You know how super heroes have a theme song every time they enter a scene?
Liza Colby’s would be raw rock ‘n’ roll and her power is pure, strong and dangerous female sexuality.
Her band The Liza Colby Sound has been together for almost a decade now, wreaking havoc on the NYC rock ‘n’ roll scene. She storms the stage in leotards and lingerie, her hair wild like a smoldering temptress, with a voice to be reckoned with.
Combine the vocals of Janis Joplin and Diana Ross with the rebellious tones of The Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop & The Stooges, put that on the cold and gritty island that is NYC and you’ve got The Liza Colby Sound. It’s energetic and melodic—the perfect sound to get a night of chaos started.
“You take an immense amount of pride about being an artist who can do it here [in NYC],” Colby tells BTRtoday. “NYC has this super tough, kick-you-in-the-face kind of grittiness. I think it transcends any genre.”
Colby moved to NYC when she was nineteen and has lived in the city ever since. She met her bandmates through her now-husband who suggested her music to some friends. Eventually, they all got into a room together and started making music.
Their most recent release, Draw EP, came out last week.
The band wrote it a while ago and was sitting on it after a tragedy shook them all. The band’s original guitarist, a good friend to every member and the brother of the drummer, was diagnosed with cancer and died only a few months after the prognosis.
“He had got diagnosed with cancer in October of 2015 and he was gone by that December—it was just really fast and completely devastating,” Colby says. “After the first tour I sat with the record and said, ‘we’re going to need to remix and re-master it, because our sound had changed—it was a real bridge of our past to the present and where we’re going—we named it Draw because it was just time to pull the trigger and do it and get it out.”
Colby says it just felt like the universe was directing her towards getting her music out there. “Some wild shit happened and I feel like the universe tells you what to do,” she says.
The Liza Colby Sound is already working on their next album and hope to have it out sometime next year. Their writing process is extremely collaborative and takes on subjects like relationships and politics.
“Some days I’m super stoked, and other days I’m just like, ‘what have I done?’” Colby says about music writing, “I love it so much. It’s like being in a relationship—every aspect that goes along with music really just turns me on.”
They play on playing several shows in January around NYC before getting back on the road to tour the east and west coast and, hopefully, Europe. “If people haven’t seen the band I highly highly recommend it ‘cause it’s our strong suit,” she concludes.
Hear their new EP Draw and the interview with Colby on this week’s The Music Meetup.