Liza Anne – Tickets – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA – March 19th, 2018

Liza Anne

Casbah presents

Liza Anne

Valley Queen

Mon, March 19, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Soda Bar

San Diego, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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Growing up, people would always say I was too happy to be depres

sed, or too social

to have anxiety,

says Liza Anne Odachowski, the critically acclaimed songwriter

better known these days by her stage name Liza Anne.

In their eyes, because I was

one thing, I couldn

t also be something else. I think we all exist in duality, though. I

can be everything and nothing all at once.

Duality is at the core of Liza Anne

s arresting new album,

Fine But Dying,

her debut

release for indie powerhouse label Arts & Crafts. Synthesizing the elegant sin

cerity of

Angel Olsen with the wry lyricism of Courtney Barnett and the unapologet

ic candor of

Feist, the music is both tough and vulnerable, bold and withdrawn, a he

lping hand and

a middle finger. Firing on all cylinders with distorted alt-rock guitars

and explosive

drums one minute, hushed and delicate the next, it

s an eclectic collection that

reflects the messy complications of growing up in the modern age, as the


grapples with the fallout of falling in love, reckons with the patriarchy, and


down the panic disorder she refuses to let define her.

Fine But Dying

is the sound of

an artist taking total control of her life and her art, a proud misfit c

rafting an

aggressively infectious kiss-off to an industry (and a society) that

s tried to box her in

from day one.

Being a young woman playing music in Nashville, everybody had their o

pinions of who

I should be and what I should do next,

says Liza Anne, whose music is as decidedly


-Nashville as it gets.

They wanted me to be happier and softer and easier because

people are conditioned to only experience women in entertainment as a forc

e of

goodness and kindness and light. But just because I

m a woman doesn

t mean I have to

be soft and happy and nurturing all the time. It

s pretty inhumane to expect a human

being to represent only one side of themselves. We embody too many cont


Fine But Dying

follows Liza Anne

s self-released 2015 breakout album,



garnered more than 20 million streams worldwide.


praised the record




songwriting and

searing reflections,



called it


stunningly somber album

and dubbed Liza an artist with the

keen ability to turn

even the smallest of feelings into a sweeping song.

The record earned her dates with

Joseph, Margaret Glaspy, The Oh Hellos, and Bears Den, among others, as well


festival slots from ACL to Daytrotter Downs.

Though Liza Anne commands a stage like she was born to do it, a career in

music was

far from her mind as she grew up in the quaint, sheltered community of Sa

int Simons

Island, Georgia. She discovered songwriting one summer at sleepaway camp

, when a

guitar class helped her realize that the notebooks she

d been filling with poetry and

prose could be set to melodies. Raised in a deeply religious hous

ehold, Liza

s first

taste of public performance came on Sundays when she served as a loc

al worship

leader, and though she

s since moved on from the church, the experience proved to

be formative for her.

I learned at a very young age how to manipulate an entire room full o

f people to feel

what I

m feeling,

she says with a laugh.

When it came time to cut

Fine But Dying,

Liza Anne brought both her band and her

producer, Zach Dyke, to France

s legendary La Frette studio, a 19


century mansion on

the banks of the Seine. Dyke and Liza

s recording chemistry had been undeniable since

they first met during college in Nashville, and though Liza dropped out of s

chool to

tour full time, the pair

s creative relationship continued to grow deeper and break

new ground.

Zach is my best friend and my magic charm,

reflects Liza Anne.

Working with him

just feels like working with your other arm or another part of your brain.

In a six-day whirlwind, they recorded eleven new songs that embo

died the raw energy

and tense emotion that Liza Anne had long carried in her head but never yet


on tape.

This is my

woman at her wildest self


she says.


s a place for me to

express all of the things about womanhood and the human condition that

I was

experiencing without fear of feeling like I


too much


not enough.

People used

to talk about my music in such sweet terms, but they weren

t sweet things that I was

going through. With this record, I

m not sugarcoating anything any more.

On album opener


Liza Anne weaves together lilting pop sensibilities with

moments of frenetic release as she confronts insecurity and doubt. The result

is an

addictive, Cranberries-meets-St. Vincent gem, and it proves to be a perfect en


point to an album unafraid to bare the multitudes it contains. Liza

s crystalline voice

is alternately beguiling and jarring as she sets her distress to music on

Panic Attack,

sends up the hollow phoniness of southern hospitality on

Small Talks,

and sneers and

snarls her way through the third-wave feminist anthem of

Kid Gloves.

On the gentle

but bruising


m Tired, You

re Lonely

she channels the eerie beauty of Jeff Buckley,


Closest To Me

is a reve


-soaked look in the mirror, and


faces off

against some of the darker voices in her head.

There are moments in the song


that question what it feels like to be in


says Liza Anne.

The whole album is really a catalog of my first few years of

falling in love with someone but doubting I had the capacity to actual

ly do it.

Fine But Dying

proves that Liza Anne is a woman with the capacity to do far more

than she

d ever given herself credit for. By casting off the restrictions of who


what she


be, by writing with unrepentant emotion and without concern for

the constructs and confines of


she was able to discover her truest self

and create an album of incredible power and vision, one that fully reflects

the rich

duality of its author.

"This album gave me space to find my voice,

says Liza Anne.

In the end, I always

want to make art that's provocative and that challenges the stereot

ypes of what

women are supposed to be or how they are usually experienced. Songwriting isn'

t just

fun for me, it's necessity. It's my way of escaping my body and in

habiting it at the

same time.


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Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104