Photo Credit: John Savoia
Not too long ago Boston’s own Lady Pills dropped Pink Void, an album filled with music that pulled off two feats. While it could make you move your feet, it could also transport you to your sad place. We talked to Ella and Alison of Lady Pills about what’s exactly confined in their own Pink Void, dancing to sad tunes, and more.
Kendra: Between your first release some years ago to now, are there any bucket list items you’ve crossed off, and are there any you plan to get to this year with Pink Void?
Ella: Personally, I’m not sure I have a bucket list other than maybe being able to get across an ocean someday to tour. We will be finally going to Canada this summer for some shows which is a happy bucket list cross off for me! Other than, just being able to keep writing, touring, playing, and creating is lucky enough for me.
Alison: I don’t think I really have a bucket list either. Enjoying what we are doing and feeling good about it in many ways feels most important to me, otherwise, all of the other stuff doesn’t really matter. Being able to travel more would definitely be a bonus though.
Kendra: Speaking of Pink Void, how do you think your artistry and work ethic has evolved from when your last record dropped in 2016 to your latest?
Ella: Artistically, I think we have really found our voices both musically and in terms of what is important to us and what we want to be saying. I think our work ethic has become a bit more relaxed and level-headed. It feels much less frantic and urgent to work on and with our music than it used to. I feel like we used to be buzzing around a lot more and now things are more linear and calm.
Alison: I think when we first started the band we felt very inspired to complete a lot very quickly and once Despite was released we started taking a lot more time to figure exactly what we wanted to do next. These days it feels nice to be patient and take time to work on things and let them grow on their own.
Kendra: Pink Void has a lot of great stuff, but “Bowl of Stars” immediately caught my attention because the title reminded me of Saturday mornings and a big ol’ bowl of Lucky Charms. With that, if you had to compare Pink Void to a breakfast cereal, which would it be and why?
Ella: A bowl that looks like Lucky Charms but tastes like honey bunches of oats. Lots of shapes and colors but the flavor is rooted in something classic.
Alison: Hmmm, Life haha!
Kendra: You’ve often said you make sad music you can dance too. That reminds me of a lot of music that was coming out of the ’80s. Were you inspired by any artists from the era that brought us MTV?
Ella: As far as ’80s bands go, Siouxsie and the Banshees are a big one for me. Depeche Mode of course. I also have really been getting into this band The Wolfgang Press that is inspiring a new way of using the guitar as a texture and a rhythmic anchor, or even a percussive tool.
Alison: I mean I love Tears for Fears so much. They really know how to arrange a song and the bass is always perfect. Some other big ones for me are Killing Joke and Echo & the Bunnymen.
Kendra: Lastly, is there anything else you have going on that you can let the people know about?
Ella: We will be announcing our tour soon for later this year, playing a couple of local shows over the summer, and we are HOPING to record an EP by the end of the year.