LOLAA PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “ALWAYS BEEN”
ANNOUNCE FIRST U.S. DATES
DEBUT EPONYMOUS EP OUT NOW
Watch The Video For “Always Been”
LOLAA has premiered a video for their single “Always Been” today via BrightestYoungThings to announce their first U.S. dates, August 19 in Chicago at Pilsen Fest, 25 in Philadelphia and 26 in New York, in support of their eponymous, debut EP, released this spring – share the video via YouTube.
Toronto sisters Lex Valentine and Nadia Valerie King emerged in 2016 with “Always Been”, featuring backing vocals from ‘90s dance icon, Simone Denny of Love Inc., and performing live in Toronto, supporting acts such as MSTRKRFT, Helado Negro, Fear of Men and Tkay Maidza. After performing during Canadian Music Week in Toronto this spring, LOLAA followed with a second single, “Spirits”, and a story on Latin tastemaker site Remezcla. LOLAA celebrated the release of the EP with a series of hometown performances, including last week’s Open Roof Festival.
King and Valentine had spent the better part of a decade as two-thirds of Toronto’s Magneta Lane, a project begun in high school, releasing their debut record at just 16. When 2015 rolled around, Nadia and Lex were ready for something new, and began their writing sessions in the studio with producer, Jon Drew (F*cked Up/Tokyo Police Club). Combining their experience and skill as songwriters with the cultural influences that had lay dormant in their previous work, the sisters found the warmth and colour of freedom that laid the groundwork for LOLAA – drums, bass, movement, rhythm, pop-infused vocals and no-limits songwriting.
LOLAA in its current form takes inspiration from Latin American/80’s pop music/icons: Daniela Romo, Gloria Estefan, Kim Carnes, Laura Branigan, Debbie Harry, as well as the discotheque era: Donna Summer, Bianca Jagger, the lightness, the elegance, the dancing. Simply put – it’s POP Music.
The project became a mix of all the ideas the sisters had in their heads, a cultural collide of sounds. King and Valentine are of Mexican descent and have always considered this to be an integral part of their identities as people. “The thing about Latin Americans is that our culture is so colourful. We are always smiling and laughing, we love to dance, we feel immensely – passion, sadness – we celebrate life. We wanted LOLAA to have these ideas at its core, no matter what shape the songs took,” Valentine explains.
LOLAA takes its name from the Spanish name Dolores (Lola), meaning “Lady of Sorrows.” It has been used in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. A Spanish version of the LOLAA EP will be arriving in the fall – details to be announced in the coming weeks.
08/19 – Chicago, IL @ Pilsen Fest
08/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
08/26 – New York, NY @ Pianos (7pm)