CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

August 2008

LOLA FLASH Psycho

Emma Russack myspace

Wollongong has had some great bands over the years – my favourite being Australia's premier stoner rock band The Proton Energy Pills, and out of their shell, the mighty Tumbleweed. But that was then, this is now. So we'll move forward to the late 00s and meet a young (aged 17-23) band with the cool name of Lola Flash.

Lola Flash formed in the middle of 2007. The band members are Emma Russack: guitar and vocals, Alec Marshall: guitar, Kate Delahunty: viola, Paul McLean: drums and Jake Phillips: bass. Their bio says they play 'dark spacious rock, drawing on elements of folk, blues and experimental styles'.

There's something very curious and compelling about their two song demo. 'Psycho' and 'What A Night' come in at five and six minutes respectively. These are no mere pop songs aimed for a quick fix. You need patience and some serious listening time to truly appreciate what Lola Flash have presented here. It's not just the haunting and mysterious lyrics (is she really singing about the Hitchcock movie? Does she say 'free' or 'freak'? What can her mother/father/sister see? Why is she a liar?) but the band have an assured control over the songs. It's hard to believe they are just starting out.

The lyrics of 'Psycho' conjure up a lonely nightmare that envelops you with its pure and simple beauty: "I'm in the shower/thinking of Psycho/thinking of Psycho/thinking of Psycho/Nobody's home, I'm all alone/Nobody's home, I'm all alone/Woah oh oh." The music starts off economically, bringing in the bass and then the drums after each new verse. The Lola Flash secret weapon – the deadly viola – plays a looped melody before turning sinister and blending in towards the end with what sounds like screaming. It's hard to tell what is going on but one thing is for sure: this is an incredible song.

And these are just the rough mixes! I can't wait to hear the finished product. Lola Flash. A band to definitely watch. They are doing something very special. -ND

update: Unfortunately, it looks like Lola Flash have split (end of 2008). Let's hope Emma keeps on making music - I'm sure she will, she is very talented.

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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