Originally from Portland, Lauren Luiz’s journey to forming girlhouse has taken her from there to Bristol, Los Angeles, New York, The White House – as part of a sign-language version of a Broadway musical – and now her current home of Nashville. A successful actor as well as a songwriter, girlhouse is Lauren’s bedroom-pop project, taking a similar minimal-pop approach as artists like Snail Mail or Frankie Cosmos. The self-titled debut EP from girlhouse will be released in May, and was recently previewed via a new single, Loaded Gun.
Discussing the inspiration behind the EP, Lauren has spoken of, “landing in LA and finding out exactly how ignorant I was to the real world”, the record explores ideas of relationships, careers, learning to process previous trauma, and how all three felt, in Lauren’s own words, “new to me”. Following previous singles, Knuckle Tattoo and The Fatalist, Loaded Gun is a track that looks back on past difficulties, with a positive spin as Lauren looks to move forward and, “take control of my future”. Musically, the track bounds in on a processed drum-beat and muted-guitar chords, before flourishes of electronics and Lauren’s multi-tracked vocals enter to create a huge, euphoric chorus. With each track, the music of girlhouse seems to move her story forwards without losing the essence of her honest, self-analytical words. While already an intriguing prospect, the excitement is seeing the potential of just how good girlhouse could become.
FTR: For those who don’t know who is girlhouse?
Hi, I’m Lauren! I write all the music either with friends or by myself, most of the time when I’m very sad, confused or angry at someone/something. I’m from Oregon but I’ve lived all over. Currently living in Nashville, TN.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
I was playing an acoustic show at choir camp in high school and I forgot to tune my guitar before I went on stage so I had to do it last minute in front of the audience. There was a mom in the crowd that kept yelling at me that I should have done this before I went on and I told her “I realize that now.” It made tuning take a lot longer than it should have. I don’t remember what songs I played.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
I like to think every art form has its perks, music and poetry has always been my way to process big emotions. I love visual art and live art though. Big fan!
FTR: What can people expect from the girlhouse live show?
I have a few stories from my life that I’ve been dying to tell a group of strangers. And hopefully my guitar will be tuned.
FTR: What’s next for girlhouse?
More music! Trying to release as much as we can until we can tour. I wanna be on the road, sleeping in holiday inns and eating Taco Bell again so so so bad.
They Listen To…
Slow Pulp – Falling Apart
Motion City Soundtrack – L.G. FUAD
Jordana – Fuck You
Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
A R I Z O N A – Find Someone
The Girlhouse EP is out May 14th. Click HERE for more information on girlhouse.