Photo: Natasha Austrich
Austin, Texas-based shoegaze, dark rock artist Lauren Lakis releases her new single/music video, “Terror Tears,” the second single from her forthcoming long player, A Fiesta and a Hell, which will be released in the fall of 2023 via Green Witch Recordings.
Lakis explains, “I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with our society over the past few years…the media propaganda machine, government hypocrisy, and lies, corporate-owned institutions that only seem to tighten their control as the years pass…I don’t know where the future is leading us, but I know that we the people need to start intentionally choosing what kind of future we want, instead of being led into dystopia by systems of power.”
Originally from Baltimore, in 2018, Lakis dropped her debut album, Ferocious, via Cavity Search Records, followed by her slowcore, baritone-driven EP, Sad Girl Breakfast. Produced by Billy Burke, both releases received national airplay as well as placement on more than 65 Spotify playlists.
In 2021, Lakis released her album, Daughter Language, via Green Witch Recordings. The album collected praise from elite media outlets, with 1st Day Fresh calling it “a rock gem…the music is equally as powerful as the message with an electric magnetism rarely found in today’s overproduced records.”
Along with touring throughout the West Coast, Lakis and her band have shared the stage with Ringo Deathstarr, Holy Wave, Sea Wolf, Peel Dream Magazine, and Drowse. The band sold out the Doug Fir Lounge with Coastlands and Pacific Latitudes, as well as The Catalyst Santa Cruz, supporting Flor & Winnetka Bowling League.
Laced with flavors of ‘80s punk and goth rock, “Terror Tears” opens on delicious layers of dark, hazy shoegaze textures, riding a subtle rhythm topped by Lakis’ dreamy vocals, imbuing the lyrics with Medusa-like timbres, portentous and mysterious.
A shimmering, psychedelic breakdown shifts the harmonic flow, followed by ramping up to swelling washes of blurry, reverb-heavy guitars, capped by Lakis’ spine-chilling, gliding tones.
Lauren Lakis has it going on! With “Terror Tears,” she delivers shadow-filled mists, highlighted by Lakis’ spectral voice.
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