Liza Anne today releases her breakthrough album 'Bad Vacation', out now on Arts & Crafts Records. 'Bad Vacation' marks a new sonic progression for Liza, with a hybrid sound of new wave, art rock and 90s indie grunge-pop, it has quickly established Liza as a bold young voice in mental health and self awareness.
'Bad Vacation' has been compared to the work of a diverse range of artists from contemporaries including St. Vincent to Sleater Kinney and legendary art rock group, Talking Heads. Liza recently received acclaim from NPR Music who stated, “it feels good to hear [Liza] casting off the parts of her life that bring her down,” AV Club praised Liza’s blend of “old-school indie and Fleetwood Mac-esque melodic flourishes, with a passion that simultaneously evokes contemporaries like Courtney Barnett.” Paste described Liza as “freely electrifying,” with AVClub and Paste including Liza in their features on albums they are excited about in 2020.
The album feature track, 'I Shouldn’t Ghost My Therapist,' with its punchy virtuoso call and response guitar hooks and vocal line, showcases Liza at her most self reflective and comically self deprecating yet. Liza confirmed the lyrics focus on, “how we hurt people when we’re not taking care of ourselves. I was spiraling, anyone with a bit of care for me saw that and tried to say something but I was walling myself off to any real advice. Making an echo chamber of “you’re not doing anything wrong.” Nobody grows in an echo chamber.”
To celebrate the release, Liza embarked on a pandemic era “world tour” of her beach hometown St Simon Island, GA, in partnership with publications including Consequence Of Sound, Flood, American Songwriter and more. Watch today’s episode in partnership with Rough Trade, on IGTV at 1p ET. For more information -click here.
Liza has opened sold out runs with Kacey Musgraves and Ray LaMontagne, made her national television debut on CONAN, and won praise from Hayley Williams who asked Liza to join Paramore on their inaugural Art + Friends festival. In early spring, Liza Anne launched #EmotionalHealth2020- - a live mental health interview series airing weekly on Liza’s Instagram
. Each Tuesday at 6 PM CT featuring Liza with friends and collaborators including Shamir, Madison Cunningham, Courtney Marie Andrews, Caroline Rose, and Daisha McBride.
Bad Vacation is a self aware account of the emotionally difficult years that followed Fine But Dying’s success. The album reflects on her teenage years where she broke free of a repressive religious environment as well as her later self destructive years and the healing that followed. Much of the album focuses on the time on tour and where, fresh out of an exhausting relationship, which took a considerable toll on both her physical and mental health, Liza found herself often at her lowest and gained the insight that she was behaving in a way she learned to be destructive. Liza said, “I was a wreck. I was on a bender for emotional safety, not knowing that I could be my own healing space.”She underwent intensive therapy that led to painful reckonings and valuable epiphanies to write her way out of the panic and anxiety, writing odes to autonomy and self-respect and who she wanted to see in the mirror.
The album was tracked in Kyle Ryan’s studio, Wardenclyffe South, in Nashville (With the exception of “Devotion” and “Desire” which were tracked at Kingsize Studios and Chez JMJ), with her touring band (guitarist Robbie Jackson, bassist Josh Gilligan, and drummer Cody Carpenter), alongside Nashville musician, Lou Hayat who creatively contributed to the project, adding french spoken word vocals and synth parts.‘BAD VACATION’ TRACK LIST
East Beach For Fourteen Seconds
I Shouldn’t Ghost My Therapist
Change My Mind
This Chaos, That Feeling
I Wanna Be There
Bad Vacation is available on vinyl in four color variants - white in indie retail stores, yellow in her merch store, Vinyl Me, Please exclusive spring green and Magnolia Record Company exclusive tangerine. Every record includes a pull out poster.
Liza Anne has created a virtual retreat to accompany her album release, a ‘Bad Vacation’ micro-site – featuring a 1-800 hotline, reading list, personalized ‘Bad Vacation’ playlist generator, bundles, and more at BadVacation.co. This is where you’ll learn - A Bad Vacation with Liza Anne is better than a good day anywhere else!Website