden touch. Jason Walker came in and added some wild and beautiful steel and Dan Marando came and pretended to be a groovy choir of heavenly angels – I am totally in awe of his voice, what an instrument. Some of the songs came together in the days before recording and some had been itching to get in a studio for a while. The title track has been haunting my dreams and waking hours trying to get itself written for a couple of years. I finally let it in so it can go and bother some other people.

[pullquote]What, or who, inspires you?
People that do their own thing and won’t let anything stop them.[/pullquote]What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
You know what they say, all my recordings are like my children, I can’t pick favorites. But I do feel like this most recent album really solidifies my sound and embodies every genre and feel that I love, when I hear it I want to either drive down a highway with the windows open or lie in a darkened room on a Sunday afternoon and sing along, so that bodes very well in my eyes/ears. I hope it has the same effect on other people. It contains a lot of lyrics that make me laugh or smile, despite the fact people generally think I’m the queen of melancholy.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
Secrets, baby, I keep ‘em to myself. To quote Brenda Lee.

What, or who, inspires you?
People that do their own thing and won’t let anything stop them.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
So many great great lyrics in this world, but for some reason one of my very favorites is ‘And you, you just sit around and ask for ashtrays, can’t you reach?’ from Dylan’s ‘She’s Your Lover Now’. I’d like to write something that great.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Some kind of exotic vegetarian Mexican feast – thats what I cook best and and there’s not really much difference between making dinner and making a record – you just put your heart and your imagination into it along with all the best ingredients you can find in the fridge.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently in LA preparing for SxSW. I really love playing with a band but I’ve always played solo shows too and I’m just trying to ‘work on my act’ a bit. I now have tambourine shoes so, you know, look out Austin Texas.

What’s your scene?
If I could hang out on Cloud Nine from Bewitched, I’d be a regular. But for right now, mainly home rehearsing alone in my lounge room after my children are asleep with a well earned glass of vino.

About Lo Carmen

Lo Carmen Lo Carmen, the Australian lonesome electric cowgirl, has been invited to showcase her lyric driven ‘stark country-soul and shimmering blues’ (No Depression) at SxSW this March in Austin, Texas.

The Sydney songstress has been living out of a suitcase the past few years, travelling between the West Coast and the deep South, USA, writing songs and accompanying actor husband Aden Young, returning to Australia just long enough to cut her fifth album, ‘Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You)’ with magic musical accompaniment seamlessly weaved from contributor friends drawn from the Cruel Sea, the Mess Hall and the Holy Soul.

The self-produced album was released late last year on her own label Chiquita Records. “I like to do my own thing my own way” she laughs “probably to my own detriment but I’m way beyond caring about things like that. Songs are all that have ever mattered to me”.

Her dedication is paying off. Music is in Lo’s blood; her father Peter Head is about to be inducted into the SA Music Hall Of Fame for his work with seminal Adelaide prog rockers Headband and she grew up with legends such as Bon Scott around the kitchen table. Lo first came to notice as a teen actress in The Year My Voice Broke, and although she has continued a low key acting career since, she has been single-mindedly focussed on creating music from an early age, steadily building an ever growing reputation for killer songwriting, atmospheric stylings and an entirely distinctive vision

Lo is a mesmerizing cinematic storyteller, weaving epic balladry, country soul and psych folk in honeyed tones…a modern day Bobbie Gentry if you will.
Raw, lush and atmospheric, ‘Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You)’, is the Australian born/Los Angeles based songstress’s fifth solo album. No stranger to the SxSW audience, Carmen previously showcased at the festival in 2009. She is set to record a new album in Nashville later this year.

‘I could live inside the atmospheric Valium of this album, forever listening to Lo Carmen drip her honeyed vocals over meandering songs and cinematic sounds … true to all of Carmen’s creations, it’s distinguished by her ability to summon a decade-defying sound and wind up in a world of her own making.’ Pan Magazine

‘…maneuvers in shadowy and palpable Lou Reed-esque honky tonk realism with so much rare and raw individuality that it takes you aback at first listen. Then your eager addiction slowly burns inside until you’ve played the album on repeat countless times and you’re lost… a true storyteller ….’ Global Texan Chronicles

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