Storyboarding

The ‘In The Clouds EP’ is being pressed as we speak. I’m flippin’ excited! All the beautiful people who donated to my Indiegogo campaign will receive their copy first and everyone will have to wait til it is released in October. In the meantime Boat, the first single is available to download at iTunes and Cdbaby. Boat has reached number one on the Pop Chart on Triplejunearthed so thank you everyone who rated and commented.

Pre-production for a music video for Boat has begun!! I’ve been busy scouting locations, moved a lovely but heavy  pianola (I didn’t move it. Matt, Lakey & Jakey did) and have a great cinematographer and director on board. Film days are set for the beginning September and fingers crossed it warms up. I’ve been developing the storyboard with my beautiful friend Gianna, and it’s so much fun. Takes me back to London and making the other videos with Greg.

I’m getting heavily into yoga. It seems like the perfect exercise for me and I’m definitely reaping the physical and mental benefits. After a few weeks of terrible headaches, I had another scan and it appears I still have severe sinusitis – WHY DID I HAVE THE SURGERY??? – Breaks my balls off. My doc told me I could be allergic to the cold. That seems about right. So with this depressing news I leave you with a few lovely quotes. “Just because you’re in pain, doesn’t mean you have to be a pain.” And below..

1 photo (25) photo (26) photo (27) photo (28) Just want to say a few big thanks to some radio stations that have played my music in the past few weeks.

– Macca at Joy FM in Melbourne – Download the app or you listen online here – http://joy.org.au/

– Rosie at Triple J Unearthed Digital Radio – Download the app or listen online here – http://www.triplejunearthed.com.au/

– Hauaki Radio in New Zealand – http://www.hauraki.co.nz/

– Larry at Fbi 94.5fm – http://fbiradio.com/

My next gig is at The Acoustic Picnic on Friday August 9th. It’s a new night in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and I will be doing a duet or two, so it should be a great night. Here’s the Facebook event for more details and if you would like to book a table click here. Oh and did I mention I’m off to Splendour now.. roooooaaaaaddtttrrrriiippp! Larissa x

Single ‘Boat’ Out Now – Free Download

I’m am very happy to announce the release of the first single off my forthcoming EP.

Boat, is available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Please click here!! If you have a few minutes, I would love for you to rate or comment on the song on the website where you download from.
The more fuss we make, the bigger chance we can get it played on Triple J. There is an app for Triple J Unearthed if you’re interested just search in the app store. It has debuted at number 4 on the Pop Chart and 48 overall so I am sooo happy! Thanks everyone who has rated already.

You can also call up Linda on Good Nights on Triple J week nights from 6pm to request Boat.

  • call: 1300 0555 36
  • txt: 0439 75 7555

I hope you enjoy the song and I can’t wait to release the rest of the EP in a few weeks time.

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Triple J Unearthed
Boat Artwork
Boat Artwork

 

Pre-production for a music video has begun and it’s going to be pretty awesome! Stay tuned for more news on that front.

Next gigs are in Sydney, Aus:

Sunday June 30th 7pm – Coogee Bay Hotel.

Sunday July 14th 4-7pm – Stowaway Bar, Freshwater.

Larissa x

And if you don’t know…

I think it’s safe to say that back in the early naughties I missed the boat on the r’n’b craze. Blink 182, Sum 41, Yellowcard and P.O.D were the bands I connected with and I think my childhood friend Chris is to thank/blame for that one. Me and a few exclusive friends (Fliss, George, Sam and Sof) bought skateboards, hung out in moshpits and wore sweat bands to school. We dressed our folders in pics of said bands and when we started going to parties we called “gatherings”and all the other girls were wearing skirts that showed off their pre-pubescent butts, we were wearing Sum 41 tees.

I’m not ashamed of this phase at all. Because I wasn’t even mildly appealing to the eye of a 16 year old boy, I worked on other things my personality and got to know boys from the inside out. This brings me to biggie smalls. At a hen’s weekend not long ago, amongst a tribe of Kiwi’s, the old time classics made a severe comeback. At first I resisted the unfamiliar sound of Biggie, and the way the other girls got low. They were astonished I hadn’t heard of Biggie Smalls. Notorious B.I.G? Nope. Just to check, I asked Fliss. She doesn’t know if Biggie either. However, now a few months after the Hen’s weekend, Biggie’s song has made it’s way to my Spotify playlist. How? I’m not sure, but that Juicy song’s like crack.

