VoyageLA online magazine interview under their “Thought Provokers” section
Today we’d like to introduce you to Surely Lorraine.
Surely, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Dreampop/punk/goth/shoegaze artist/singer/songwriter/producer born and raised in Los Angeles but heavily influenced by Britpop and post-punk from the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand/Australia. In 2013, my EP “Tunes of Portugal” was released and last year my debut album “Desdemona Resurrect” was released on my own label, Motorway One Music (half produced/co-written with Boz Boorer and half coproduced with Eric Berdon, mastered by Emily Lazar at Lodge Mastering, assisted by Chris Allgood).
The latest album also has three covers: “Don’t You (Forget About Me) originally performed by Simple Minds, “Ai Oboete Imasuka” from the anime movie Macross, and “Alone Again Or” originally performed by the Los Angeles band Love and later also covered by The Damned.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Music is my art, my obsession, and my inspiration. It’s a way of conveying moods, experiences, feelings, and ideas in a uniquely distilled form. Whether I cowrite with others or alone, it starts with the blank page and little by little a world takes shape. My perspective is undeniably from a female, human, “other” point of view. I hope to move people and open their eyes to a different way of seeing things.
My music sometimes acknowledges very difficult subjects and I hope others who’ve gone through similar situations find solace and a voice that understands exactly how they feel. My latest album delves into everything from solitude to counterrevolution to domestic violence to surviving the loss of loved ones. It’s both light and heavy. Thoughtful and hopefully thought-provoking.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success to me is inspiring others through song, touching their heart and making them think about their lives in a different way.
- Website: SurelyLorraine.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/surelylorraine/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SurelyLorraine1/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/surelylorraine
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2jx8suG0i6ejt2GKYjTGT5?si=2HUbAsV8ThO7-0L_Esle4A
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.