Lady Debut EP

by Lady

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Unpredictable and complex, the debut EP from Philadelphia band, Lady, forces the listener to abandon all definition and simply listen. The sooner you abandon the urge to define and classify the music, the sooner you will reside in the imagination of Lady and their enigmatic lead, the mysterious and divine 21 year old chanteuse Kate Foust.

Lady formed in 2009, when Kate chose to start the band that she had always wanted to play in. Enter friend and co-conspirator 21 year old, Liz Zook on violin and the layers of complexity began. Bassist Jim Scanlan, Guitarist Zach Poyatt, and drummer Ben Smith rounded out the ensemble and Lady began recording their first EP by December of 2009. Four tracks that confound and delight, leaving you with one clear thought - I want more. The players are all Philadelphia based students of classical and jazz music, and are each heavily embedded in the rich Philly scene having collaborated with artists such as folk outfit The Divine Lorraine, hip hop stylists Sela, the genius Virtual Virgin, Toy Soldiers, and many others.

"To the Heights" is a blues-infused torch song, with a rock 'n roll backbone, ebbing and flowing with intensity. Foust's commanding belt, along with Zook's violent bowing bring you in with a sense of urgency. According to Kate, "The song came to me at a time when I was at a very low low, it was the result of a very tiny idea of love in the back of my head. It's almost and invitation to be proven wrong."

Followed by this invitation is the heady and ephemeral, "Axe." It's dream-like quality bounces on an almost train-like beat, traveling through cascading strings and and lingering piano. "People often ask me what this song means, what it's about. It's one of the few songs here I honestly cannot give a sufficient answer. It fell into my lap and these images swept across my mind's eye. The main idea was to cut through the haze of these things, like an axe."

Not ready to drift off into dreamland quite yet, Lady shifts to a whole new territory. The third song on the EP, "Of Course," is a gently funky, almost surf rock tune that echoes Foust's sentiments towards the many gentlemen callers who happen to think they can impress her with a song or two. "You know, I just got sick and tired of the same old thing. I work with musicians all of the time, most of them gentlemen... and I love them! But when it comes to courtship, some of them can't handle an equal and prefer to be worshipped. They create this drama in their lives to make themselves seem more interesting and they just want someone to watch and clap on the sidelines. Well, I can't be that person... no one should have to!"

Lady ends the EP with it's title track, "I Think It's Fine." This old-school R&B, no-nonsense song leaves a lot of room for sly commentary and sexy guitar licks and suggests a new kind of "religion" - one that the guys and gals of Lady are making up along the way.

Not a bad little nugget. The eponymous may very well go on to be a classic. Word around Philly is Kate's the next great voice of this great town. And that noise you hear as you read these words is the buzz buzz buzzing sound that comes out of folks mouths when they see this lead Lady live.

Defying categorization is a hallmark of Ropeadope artists. Kate Foust and Lady take this to a new level, completely stripping the concept of genre and leaving nothing but the music. Much will be written about this band, but nothing but the music itself will capture the fully unique experience that is Lady.

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released 05 October 2010

All songs written by Kate Foust
All songs arranged by Lady
Album released by Ropeadope

Recorded & Mixed by Dion Lionetti at Fresh Produce Studios at The Fire
Mastered by Mark Peteritas at Working Man's Productions
Artwork by Kate Egan

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Track Name: To The Heights
You want him, but you don't know what to tell him.
He makes you feel reckless, he makes you feel stupid and helpless.

You imagine how crazy it will feel
with your heart out on the table
for someone who is able

To make you feel love
to the heights, to the depth
when you're sure you'll run
but you know you can't.

You watched, let all the others walk away
broken down by something, but he is not afraid.
You waited, you have waited for so long
to be struck down, turned out, and put into your place.

To feel love
to the heights, to the depth
where you're sure you'll run
but you know you can't.
Track Name: Axe
Thought I'd catch you on the way to school, tell you 'bout all the plans I got.
I saw a bird on the way to the bus stop, I waved hello and continued down the block.
It was hazy out, I could barely see beyond my sleeve and all of my suffering.
You were naked but for your cap and gown.
I was focused on the hollow sound.

Your outline now is dim but plain. I remember your smell and I hear you call my name.
To me it's like a four letter word, it hits my tongue and it sinks down to the curb.
I was layin' down, I was warm to the touch and I wondered what I'd do if I only had a gun.
I was dreamin' of a tangible feeling with words that give birth to these crazy imaginings.

You were ravin', crazy.
You were shameless, you were lazy.

Sometimes I feel like an axe.
Track Name: Of Course
Of course. He's looking for a wife, he's writing lots of songs, he's sensitive and beautiful.
Of course. He loves for you to listen to every word he says as if each one were god-given.
He's deep, burdened by his thoughts. Hoping that his troubles might amount to a piece of art.
He thinks he's found in you his sentimental doe, but it cannot be so.

I see it everywhere. It's as if I'm running on repeat.
It gets me every time. I always fall for it in spite of me.

So, of course. You fancy it that you might have the power to, to show him you're his equal.
But he, he can't see past himself, a young white male with all the world spread out before him.
He says he really wants to know you. Maybe you could heal his heavy heart
Until he wakes to find that you, you could see right through him from the start.

I see it everywhere. It's as if I'm running on repeat.
It gets me every time. I always fall for it in spite of me.

What he wants, what he really really needs is for a girl to be down on her knees constantly.
What he wants is some applause every time he thinks a thought.

I see it everywhere. It's as if I'm running on repeat.
It gets me every time. I always fall for it in spite of me.
Track Name: I Think It's Fine
I think it's fine that it's wintertime in the city and young lovers cover each other in make believe.
I think it's fine to have a glass of wine and entertain the thought that you could be mine.
But my darling, can't ya see my decision must depend upon its derision.
Oh my darling boy,
It's against my religion.

I think it's fine to hold hands in Rittenhouse Square and walk around outside when the weather is fair.
I think it's fine, if you're bein' true, to love somebody who is lovin' you.
But my darling, can't ya see my conniption? Have some mercy for my poor heart condition.
Oh my darling boy,
It's against my religion.

You see I have a certain standard I uphold in my life,
certain values I just can't let go of.

I know what you see when you look at me.
You see your good women, you see your mama, your Eve.
Oh no, I cannot be a party to your mythology.
Don't you wanna know me really honey?
Come on now, don't you wanna see?
And now that we're growin' older
All those tales we've been told
They are growin' colder.
Wy don't you think for yourself,
see past the illusion.