Throughout his youth, LØLØ frequently wore a white tank top and preppy tie, performing a loosely choreographed routine on Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi”. Almost two decades later, she continues to channel her inner pop-punk princess and tackles the musical styles of the 90s and early 2000s with a modern twist.
Toronto singer-songwriter LØLØ currently spends her days touring with veteran bands New Found Glory and Less Than Jake as part of the Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead tour. She may be relatively new to the scene, but her recent releases live up to the tour’s namesake – she serves as a channel through which pop-punk is revitalized.
“I guess it’s like this music never died, especially for New Found Glory and Less Than Jake. Because it’s all coming back now, I mean these guys kinda started, you know? LØLØ said in an interview with The Daily Californian. “I mean, these guys have been doing it for 20 years, and it still works. People always want to hear this music.
Being on tour has given LØLØ the opportunity to learn from some of pop-punk’s greats, whether she sees them backstage, talks to them in her dressing room, or performs alongside them. Every evening, New Found Glory brings him on stage to perform “Vicious Love”, a track originally recorded with Hayley Williams of Paramore.
Among his other influences, LØLØ cites Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and (of course) Avril Lavigne. She often refers to these pop-rock devices when recording in the studio or planning her next music video, and she pulls their work into the present with creativity and wit.
“In the music video for my song ‘Hate U’, we pay tribute to the music video ‘Girlfriend’,” said LØLØ. “I actually play myself and then play myself like that blonde slut because that’s what Avril Lavigne does. So we literally took that from that. We kind of made it our own thing.
That’s not to say that LØLØ doesn’t have its finger on the pulse of Gen-Z pop culture. She’s had her fair share of trying to learn TikTok dances and trying to jump on emerging trends. Earlier this year, she gained a lot of attention for her alternate version of Taylor Swift’s “Betty,” written from the point of view of the main character.
“When I heard ‘Betty’ I thought it was the coolest thing that Taylor Swift had written songs from three different angles with ‘Betty’ and ‘August’ and ‘Cardigan’,” said LØLØ. “And in the song ‘Betty’, I actually misheard the lyrics. I actually thought it was ‘The worst thing I’ve ever done is fall in love with you.’ … And then I was like, wait, I should write this side down because I was honestly dying to know what happened to Betty. Does she pick up (James)? “
While LØLØ’s recent releases bleed pop-rock, she cites Swift as another major influence – especially for her eccentric and autobiographical lyricism. The aspiring artist synthesizes the perfect balance between the honest lyricism of Swift and the grungy musicality of Lavigne – and the product is unmistakably LØLØ.
“I couldn’t keep a plant alive even if I tried to do it,” sings LØLØ in the opening of her single “Death Wish”, released earlier this year. According to LØLØ, these very humorous and very relevant words came to her after being dumped on April Fool’s Day and her grandmother brought her a plant.
“(My grandmother) used to say to me: ‘Now that you don’t have a boyfriend to look after, I brought you a plant'”, remembers LØLØ. “It died like a week later and I was like what the f—. I just remember thinking, wow, I’m such a mess I can’t even take care of this plant, let alone my life.
Two years later, that moment spawned “Death Wish,” a brutally honest song about killing everything she loves. Whether it’s a plant, a goldfish, or a relationship, everything seems predestined for untimely death. “Those three little words could just as well be RIP,” sings LØLØ.
In LØLØ’s next EP Overpowered, due out on October 8, audiences can expect to hear songs like “Death Wish”, as well as the singles “Die Without U” and “Lonely and Pathetic”. Similar to this in her previous work, she will continue to openly share personal anecdotes and relationship qualms; Again, Overpowered sees her dig deeper into the pop-rock influences that elevated her.
“In terms of music, it’s definitely a lot more aggressive,” said LØLØ. “It’s definitely going harder. And I guess it’s just more mature, in a way, as I got older.
LØLØ can kill anything she likes, but pop-punk is a special exception. The genre is far from dead – rather than killing it, LØLØ continually gives it new life.
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