LOLA Launch New Single ‘Billionaire’ On Wednesday At The Crown & Anchor

Crowned Best New Artist at the 2022 South Australian Music Awards and recently sharing the stage with the likes of Everclear (USA), Cosmic Psychos and Bodyjar, Adelaide party starters, LOLA are making a blistering return with new single Billionaire. Pointing a finger at the morbidly rich in their new track, LOLA embrace their DIY style of working-class punk to send a short, sharp and scathing message with a chorus that would light the belly in any crowd.

Recorded at Depict Studios with Lachy Pitcher, Billionaire follows a series of scintillating releases from the band, with singles Producer’s Bar and GOONSACK capping off a whirlwind of a year for the fun-loving four-piece. Blending an eclectic mix of artist influences, from Violent Soho and The Bennies to Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and even John Mayer, LOLA creates music inspired by the natural environment, life experiences, shitty situations, the government and general inebriation mixed with tom-foolery. The band jump on for a quick Q&A about the single.

How exciting is the build up to the release of the single Billionaire?
Mitchell: I can not wait.
Maxwell: I’m so excited I can’t think of anything else to say.
Sebastian: More excited than an electron.
Billy: We love the whole process behind putting out a new song… from being in the studio to releasing and playing shows with our mates!

What’s the story behind the single?
Once upon a time we were playing a gig at the Crown and Anchor and Maxwell thought it would be a good idea to write a song about billionaires. He started singing “there’s no need for a billionaire…” I thought that was a rather nice idea and the rest of the song came to me in a couple of minutes, as you can properly tell.

Is the single a little bit aspirational as well?
This is a diss track to billionaires. Once we release it, we await their response. The ball is in their court now.

Sonically, how would you describe the single compared to your few singles?
Billionaire comes from the guts
Sebastian: Full on, non stop punk rock

Is there another album in the works and how is that going?
Wouldn’t you like to know.
Maxwell: Who’s asking?
Billy: There’s an EP in the works… We’ve been writing a lot of songs, and we hope to release as much as possible.

Who are the collective musical heroes that the band look up to for inspiration?
Looch and NOFX.

Playing some big support slots recently has been awesome, which one would be the highlight?
The highlight has been playing with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and hanging out with CJ Ramone and Joey Cape. Touring with Bodyjar was fun as fuck.

Are there any funny backstage stories you can share?
Half the time there isn’t a back stage or we’re moshing to the other bands. The first time we got a rider, we thought it was the coolest thing in the world. We finished off all the drinks and turned them into wind instruments and had a rap battle.

Are there plans for more shows and touring around the country this year?
Plenty. We’re planning to tour Australia a couple times this year… and there might be some other stuff in the pipeline… amigo 😉

What’s next for LOLA?
Probably a new singer.
Maxwell: We’re going to the pub on Friday.
Billy: We are also thinking of catching up for a play date soon-ish.
Mitchell: Definitely more releases, shows and tours.

Interview By Rob Lyon

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Catch LOLA on Wednesday 29 March when they launch their new single Billionaire at The Crown & Anchor. FREE ENTRY!

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