Lismore: A crazy mix of NYC and Australia
Lismore isn’t just a sub-tropical city in New South Wales, Australia that is also a major regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of the state, it’s also the name of a kick ass dreamy euro-pop/electro-clash band that’s (for the most part) from the U.S.A.
My story starts like this: One dark, cold and lonely night, I’m trawling the inta-web for Smashing Pumpkins related wondrousness. Then lo and behold! Here is it. A cover of the Pumpkins smash hit 1979 by some band called Lismore.
“That’s a bit random” I thinks to meself, “I wonder if they are from Lismore?” After a bit of searching, I find that they are actually American. But after further searching, googling and other assorted forms of ‘looking’, I discover that the band’s singer is (while also being a total hottie) a born and bred Aussie!
Ok, so she’s an Aussie and they’re based in the States, but when Lismore crack the big time, we’re claiming them as our own!
But now my curiosity had well and truly piqued. I had to know – what was the Lismore connection to Lismore. LNaP tracked down Penelope from the band, strapped her to a chair, shone a bright light in her face and interrogated her on behalf of the band.
Loud Noise and Pictures: First off – I’ve gotta ask about Penelope. What are your ties to Australia? Are you actually from Lismore?
Penelope: I was born in Sydney and spent all my school years in Lismore. Since then, there are no more ties to the area. All my family are based in Brisbane/Hobart/Perth but I live in NYC. When I mentioned the name to Stephen as a possible name for our project he said “What is Lismore?” and therefore we agreed upon it, as it appeared some kind of random word. No one in America knows of Lismore the town in NSW. 🙂
LNaP: How did the partnership with Stephen happen, and what is his background?
Penelope: We met as neighbours and discussed working on writing songs together. Stephen was over Drum’n’Bass (he was formerly DJ Kingsize) and looking to collaborate, and to form a ‘band’, so to speak. He is a native Ohio lad. 😉
LNaP: I must admit – until I stumbled across Lismore online, I had no idea you existed. How is your profile in the USA? And how big are you guys in Australia?
Penelope: Here in the States we have toured throughout. A full national tour last year, a Canadian tour and East coast tour previous to that, and a West Coast tour in May this year and we just got back from the Midwest. We are yet to make a physical presence back home but are well circulated on blogs read globally. No releases as of yet distributed in Australia (a few things in the pipeline though) Overall though, we get a great response here in the States, great crowds etc.
LNaP: You already have some wonderful songs up on your MySpace page, where does your inspiration for the music come from?
Penelope: Thanx! Inspiration comes from FUN, lots of it… and fantasy. Also love, happiness, travel…oh goodness, I don’t know!
LNaP: What sort of response do you get from audiences at gigs and what kind of reaction have you gotten from the ‘All That You Are’ EP?
Penelope: Audiences are surprised by our energy live! Often with recordings it is hard to convey how energetic our live show is. We get lots of folk dancing and ‘letting go’. It is all about everyone having fun. The EP was self-released and did quite well, but we are now looking forward to our forthcoming full length release in October (digital only).
LNaP: Past or present – what artists would you love to open/love to have opened for?
Penelope: Devo, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem, Midnight Juggernauts, to name a few off the top of my head…so so many more great artists out there though…
LNaP: Lismore is featured as one of 57 bands on the Buffet Libre 80’s Cover Project (covering ‘Wot’ by The Damned’s Captain Sensible) alongside Aussies, Pomomofo, Julian Nation, CSK OK and The Paper Scissors, as well as a host of other international talent – how did that all come about?
Penelope: They approached us and we said YES. 🙂
LNaP: Where does Lismore end and (the remix auxiliary wing of the band) LSMR begin? How do the two band entities co-habitat?
Penelope: It really is just a more DJ friendly version of what we do as a band. We enjoy working with other artists work and giving it our twist.
LNaP: You guys are penciled in for some Australian shows early next year, do you have any more details on where and when and what to expect?
Penelope: It could all begin in December but most likely we will be playing shows in January in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. What to expect? Hmmm, LOTS of energy, fun, basically a crazy mix of NYC and Australia.
Thanks a bunch to Penelope from Lismore for being a sport.
Lismore has a great sound that would really suit a support spot at a Cut Copy, Presets, Midnight Juggernauts, etc show.
So if you dig those bands – go do yourself (and your internet provider) a favour and listen to some of Lismore’s sounds on their myspace. Or their remix side project LSMR. Or do a web search for Lismore mp3’s. There’s heaps available to download online. Then there is the Buffet Libre 80’s Cover Project.
Or if you wanna be a bit legit – search for Lismore in your iTunes store.
Do it – go out and discover Lismore for yourself, then see them when they tour Australia!