New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Lizzy & The Triggermen, a trailblazing, 10-piece, swing/jazz band, who are bringing back that 30s big band sound with headlining and sold out shows at The Wiltern, The El Rey and The Troubadour, released their debut EP - Good Songs For Bad Times today.
The stylish, vintage-inspired chanteuse, Lizzy Shapiro, is a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter with a fun, femme fatale swagger and backed by a dream team of top musicians who have played with icons like Benny Goodman. The group aims to do for 1930s swing what Amy Winehouse
and the Dap-Kings did for 60s music: taking the old and making it feel arrestingly new and relevant. Listen to Good Songs for Bad Times HERE.
"For me, swing has this profound ability to lift people's spirits - and its been the soundtrack that has helped get us through tough times before during the Great Depression, world wars. I actually chose the name for the EP 'Good Songs for Bad Times," last summer because that's the thematic thread of the songs. Little
did I know how relevant that name would become," says Lizzy Shapiro.
The new EP features current single/music video "Dance Song (for the End of the World)" which premiered on American Songwriter and quickly generated more than 350k views and thousands of shares on social media. The feel-good dance video invites artists from 15 countries, spanning 6 continents to create a joyous celebration in the midst of a harrowing moment. The track feels eerily relevant despite being written before the pandemic.
It was preceded by a re-imagined cover of The Strokes
classic hit "Someday
" re-arranged in a smoky, luscious, big band style, perfect for a night of dancing and drinking at a speakeasy. Be it songs about female empowerment, gaslighting, or the world ending - Lizzy & The Triggermen has an undeniable ability to take the topics of today and turn them into gloriously raucous dance music that recharges the spirit in that way only a full horn section can. As American Songwriter says: "offering a moment of levity around the stir-craziness and near-delirium that may arise from being shut in..."
In just a year, the band has headlined and sold-out shows at premiere venues such as the Wiltern Theatre, the El Rey and the Troubadour before even releasing a single track, just through word-of-mouth about their electric live shows which has organically built them a dedicated following.
• Outta Your League [how to tell off your gas-lighting ex while grooving to a sexy bass line]
• Weed Smoker's Dream
[our take on the 1936 Harlem Hamfats tune]
• Eve's Lament [what if the Adam and Eve story was told from Eve's perspective?]
• Dance Song (for the End of the World) [a surprisingly feel-good song about the world ending!]
• Transblucency (A Blue Fog You Can Almost
See Through) [A haunting and very obscure Duke Ellington tune he wrote for an opera singer that's rarely been recorded]
Frontwoman Lizzy Shapiro fell in love with jazz early in life, fangirling over Sarah, Judy, Billie and Ella, while her friends were swooning over boy bands. She dreamed of the day she'd be old enough to pull off that vocal sophistication, nuance and glamour. Taking a detour in high school to study opera, she sang opera in Italy and Tanglewood, studying with some of the most esteemed teachers in the industry. This is where she first got to indulge her vintage fashion sense by wearing stylish, formal gowns during performances. Trivia: She sang the opera opening to the movie Jackass 3D. Another detour was comedy. Lizzy fell in love with comedy. She is Emmy-nominated for a TV show she created and starred in called "The Crossroads Of History, 2016." She's also worked with incredible talent including Ben Stiller and Jill Soloway.
Lizzy & The Triggermen was formed with the support of Dan Barrett, an original sideman with Benny Goodman's band. Their shows are all about creating immersive experiences and transporting their audience to a new dimension; like a 2-hour, mini-vacation where you leave feeling happy, energized, recharged and blissed out. It's a golden-era experience that is edgy and a bit underground. In just a year, the band has headlined and sold-out shows at premiere venues such as the Wiltern Theatre, the El Rey and the Troubadour before even releasing a single track, just through word-of-mouth about their electric live shows which has organically built them a dedicated following.