5 Bands You Need to Hear: June

by Sarah Smith

Lydia Loveless

It’s surely only a matter of time before Lydia Loveless starts making her mark in Australia. A darling of US indie music media, Loveless writes country songs infused with a snarling punk sensibility that’s been described as “Hank Williams crossed with Kathleen Hanna”. At 23 years of age, the Ohio-bred singer has already released three albums, but it’s on her most recent – 2014’s Somewhere Else – that she has really hit her stride. Loveless’ story-telling is searingly honest and in the tradition of great country music, often down-right depressing. On her latest record she sings about substance abuse, fighting with ex-boyfriends, and on album-standout ‘Head’ manages to turn a song about oral sex into a lonely lovers lament. Heavy.

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