LOLA KIRKE RETURNS WITH “BETTER THAN ANY DRUG”
Credit: Zack Michael
Singer, songwriter and actress Lola Kirke announces her sophomore album Lady For Sale out April 29th via Third Man Records. This is Kirke’s first album with veritable Nashville-based indie Third Man Records after signing with them last year. Along with the album announcement, Kirke has unveiled the Alex O Eaton directed video for the album’s first single “Better Than Any Drug.”
About the album Kirke said, “I am over the moon about sharing this album with people because I just think it's such a good time and frankly I’ve felt a bit rude keeping all that fun to myself! It was inspired by some of the baddest women in 80/90s country, disco, and rock and designed to blend those references into the thing you didn’t know you wanted but do! Or maybe you don’t. But that’s probably ‘cause you’re square :) Anyway I just hope people sing and dance and feel powerful when they listen to it.”
Kirke stands out like a flash of neon magenta in this nostalgic landscape of Americana tin-types. While many of her singing, songwriting peers look further back for inspiration, Kirke’s sweet spot is decidedly in the excess of the 80’s. Anyone only familiar with Kirke through her on-screen performances (Mistress America, Gone Girl, or Mozart in the Jungle) may be surprised by just how dazzling Lola-playing-Lola can be. Just a few lines into “Better than Any Drug”, it’s clear no written role could reveal more of Kirke’s wit, lust for life, and sense of humor than this record captures with the help of producer Austin Jenkins (White Denim, Leon Bridges).
Scheduled for release on April 29th, 2022 the 10-song sophomore full-length album showcases Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and swooping, lilting, unabashedly feminine background vocals. Lady For Sale channels a high-spirited insouciance that feels invigorating and familiar, decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years. This is a party you’ll want to attend.
Born to a musical family (her father is Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company and Free), Lola embarked on her own musical journey with her four-track EP released in 2016. An acclaimed debut album, Heart Head West, followed in 2018. Managing to juggle both music and acting - earning acclaim in both fields - she began to split her time between Nashville and New York to work on her Lady For Sale.
Sat-Feb-12 Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room
Tue-Feb-15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Wed-Feb-16 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri-Feb-18 Dallas, TX @ The Studio at the Factory
Sat-Feb-19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Sun-Feb-20 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ
Tue-Feb-22 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City Bham
Wed-Feb-23 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Fri-Mar-18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sat-Mar-19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Mon-Mar-21 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Tue-Mar-22 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Thu-Mar-24 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Fri-Mar-25 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Sat-Mar-26 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Mon-Mar-28 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
Thu-Mar-31 Las Vegas, NV @ Benihana at Westgate
Praise for Lola Kirke:
“...through the smoky haze of Kirke’s rich voice, her lyrics offer us a hand to hold when we’re feeling these things, too…All the rhinestone shimmer of a fresh Opry suit, and the strong voice of a woman fearlessly sharing her darkest corners to hopefully shed a little more light.”
- NO DEPRESSION
“Her songwriting sounds effortless…exceptionally personal, witty.”
- THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“...contemporary, dreamy indie-pop and alt-country sound, reminiscent of heartbreak powerhouses like Angel Olsen, Jade Bird or Sharon Van Etten.”
- PAPER MAGAZINE
“Kirke's lovely and frayed folk-rock melodies sometimes feel like a bridge to the past.”
“Heart Head West,” (is) rollicking and guitar-driven, overlaid with her lilting, smoky voice.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Cutting a debut record is tough enough without a day job, but despite her expanding presence in television and film, actress Lola Kirke makes it look fairly easy….She combines candied melodies with prudent lyrics…(she) plumbs the murky depths of her register before floating to its peaks. "
"...Heart Head West is like getting a glimpse into Kirke’s diary. But make no mistake, while the album does flirt with moments of overwhelming sorrow, it is much more complex than that."
- NYLON MAGAZINE