It’s nice to see you again
I don’t know you
But I wrote this for you anyway
–From “Stranger” by Lovebettie
Songwriting duo Alexandra Naples (vocals/piano) and C.T. Fields (guitars) recruited bassist Dan Mulkeen and drummer Larry Shotter to form the neo-soul, jazz-rock fusion indie band known as Lovebettie. While they listen to groups like Cee Lo Green, Radiohead, Cage the Elephant and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when it comes to writing music, the quartet keeps it real:
“We tend to write music in a vacuum because we don’t want to sound like anyone else out there,” notes Fields. “We’ve come up with the term ‘Swagger Rock’ to describe our sound because it’s so hard to explain. It’s rock that’s sultry with a heavy groove. No matter if it’s an upbeat song or a slower ballad, it has an undeniable rhythm that carries the listener through it.”
The diversity of the bands Lovebettie has opened for—everyone from Lifehouse, Tim Reynolds and Guster, to Rusted Root, Bowling for Soup, and Lady Gaga’s afterparty with Semi Precious Weapons, is further proof they can’t be pigeonholed. And recently, the Pittsburgh, PA natives made it to the top three finalists chosen to tour with Bon Jovi.
Lovebettie’s first record, 2009’s “…And We’re Never Coming Back,” featured standout tracks like “Stranger,” “Crumble,” and “Dirty Mary,” and their latest EP, “The Red Door,” produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus) debuts March 1st. On leadoff track, “Red Roses,” the Motown-inspired Naples, who combines the stage presence of Lady Gaga with the vocal chops of Amy Winehouse, really gets the blood pumping.
On their way to the SXSW Music Festival in mid-March, Lovebettie will be making a stop in New York along the way. And when they play their favorite NYC venue, Arlene’s Grocery, on Wednesday, March 2nd at 9pm, get ready for them to pull out all the stops:
“You can expect to hear some funky, fun grooves and some songs that you can’t help but sing along to,” says Naples. “We don’t do many covers. We’ve worked so hard on creating these songs, it would seem like a shame to cut out some of our originals to play someone else’s.”
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