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Low Life Lolas – Grime

 

ARTIST NAME: Low Life Lolas

 

SONG TITLE: Grime

 

ALBUM TITLE: Anchors

 

RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Pop/Rock

 

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LOW LIFE LOLAS, fronted by songwriter Renée Parr, is a Toronto-based indie-rock quartet whose haunting, bittersweet pop songs evoke a hint of nostalgia.

 

 

It’s a record about relationships: how they shift and evolve, make us vulnerable, and ground us when we face the unexpected dangerous creatures that inhabit it.

 

In 2019, the band released their debut EP, WOLVES, produced by Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, C’Mon, Blurtonia).

 

Their second EP, ANCHORS, is produced by Alex Gamble (Rheostatics, Alvvays) and is set for release on July 24th, 2020.

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Tell us about your future music projects.

Renee: We have a new bass player on board, so taking that into account, we anticipate some fresh collaborations. We are striving for our first full-length record next year.

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GRIME is the lead single off the upcoming ANCHORS EP by Toronto’s LOW LIFE LOLAS.

 

“Grime is kind of my queer anthem,” says songwriter Renée Parr. “Every summer I go home [to Thunder Bay, Ontario] and spend about a month in the bush with my dogs and my partner. It’s about a dirty kind of bush, queer, let-your-hair-grow kind of love—embracing that, and going against any sort of conventional lifestyle or conformity.”

 

Anchors is due for release on July 24th. Recorded in Toronto with producer Alex Gamble (Rheostatics, Alvvays).

 

“ANCHORS” EP OUT JULY 24

“When you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, you sometimes experience a floating feeling, like you’re floating away. The things in your life—your job, friends, music, or your craft—they hold you down, almost like an anchor.”

-Renée Parr

 

 

ANCHORS , due JULY 24th  is a record about relationships: how they shift and evolve, make us vulnerable, and ground us when we face the unexpected.

 

Songwriter Renée Parr (vocals, guitar), along with bandmates Melissa Chiasson (drums) and Alex MacLeod (guitar, backup vocals) entered the studio to record Anchors in early January, accompanied by producer Alex Gamble (Rheostatics, Alvvays).

 

Things did not go smoothly.

 

On the first day of recording, Parr’s partner’s father survived a severe stroke while traveling. “I was actually in the booth and my phone was on silent,” says Parr. “It could only go off if someone was calling repeatedly if it was an emergency. So right away, my heart stopped. “The closing track on the record, “Secret Song”, was written in the studio the next day, while anxiously awaiting news on his prognosis.

 

 

Shortly after, the band unexpectedly parted ways with their bassist (since replaced by Jessie Taynton , who will be writing and performing with the band going forward).

 

The next session was brought to a halt by the discovery of bed bugs in the studio. “I was washing up in the bathroom when I noticed a bug crawling on my arm,” says Parr. “I frantically ripped off my clothes and shook them out, but I couldn’t find it. Later, I saw one crawling on Alex’s back and knocked it off.” The band members, cell phone flashlights in hand, gathered round the blood-filled pest on the studio floor to confirm its identity. “We squashed it, and that was it for the night.”

 

The global pandemic struck during production, complicating the mixing and mastering process. Nevertheless, the band persevered, and the record was completed…

 

TRACKLIST:

1.Grime

2.Grip to Me

3.Portraits

4.Washed Out

5.Sad Songs

6.Secret Song

 

LOW LIFE LOLAS, fronted by songwriter Renée Parr, is a Toronto-based indie-rock quartet whose haunting, bittersweet pop songs evoke a hint of nostalgia.

 

Inspired by contemporaries like Alvvays, Hop Along, and Bad Bad Hats, Parr places melody front and center, crafting memorable hooks that underscore stories of struggle, heartbreak, and queer love.

 

Through the lens of their Northern Ontario upbringing, Parr’s songs challenge the confines of urban life with allusions to the unforgiving Canadian wilderness—and the beautiful and dangerous creatures that inhabit it.

 

In 2019, the band released their debut EP, WOLVES , produced by Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, C’Mon, Blurtonia).

 

Their second EP, ANCHORS , is produced by Alex Gamble (Rheostatics, Alvvays) and is set for release on July 24th, 2020 .

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Tell us if you will change the style of your music to get signed.

Renee: No. We are happy with who we are and the way we sound.
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Elaborate on this song.

Renee: I often daydream of the kind of life my partner and I are striving for. Dogs, adventures, and a couple of filthy kids to drag along with us. Stating that ‘your grime is mine’, means I want this with you. I want the difficulties, the dirt, the good and the bad – I want the messiness, whatever it is, I want it with you.
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Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.

Alex: We have a process. Songs are first recorded rough on a phone and then built up into demos. We pass those to our producer (Alex Gamble) and collectively decide which will make the cut. The best tracks are recorded in the studio and mastered.
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Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you make sure the quality of sound is high.

Renee: We rehearse weekly. If we have a show booked, we rehearse twice as much to prepare for the show.

 

We take very good care of our equipment and instruments, keeping up with repairs and tune-ups as needed.

 

We don’t accept slots unless we have enough room to be properly rehearsed and ready. A tight performance is important to us.
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Discuss how to live a healthy life.

Renee: Do what you want, the way that you want to.
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Tell us if you are in control of your performance or you are still learning.

Renee: We’re always learning. It’s those little milestones that keep me moving forward. Where Would I be without them? Pretty bored I’m sure.
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Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.

I can’t recall a certain moment. But I guess I know it’s the most important thing to me because even if I wanted to stop, I would never, ever be able to. I can’t say the same for anything else.

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Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours.

Renee: The best feedback was from a fan of ours. They told me they listen to my music when they are having a hard time and are upset. It helps them feel better, and not alone in their struggles.

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Tell us your side interest apart from music.

Renee: I’m a big outdoors person. I love hiking, camping, and fishing. And I don’t go anywhere without my dog!
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Tell us the artist that influenced you.

Renee: The first artist that influenced me and made me want to rock the fuck out; was Hayley Williams of Paramore.
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Tell us if you prefer singing as a solo artist to collaborating with others.

Renee: That’s a hard one. They are very different, and I love both, but I would have to say collaborating with others is best!
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Tell us the full details of this song.

Renee: I wrote Grime at my partner’s family cottage on a child-sized classical guitar in the summertime. I get a lot of inspiration there.

 

The central theme of the EP is relation. Relating to persons with mental health, vulnerability, and difficulties that come with it. The ability to grow and change together and live with each other’s past and present traumas… You become ‘Anchors’ for each other.

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Tell us the organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.

Renee: I would set up a fundraiser for any organization in support of indigenous communities’ needs.

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Tell us about your mood while performing.

Renee: I am always having a blast. Performing makes me smile!
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Tell us the mistakes to avoid in the music business.

Renee: Don’t forget why you’re doing this.
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Tell us your opinion on smoking, health is wealth, but people still smoke.

Renee: Do what you want.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Renee: We couldn’t come up with a name, so we asked Facebook. It was an old friend from back home’s idea.
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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Renee: Grime is the metaphor for all the relationship’s problems and imperfections, for the unconventionality I’m looking for.
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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Renee: We named the record ANCHORS because it’s about mental health, trauma, and relationship. How the people and things in your life can work as anchors, in good ways or not…