Another cracker, more my style..

The band, Yanto and I have finished recording at Oceanic and Airlock and three songs (Boat, In The Clouds and Serendipity) have been mixed and sent to be mastered. Two remain (Get High and Writers’ Block) and I’m getting pretty exciiiited. I have had some beautiful artwork made by Laura-Louisa Betts who won the design comp I ran. CONGRATS! She is so talented and lovely to work with, so I can’t wait to get them out there for you to see. One poster she made is below.

Boat will be the first single off the EP and will be released in June.

I did a little photoshoot with photographer, Jocelyn Nguyen, Rhiannan Atchinson and Lauren McKay on Styling and Kim Kindratt on makeup and hair. Thanks for making it so much fun guys and getting some good pics out of me. You were all so lovely to work with.

I’m parting with the parentals and moving out with my besties Fliss and Sof. We have found a mad pad and move in weekend after next. Should be good fun and can’t wait to start this next chapter. Mum and Dad are pretty good to live with and I will miss walking in the door and seeing their and Lenny’s faces each night. But they’re only round the corner, literally.

I have a few gigs coming up while I am organising the shizzle out of this EP release so would love to see you there!

Next gigs are:

Sunday June 30th 7pm – Coogee Bay Hotel.

Sunday July 14th 4-7pm – Stowaway Bar, Freshwater.

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Cheers & get ready to hear Boat in a few weeks!

Larissa x

She Maketh Me Itchy

As I write this, the woman sitting next to me on the bus continues to scratch her head, pick the skin on her hands, blow her nose, switch positions every three seconds, rub her forehead and cross and uncross her arms.

My first instinct is to smash her in the face, but instead of getting angry I’ve cranked up Katy Perry and put myself in her shoes.

She is obviously suffering from some serious physical or mental discomfort and I kind of want to help her.

It must be horrible not being able to sit still and be content, absolutely horrible.

Thought I’d share this torturous bus trip as someone who reads this could be like this woman. If that’s you, I will say one thing. Start meditating.

Peace and light to all..

Larissa x

Everything In Excess

Two pre- ep shows have been booked and deets are as follows. YAY!

SYDNEY
Wed. Feb 27 – 8:30pm
Old Manly Boatshed
The Corso, Manly

BRISBANE
Wed. March 20 – 8pm
The Round at Dowse Bar
155-157 Given Terrace, Paddington

It’s my first QLD show so I’m pretty excited. While I’m in Brisbane I’ll be catching up with some friends, meeting Yanto Browning, the producer, and checking out the studio where I’ll be recording vocals in April.

I’ve been working with another producer called LDRU, writing some dance tracks and it’s pretty fricken fun. Might have something mixed in the next few weeks so standby.

Valentine’s Day is a little bit of a wank, but Jakey and I cooked three tapas each and had a really nice night. We made broccolini with balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese, ceasar/hybrid salad, San chow bow, minute steak with mushroom sauce and dessert extravaganza- cookies and cream ice cream, sprinkled twirl, meringue, strawberries, a real cookie and then garnished with ice magic. I have a slight sweet tooth.

Went to Laneway Festival the other week. It was so much fun! Alt-j, Jessie Ware, Of Monsters and Men and Divine Fits were my faves. Great, chilled festival.. Sound was a bit quiet at times though. In their defence the weather was shocking, so the wind might’ve been blowing the tunes towards Parramatta instead of my head.

While I’m on the topic of loud music- the inventors have invented a cure for tinnitus- hearing damage cause from loud music – and I am so stoked. Well done, incredible news for our generation.

My friend Jordan Millar released his album today and it is wonderful. Please head to his launch tonight at The Beresford in Sydney or buy/ Spotify his music.

While I’m on that topic, if you haven’t got Spotify yet, you crazy! If you haven’t heard James Blake’s new single, Retrograde, you crazy.

