“That show at the Bowery Electric was our first sold-out show in New York after quarantine. Eight people on stage playing to a packed house felt so good! I’ve missed that electric feeling,” says Lizzie & The Makers, lead singer of Lizzie & The Makers based in New York, Lizzie Edwards. on the energy surrounding this show that served as the basis for the live video for their new single “Bottle” (out today).
“The crowd was more lively than ever and the energy between the band and the crowd was pure joy,” she fondly recalls. “Bottle” is a hard-hitting alt-rock blues track taken from the band’s second studio album, Dear Onda Wahl, released independently on November 5, 2021 and produced by the legendary Reeves Gabrels and Mario J. McNulty (David Bowie, Prince).
Known for their electrifying live performances that have stunned audiences at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and 2022’s SXSW among many others, Lizzie & The Makers will play the 8th Semi-Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival on Saturday June 25. Performing on the Liberty Lawn Stage at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, this is a FREE concert open to everyone. She will take the stage at nightfall at 6 p.m.
For this first show back from the New York venue closure due to the pandemic, Lizzie & The Makers were joined on stage with some very special guests: aforementioned collaborator and producer Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine) on guitar and singer-songwriter Erica Smith (Edwards’ accomplice in the New York collective Murderer’s Row) and Rembert Block (frontwoman of Brooklyn cabaret pop group Rembert & the Basic Goodness) on backing vocals.
Lizzie adds: “That’s why we’re doing this. We all needed to be uplifted by the music and I think this video really represents that. It was a show I’ll never forget and one of the best we ever had.”
Lizzie says the idea for the track “Bottle” came one night when, quite simply, she was “drunk and sad” and it came to mind (in the video of the live performance, she announces “C is a drinking song.”) . “I saved it on my phone and sent it to Greg [McMullen, guitarist] and he wrote an arrangement to accompany the melody. The chorus talks about being a woman in the rock/blues genre, in music and in the world in general.
The second line “Tell Me How, Darlin How / Do You Make It As A Woman Or A Girl” is a small nod to “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. excerpts from Dear Onda Wahl, the supernaturally chilling single “Mojo Hand”, the dark “Lover By Proxy” and the haunting “Mermaid”, the first track to be released from the collection.
Recorded at Mission Sound Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, LP Dear Onda Wahl lays down roots, shoegazey and psychedelic layers throughout its core. “While influenced by traditional musical genres, we were also heavily influenced by David Lynch and Twin Peaks when writing this album, so there is always a bit of the old and the familiar mixed in with the extraterrestrial, whimsical and unexpected in our music,” remarks Lizzie. . Lizzie & The Makers’ debut album Fire from the Heart of Man was released in 2015, followed by the EP Meanwhile… three years later. A collection of concerts from 2017 Live at Rockwood Music Hall conveyed the famed visceral spectacle of The Makers.
Lizzie & The Makers is singer/songwriter Lizzie Edwards, guitarist Greg McMullen, bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman, Bernie Worrell), drummer Steve Williams (Sadé, Digable Planets, Keith Richards, David Byrne) and keyboardist Rob Clores (Black Crowes, Jesse Malin). Lizzie is accompanied in the live “Bottle” video by Reeves Gabrels on guitar and Erica Smith and Rembert Block on backing vocals. Dear Onda Wahl is available on all DSPs.
Watch the new performance here: