Lauren Lakis is a Baltimore, MD-born, Los Angeles, CA-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who may be best known for her stints in Hobart W. Fink, Slow Coda and LA Nova with whom she’s played at a number of Los Angeles’ most renowned venues including The Echo, The Satellite, The Mint, as well as Echo Park Rising and Make Music Pasadena Festivals — and as a solo artist, she’s played at this past year’s SXSW. Her Billy Burke-produced and -engineered full-length, solo debut Ferocious may arguably be one of the most personal material she’s ever written, as the album’s material is largely influenced by her own experiences, including the full and complex experience of grief while sonically her material meshes elements of shoegaze, gothic rock and industrial rock in a way that may seem familiar to some of my readers — in fact, album title track “Ferocious” is a moody and slow-burning track with a soaring hook reminiscent of JOVM mainstay Chelsea Wolfe and PJ Harvey.
Interestingly, the album’s latest single “Mourn The Dead” is a decidedly arena rock friendly affair as enormous power chords fed through effects pedals, a rousingly anthemic hook and propulsive drumming are paired together in a song that nods at 90s alt rock, complete with a bitter irony at its core. As Lakis explains in press notes. “‘Mourn The Dead’ was one of the last songs I wrote for the album, when I was beginning to reclaim my life post-trauma. As I was tapping into my own anger, I was thinking a lot about the systematic repression of emotions in men, and how it ends up usually only being expressed as anger. I make reference to it via the line, ‘All the words that we swallow, all the walls that you hit…’
I was trying to make sense of the hole in my bedroom wall.
The chorus is a bit tongue-in-cheek, thanking the person who left and caused me pain for teaching me how to grieve, before actually disappearing. I realized they were probably the greatest teacher that life had placed in front of me, and for that I had to be grateful.”