Photo by Scott Preston
After recording her forthcoming, highly anticipated full-length album (due in early 2014), Lydia’s creative floodgates kept ‘a-flowing. Who are we to get in the way of that? Thus, we’re releasing this little thematic gem to tide all you Loveless fans out there through the winter.
Boy Crazy is a collection of sun-washed, rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence, as one transitions from good old American naivete to you-should-know-better “wisdom.” These five songs see Lydia and her band roping in their signature twangy, pedal-steel-laden rock beat-em-ups and tying them tightly with the crisp Southern air of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and the snarling-but-sweet delivery of Juliana Hatfield’s heyday. It’s a summer set that arrives a little tardy this year, just in time to prolong those long, buzz-chasing July days when you hang out where you know you aren’t supposed to. This time, you just don’t care about getting caught.
Let’s let Lydia describe the whole rapid genesis of this little beauty:
“I came up with the idea for the song “Boy Crazy” when myself and the band were all drinking at SXSW and I was reminiscing for a bit about how a friend and I used to like to go to my little brother’s baseball games and flirt with all the boys on the team and people would call us Boy Crazy. When you’re young you don’t know why you like someone, you just have all this energy, but when you grow up there is less innocence and you get called all kinds of horrible names like “slut” if you go around dating a baseball team’s worth of dudes. It gets increasingly difficult to navigate relationships/friendships with others as you grow older especially as a woman. I wrote the rest of the songs in the month or so after that discussion, except for the song “Lover’s Spat” which I had originally written about Jeffrey Dahmer for my side project. We rehearsed for about a week and then went into the studio with a couple thirty packs and knocked it out. It’s my rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth.”