• lucy's diary Rock Kicks (CD, £7.95)

    label: Blang

    Giving two impassioned fingers to a music scene littered with synth-led female singers, Lucy’s Diary stand out by playing angsty, cheeky pop-punk with big guitars and lyrics as raw and real as they come. Each track an infectious, emotive slice of life, a story within the bigger story of the album. Each tale universal despite their sometimes troubling inspirations, all glued together perfectly by Joplin’s gutsy, dusky vocals with the syrupy gravel of Kim Deal and the balls and venom of Courtney Love combined. Lucy Joplin (front woman and founder of Lucy’s Dairy) has kept a secret diary from age 13 after the death of her mother. The diary writing arguably helped save her own life given the rollercoaster journey from King's Cross that followed, marking a life as dramatic in adulthood as it was in childhood. Transforming the diary into songs became a therapy, a release from a turbulent life of homework in hostels, evictions and addictions, modelling and motherhood, rock’n’roll and relationships. After encountering the UK antifolk scene and meeting axeman JJ Crash at an East London open mic - and bonding over a shared love of late '70s pop-punk like Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Buzzcocks and Patti Smith, as well as the subtle dramatic brilliance of Love - Lucy’s Diary became a band. Shortly after they were joined by music producer and ex-Death In Vegas guitarist Ian on drums, turning Lucy’s Dairy from a one woman acoustic show to a live and loud 3-piece. After some time spent arranging the songs and perfecting each track, Lucy’s Dairy went into the studio to record their debut Rock Kicks with drummer Ian at the helm as producer. Tracklisting: 1.Not Your Type At All, 2. Jumped In The Sea, 3. Less Of Me, 4.No Be Good, 5. Rock Kicks, 6. The Party Line, 7. Dirty & Smudged, 8. You Can’t Come In I’m Dead, 9. Targets, 10. Song 1, 11. Porno Mags & Sofas


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