The next few weeks will certainly be a busy time for indie-rock group, Lady Brett Ashley. They are a four piece band based out of St. John’s and will be performing at various events over the next month to help promote their new album, Fault Lines. This past week, the Muse had the opportunity to speak with lead singer Heather Nolan all about the band and their new album.
What inspired you to get into music?
A lot of factors inspired me in early teenage dabblings. Seeing my favourite band, Stars, at 16 in Montreal was a huge push factor. Seeing your favourite musicians playing, watching what they are actually doing (it looked so easy!) puts such a human element to what you hear through speakers and headphones… It took a lot of inspiring to finally get my shit together.
How did Lady Brett Ashley come to be?
Lady Brett Ashley was the moniker I started using for my solo RPM albums back in 2011, because I was still too shy about my songs to sign my own name. When I started playing as a trio with Allie Duff and Darhen Sing in 2013, all the songs we played came from those RPM albums so we kept the name. Since then, the lineup has shifted and so has the focus of the band, but I always did like the name. Our current lineup: Brad Pretty joined on bass in February 2014, Phil Kromer on drums in July 2014, and Arn Smith on keys in January 2015.
How would you describe the band’s style of music?
It is ever evolving. We write with such a natural flow in each individual song basis that it can be difficult to pin the sound as a whole. There’s some old rock and roll in there. There is the indie-pop-meets-indie-rock feel. There can be post-rock moments, funk at times. As a whole, I like to stick with Rock and Roll, but we definitely do it differently.
With the release of your new album Fault Lines on November 27th, what can we expect?
The new album is definitely more mature than our previous material, and more texturally complex. Lyrically, it explores introspective themes: faults, jealousy, fear, bitterness, doubt, but in the end, there is a reckoning. Something has shifted but in the end we come back together, though perhaps not aligned as we were before. Musically, I think we have created a great mosaic of rock and roll through various lenses.
Will there be a tour involved to promote the album?
We are planning a promotional Atlantic tour in the spring. Touring in the winter from NL is a ballsy move.
Who do you cite as your musical inspirations?
Bruce Springsteen. He’s my main man, and has been since I was six. Stars, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Strokes, Feist, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Andrew Bird. I draw a lot of inspiration from seventies classic rock and indie folk. And I draw a ton of inspiration from this city, and the incredible artists making music here.
What’s next for the band?
Everything! That’s the way I like to look at it. We’ve recorded an album and an EP in the last year, so we’ll take the next year to work on new material, get this spring tour together, and hopefully a longer tour after that, and expand our audience here in the province. Onward and upward!
I love “Mirrors”. It has such a sultry late 60’s/early 70’s rock and roll groove. That song is a dimly lit room draped in velvet shawls, hazy with smoke. Eyes half closed, clinking tumblers of cheap scotch on suede couches. I love it when a song presents me with such a specific atmosphere. There are many moments on this album.