Words by Sean Gonzalez
I’ve been patiently waiting to see Liza Anne for three years. The wish came true on April 5th in Denver Colorado’s Globe Hall. The venue is an interesting spot in north Denver, tucked neatly into a neighborhood. The show opened with a local band Downtime, who fit the bill perfectly. Their vibrant tunes had mesmerizing dynamics that filled the room with lush sounds. Definitely going to be seeing them again. Next was the opener for Liza Anne’s tour package, Valley Queen. The bassist for the group impressed me the whole night, running through songs with a tight grip on not only filling the room but adding runs here and there that really added a wonderful groove. The southern tinge and slight twang on the tracks sounded bright and clear in the venue, with the addition of every member smiling through their songs. Fresh behind a new single “Chasing the Muse” and a new album soon, be on the lookout for this amazing quartet.
The best live version I had heard of Liza Anne before was the Audiotree. Containing more old material that was a bit more straight forward in songwriting, I was beyond thrilled to hear the artist under the new record, Fine But Dying. This record is phenomenal, possessing a really full mix that plays to Liza Anne’s emotions, unraveling through song. On stage the singer did mention how the record is about what it’s like to live in her body, surviving within panic attacks and paranoia and finding the right way to write about love. Live, the music was just as graceful, if not more beautiful. The builds were released with a jaw dropping urgency, crashing through “Paranoia”‘s tasteful builds or winding through the intimate, extremely out of body experience that is “Panic Attack.” It was a wonderful touch to hear “Take It Back” played live as well, with my personal favorite being “I Love You, But I Need Another Year” (happy to know it was Liza Anne’s as well). The growling bass line and swarming drums in the chorus really make this song punch through the ceiling with its emotional catharsis.
There are still some dates left on the tour, and I highly recommend people take the time to check it out, listen in and find a way to sing or dance, or cry.
Apr 08 – St Louis, MO – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill*
Apr 19: Nashville TN – Blue Room @ Third Man Records
Apr 21: Atlanta GA – The Earl
Apr 23: Columbus, OH – The Basement
Apr 24: Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
Apr 26: Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Apr 27: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Apr 28: Chicago, IL – SPACE
Apr 30: Detroit, MI – The Pike Room
May 2: Toronto, ON – The Drake
May 4: Boston, MA – Great Scott
May 5: Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
May 6: Washington D.C. – Union Stage
May 9: New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge
* Valley Queen and Liza Anne
The rest with Ian Ferguson