Baltimore born, Los Angeles based artist Lauren Lakis, graces listeners with her signature sound of lo-fi garage rock. Narrating some of life’s deepest and darkest moments, Lakis’ use of honest and resonating lyrics will sink into your soul, creating an immediate connection with the singer. The hand-crafted rawness of her sound bellows deep and true, unscathed by the prevailing winds of today’s polite rock.
Inspired by the challenges that life throws at you, Lakis purposely immersed herself into experiencing arduous and uncomfortable situations. Having looked up to fearless women as a child, the songstress was determined to live her life as real and unapologetic as possible. Wanting to discover what it’s like to lead the lives of as many different types of people in the world, Lakis spent nights writing poetry with junkies in abandoned warehouses, taught English in Prague and Tokyo and both a stripper and yoga teacher in Baltimore and helped as a mentor for kids with Autism. These challenges gave her a whole new understanding, opening her eyes and learning empathy and compassion for others which ultimately infiltrated her songwriting.
Following the release of her debut full length FEROCIOUS, Lakis is delivering audiences with the highly anticipated Sad Girl Breakfast. Written exclusively on her baritone guitar, the release exudes a darker, deeper tone. Thematically the EP narrates the resignation that comes with realizing the cyclical nature of existence. Lakis reveals, “Time passes, life changes, relationships come and go, and it just keeps happening in this perpetual dance until we die. It might seem like a bleak outlook, but for me it’s liberating because nothing that happens to us needs to carry so much weight”.
Leading single ‘Right Now’ is about the heaviness of the present moment, the constant energy required to operate in the here and now, how simple existing can be such a struggle sometimes. Lakis explains, “Malaise is the word that probably best describes that feeling. But it’s also suggesting that it isn’t a solitary experience, and that we can find comfort in each other”. Tinted with melancholy the single features, haunting vocals, dreamy psych rock soundscapes and gritty organic instrumentation. Written whilst attending a seance in an old dungeon whilst on tour in Washington state, the track is evidently inspired by the location of its conception. The visuals for ‘Right Now’ asks the question: why be a sad girl on Earth when you can be a sad girl in space? ‘Goner’ tells the story of falling in love again and riding the relationship rollercoaster, not knowing how it may end, but relishing every moment of it, despite the resolution.