City Paper is not for tourists
Standout Track:“Metamorphosis,” whose Kafkaesque writing Ian Graham and Lisa Reed cop to quickly. Reed’s gloomy lyrics narrate a day not unlike Gregor Samsa’s (“City crawler/You’ve got no place in this world/You’ve come undone as you shuffle in the streets and sing to your wounded feet”) while Graham concocts a menacing but catchy guitar riff that eventually unfolds into a cacophony of gothy textures.
Musical Motivation: “I spent all of high school trying to be Fat Mike from NOFX, then it switched and I spent the past few years trying to be Johnny Marr,” says Graham, 26. Reed, 30, cites the theatricality of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, though what Lenorable lacks in glam it makes up in moodiness. The pair started dating about a year ago; the musical collaborations began about six months later. Reed writes lyrics while Graham handles the music. “I don’t know anything about music,” Reed says, though Graham quickly notes that Reed is responsible for the synth loops in “Metamorphosis.”
Military Brats: Graham’s parents are Army officers; Reed grew up in an Air Force family and served from 1999 to 2003. Their musical backgrounds aren’t so similar. Graham studied several instruments during high school in Montana and has played with a few area groups, while Lenorable is Reed’s first band. Her past contains a sour experience with a vocal instructor. “She said ‘I was never good at science and I didn’t try to be a scientist,’” says Reed, recalling her former teacher’s rather brutal putdown of her singing. That teacher’s assessment, though, was incorrect.