Songs For Lonely Monsters opens for Hanwell
at the Vaudeville Mews on Saturday, May
26. Hill & Vale also performs. Show
starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $5. Show
is all-ages. |
Amy Badger has the best face in the local scene.
When the music strikes, Badger’s face is a kaleidoscope
of expression and emotion. Walking that tight
rope between “girl next door” and “wanton sex
kitten,” she’s a joy to behold on stage. She’s
equal parts Debbie Harry and Tinkerbell.
But don’t take that to mean that Love Songs
For Lonely Monsters is a style-over-substance,
one trick pony. Because behind Badger’s facial
gymnastics and heady vocals just happens to
be a really damn good band. A band, it’s worth
pointing out, that has attained a level of popularity
in the city that’s surprising even to them.
“I don’t know where it’s come from,” said bassist
Chris Lachky, standing outside the Vaudeville
Mews. “It’s surprising to all of us, because
it’s really all been word of mouth.”
It’s true. The band doesn’t even have a full
album out yet. They put a couple of demos on
their website (reviewed “Sound Check,” Oct.
20, 2011) and have since cleaned those tracks
up and turned them into a three-track EP, but
that’s it. And yet, Love Songs For Lonely Monsters
has a devoted following that grows with every
show. That popularity has culminated this year
in a wildly well-received appearance at Gross
Domestic Product in April and a spot in the
eight-band play-in for the main stage at 80/35.
They’ve also started taking their show on the
road, playing their first ever out of state
gig in Omaha just last week.
The lion’s share of the credit for that naturally
falls to the band itself. It’s hard not to like
these guys. And the music doesn’t hurt, either.
“It’s about emotion,” said Badger. “Sometimes
even the lyrics are secondary. Someone at one
of our shows may not even be able to tell what
I’m saying, but they know they like how it makes
While that may be functionally true, depending
on which ape is running a soundboard on any
given night, Love Songs For Lonely Monsters
is a band that thrives on the ability to weave
a good story. The band’s songwriters have a
decidedly literary bent, and that shows up all
over the band’s footprint — even in the name
“The (name) was inspired by the movie ‘The Bride
of Frankenstein,’ ” said guitarist Nick Parks.
“When Frankenstein’s Monster is lured into a
blind man’s cabin in the woods and is befriended
and has a brief moment of happiness before resuming
the role of the hated and hunted abomination
that he is.”
“It’s a funny and sweet moment that goes terribly
wrong,” added Badger. “(It) evokes a sense of
empathy… I think that’s something we really
try to capture when we’re writing the music.
Especially in the lyrics.”
When you hear the band’s infectious brand of
sugar pop rock for the first time, what’s clear
is that they’re talented and fun. But it’s the
second or third time ’round when the nuances
within the band become apparent.
“I do most of the songwriting,” said Parks.
“But Amy will offer input… (she’s) a published
poet, and so am I, so there’s a good feel for
Whether it’s the lyric dexterity inherent in
“Ganglion Sister” or a line as simple as “Hail
to the lightning bug/la la la la,” these Lonely
Monsters definitely have a feel for their music,
and it’s infectious. CV