After releasing her first album in eight years, Pity Party (due 25th October), lo-fi singer-songwriter Liz Lawrence be playing at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. We caught up with her to find out what she’s been doing, as well as which celebrity nearly ran her over…
It’s been a while since your debut album was released, tell us what you’ve been up to since then.
Absolutely all sorts, from playing in people’s houses to touring with Bombay Bicycle Club to making electro pop, doing filing in an accountancy office, surviving, hustling, got a hair cut.
You’re back with a new record this year, tell us about the making of the album.
It was a DIY process, I wrote and produced it myself over a period of about a year, working out of different flats and places, gave myself time and space to just really get to know myself again and make something that felt representative of where I’m at.
Tell us something really interesting about you, that isn’t to do with music.
This is starting to feel like a date!
What’s your karaoke song?
I was on a night out in San Francisco the other day and we went to a karaoke bar and it reminded that I really need to prepare a go-to. I ended up doing ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Richie quite terribly.
What’s your weirdest celebrity encounter?
Grace Jones’ limousine nearly ran me over.
If you could have a meal with three musicians, dead or alive, who would you pick?
Joe Strummer, Dusty Springfield, Annie Clark
What obscure item would you turn into official merch if you could?
I would bottle up the feeling of waking up in a new city, with no 4G and going to look for coffee.
If you had a mascot on stage with you, what would the mascot be and what’s its name?
My dog – she’s called Lyra like from the Phillip Pullman book.
You’ve got loads of shows coming up, including a huge tour with Bombay Bicycle Club. How excited are you for that tour?
I’m just finishing off a US tour with BBC guys and the vibes are high, so I can safely say it’ll be something else.
Following that, you’re back in Manchester for a headline show at Deaf Institute, what can people expect from your headline shows, why should they come?
It’s generous, self-aware, honest and I don’t play for too long.interview / liz lawrence