The Lovemakers Sign
With Interscope Records

The Lovemakers.
photos by Joe Niem

Oakland trio, The Lovemakers recently signed a recording agreement with Interscope Records, and are now parked in LA recording their major-label debut.

The Lovemakers are comprised of Stanford-educated marine biologist turned circus musician, Lisa Light, whose propulsive bass lines, searing electric violin solos, and powerful vocals that tantalize with the raw energy of riotgrrrl, together with Pop prodigy Scott Blonde whose esoteric Robert Smith-style guitar lines, potent vocals, and on-stage convulsions propels it forward. Surveying the mayhem from his robotic electronic perch is Manchester, U.K. native computer whiz, Jason Proctor, who provides euro-tinged laptop beats and shimmering synthesizers that flow like lava onto the dancefloor.

Unlike many of their contemporaries on the Bay Area alternative rock scene, the Lovemakers WANT fame. They've been attracting large crowds throughout the Bay Area, and have toured the country and Australia in support of their self-released debut album. Their major label record deal is a testament to their ambition, talent and perseverence. The band literally made thirty trips to LA in less than a year, and their work ethic was singularly responsible for creating the attention to which they attribute their recent good fortune. At a time when the music industry is in a tailspin, the The Lovemakers have been swimming upstream like spawning salmon, in their quest for deserved success. The band has also recently been picked up for personal management by Tony Ciulla (Marilyn Manson, Rammstein).

The Lovermakers. In color.
photo by Lisa Nola

Scott and Lisa enrapture audiences with their manic sexual energy. Known for their sweat-drenched live performances that feature driving dance beats, cooing boy-girl vocals, guitar & vibrator duets, classical electric violin, and occasional spontaneous make out sessions, it's the band's minimalist approach to perfect pop songs and superior musicianship that creates their deeply satisfying sound. Their songs are fun and sexy, and clearly the band doesn't take themselves too seriously.

Immortalized by the 2002 SF Guardian's top 10 sexiest people list, The Lovemakers take their own brand of electro-pop dance songs and accentuate them with a lusty aesthetic. Sometimes sensual, sometimes aggressive, their airtight sound is bathed in the melodic atmosphere of their 80s synth-pop influences such as Duran Duran, and New Order, as well as modern pioneers such as Bjork and the Flaming Lips. A Lovemakers show is described by one colleague "like a pink Ferrari driving through mountains of coke".