Bye for now,

Larissa x

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Spring Has Sprung

I’d not been to FBi Social before Jordan Millar asked me to support him for his single launch. It’s now my favourite Sydney venue. Thanks to those who came out last night, bought CDs and listened to us play. It was a pleasure to play my music for you.

So I go under the knife in a few weeks and they are cleaning out and reforming the sinus tunnels in my forehead, cheeks and at my request, any other orifice in my head that may be constructed causing my headaches.

So The Boatshed gig with the band next week will be my last show for a little while so please come join us!

Wed. Nov 7 – 8:30pm – free
Old Manly Boashed
The Corso, Manly, Sydney

The Four Pines and The Empire gigs will hopefully be moved to Dec/Jan so stay tuned. Apologies for anyone who was planning to come.

I saw Aussie band, The Rubens and Aussie songstress, Lisa Mitchell last week and have to mention how impressed I was with the latter. I saw Lisa Mitchell play years ago and she has come forward in leaps and bounds. She was confident, engaging and cute.

I also have to note that The Rubens need a style overhaul. The private school boy look just didn’t do it for me, but they sounded great – as does their new record.

Hopefully see you Wednesday!

Larissa x

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Pumpkin Head

As I lay in my sexy hospital gown pre-op, a young lad also getting his wisdom teeth out returned from the operating room. “David!”, I heard from a panicked voice two doors down. “David? Can you hear me?”
Young David had fainted as the nurse slid the bloody gauze from his mouth. I listened, horrified, as the nurse yelled for help and for an oxygen machine. Doctors and nurses sprinted past my door, along with the anaesthetist to revive David. I hadn’t eaten for nine hours or had but a drop of water for five. I was beginning to get pretty anxious and prayed I didn’t hear him vomit or that he didn’t die. Thankfully David didn’t die, nor did he vomit and neither did I. Nurse Michelle said I was the perfect patient and in comparison to getting my tonsils out, this has been a walk in the park.

I have been watching many delicious episodes of 30 Rock and eating yoghurt, soup and ice cream joyously!
I’m on the mend and apart from a sore jaw hinge and chowing copious amounts of antibiotics, I’m nearly better.

I will be playing Pony Room in Manly on Thursday night 8-10pm so come hang out and drink wine for me.

Jakey bought be some sweet Sony headphones and ill tell you what.. Music sounds so much crisper and dynamic than on the in ear headphones. I really encourage to get yourself a pair and marvel in the sound quality.

Daylight savings has arrived and it is awesome coming home in daylight. It’s also easier to get up in the morning. How does that work? I’m loving being back at work and how my brain buzzes with motivation and information. I do miss Jack and Ms. Lemon though.. Gosh they’re funny.

Some demo recording or perhaps an ep is in the works for the beginning of Nov. so standby for some fresh tunes!!

Hope you are all well and smiling..

Larissa x

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A Blog On The Bus

Jar Of Hearts is a song that touched loads of people- especially my sister. We’ve all got those special songs that we play when we’re down, or before we leave the tarmac and embark on an adventure. When a lovely friend offered us free tix to see Christina Perri at The Enmore, I jumped at it. Lloyd and my sis came along and we had a grand ol time.

Jar Of Hearts by Christina Perri

Jordan Millar supported and was great (he always is). He’s playing at Cafe Lounge in Surry Hills, Sydney if anyone’s interested. Anywho, Christina Perri was awesome and I loved her manner on stage. She had the cutest fans too.

Went to a Vivid Live talk called Unleashing The Imagination.. It was pretty cool. Here’s some pics I took after on instagram.

Meanwhile, Darren’s going great guns on the voice. His last performance was off tha heezey. Please vote for him or buy one of his songs off iTunes, which I’ve had on repeat just quietly. He produced my ep Just The Wind and is a lovely soul and so bloody talented and hard working. He deserves it. And he’s the best.

I have booked another gig in London at The Regal Room on July 28! Come along, or if you can’t, never fear – download the app or watch on the Justin Tv Website wherever you are. Pretty cooooool.

Till next time,

Larissa x