Elizabeth Martin, LA Music Examiner
In the tradition of Siouxsie Sioux of the Banshees, Til Tuesday’s Aimee Mann, and 10,000 Maniac’s Natalie Merchant, the women of new wave are numerous, diverse in sound, and often times, in hindsight, foregone in favor of groups like Duran Duran and Flock of Seagulls when listeners seek out new wave today.
Even if the average music listener would have to really dig to list five female new wave artists from the 1980s, the genre itself has been receiving a true gift in modernity. All of the synthesized, new wave-influenced electronic musicians like Grimes and Ellie Goulding pay often times haunting and gorgeous homage to the women who helped establish the genre in the 1980s. Anime Wong is among these female vocalists to draw heavily on the groundwork laid by past new wave musicians, most recently visible in her project Surely Lorraine.
On Thursday, July 17, Surely Lorraine will be performing at Grand Star Jazz Club in DTLA at 11PM. Guests arriving before 11PM will have the luxury of free drinks until the performance, as well as getting to witness the DJing skills of Wong as she shares her 1980s mixtapes with the room. She will also be DJing after the performance.
The artists who appeared on Surely Lorraine’s first EP were Los Angeles’ Anime Wong and Charlie Browne, who is from Portugal. Wong sang, wrote the lyrics, and created the melodies, whereas Browne composed the music. The two musicians have worked with producer Boz Boorer, who has close musical ties with Morrissey, to release Tunes of Portugal, their first EP.
Surely Lorraine is self-described as “tinted glam with a hint of punk and new wave” and heavily influenced by the goth genre. Listeners can hear this apt and intriguing meshing of sounds in “Calling Out,” in which Wong’s vocals are reminiscent of the same moody crooning of singers like Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and the wispy, new wave-inspired choruses of songwriter Jane Siberry.