THE INSIDER: LISSIE
our band crush goes cover artist on her new ep.
Why did you decide to release an EP of just covers?
I've been touring the past 2 years to support my first release and I'm getting ready to make a new record. I wanted to have something in the middle to supplement the wait. 3 of the covers were stuff we really liked to do live and then they got put up on YouTube and were a huge success. A lot of people found out who we were through them, so it was kind of a happy accident in a way.
"The Ship Song" was the only track you hadn't performed already before. Why did you choose that one?
I always thought I'd get around to doing it, but never did it live. I love doing songs that people don't expect me to cover. It's less production, a really pure take- we made it at my house.
Speaking of covers, what's your go-to karaoke song?
I haven't done karaoke in a while! But when I do, I like to sing "Fancy" by Bobbie Gentry. It's like, she's singing about this girl and her family was poor and they put her in a tight dress, red lipstick to go out into the world and seduce men to survive [laughing]. I also like "Turn Off the Light" by Nelly Furtado. Random, I know, but it was on one of my mixtapes from college.
Are you superstitious before shows? Do you have a ritual?
I have this new necklace that I bought myself; it's Topaz, my birthstone. I treated myself to this elaborate gemstone crystal necklace, so now I like to wear it when I perform. I like to take a sip of tequila before I go because it loosens me up. I also find washers, those little round metal parts, like, everywhere. I find them and pick them up and I just have jars of them. It's funny, because some of the guys I've dated have told me that now they find them, too! [laughing]
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