Thursday, January 31, 2013
Black Black Roses aka The Liza Graves Experience
You Ain't got Nothing if you don't got Stache....
Me, The Tech (before we sent him HOME!) , Suz, and Danny (the secret member of Social D)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I am happy to report we are home & made it through tour! While it was pretty short (about a three week run...it hit the spot!) We had a great time & there's something about playing music that truly feels like nothing else in the world! This time around things were waaaaaay different in a good way! We left Suz at home (she was in school at the time) & even played a new song "Ride". On this run I got to hit the road with my fiance. I'm very lucky in the fact that I fell in love with my best friend who I make music with anyway! I always had issues in the past of feeling like I was leaving that other person to do what I loved & that was soooo hard on my relationships. I know now that it's NOT really a relationship when you only see someone 5 months out of the year because you both are touring. That's just a hot mess. No one wants to be the one left at home. I also think people are lying to themselves if they don't admit that the temptation on the road and the combination of not being able to connect with your significant other doesn't make eveyone fall. I watched it with my own eyes. I've done it myself. I've seen good people get lonely and it's just not fair to themselves or the person at home. That said I'm on the road with my person; knowing what I know now I wouldn't tour solo if I was in a relationship I wanted to keep.
This last year off the road went by fast. I launched Viva Bandita....I got engaged (yay!)....I lived a little and did some non band traveling...I wasn't broke for once! I don't care what anyone says, without sounding like too much of a pessimist, being in a band is HARD. You make money if you are lucky, but there's not like Lady Gaga money coming in if you know what I mean! A friend and I were talking the other day about how people used to say all the time "oh they sold out" or something to that effect when a band started making money. I really thought that stigma was dead, but the other day I heard a Spinnerette song being used on a Cadillac commercial & I looked it up on google (as with everything) ha ha...anyway someone was like "oh that sucks, such a sellout move...etc." It's stupid....because people who work normal jobs for a living are allowed to make money off WHAT THEY DO, but an artist can't be paid for their work they do or they are selling out?! How is that fair? Now I don't feel like we were ever giving such a big opportuniy that we got labeled as sellouts I really feel for bands that work their whole lives to just make money doing what they love & then be hated by the original pack of diehard true fans that should be sharing in their success!
"Get in the VAN!" While having time off allowed me to renew my love for music, I would be lying if I said I missed being in the van! Am I too old to be in the van? Ha ha kidding! I'm still really young, but I did get to live in a double decker bus last summer & it's hard to pile into the regular ol' van. We pimped the van out put some nice bunks in it....What I really do miss is all the fans and excitement, but we moved so fast for so many years that I never got a chance to focus on myself! I feel I've found a pretty good balance now & I'm even working on some new music stuff....I've been blogging a little on the Viva site & a little bit here...writing feels almost as good as making music does! I'm so optimistic right now it's almost sick ha ha...Glad I have ppl to share it with & an audience that continues to grow with me as I go on 14 years of CIVET! xo
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I haven’t been online much lately (even though I’m out on tour & doing what I love!)because I was trying to show my relationship the right kind of RESPECT as it got sorted out in a difficult time. As some of you may already know, Tobe & I have decided it’s time to call it quits. I’m not here to place blame on anyone or try to make anyone the bad guy, but I also would like to say a bit about it. I have always tried my best to be an amazing girlfriend & I feel I did more than my part in this relationship to make it work. Unfortunately, due to recent circumstances, I don’t think it’s the best thing for either of us to be together. I realize we had a lot of mutual friends and band friends & I would love for everyone to show us some respect during this time. This isn’t about taking sides or proving whose more popular, but about letting two people who were in a very public relationship keep some privacy. I am thankful for the times we had & I wish Tobe (& his Street Dogs) all the best in the future. Thanks to all the fans & friends who stood behind us solo and as a couple...
Monday, November 8, 2010
It breaks my heart to have to write this letter to you right now. I believe in this band with all of my heart and I’m not about to let it go without a fight. I wake up everyday just to live, breath, eat, sleep and bleed this band. It is my passion & my one true love in life. Over the last 10 years my sister Suzi and I have given everything we have, and sometimes what we didn’t have, just to play music. Yeah, I admit at times it was tough, like when we had to put our stuff in storage in order to tour, or deal with losing a member, or leave jobs, or people we loved, but at the end of the day all sacrifices were worth the one thing we really believe in, which is music.
We do it for ourselves, but more importantly and ULTIMATELY, we do it for you guys. The truth is that being in a band is just like being in a relationship. When you lose someone it always hurts, but when you lose two people who are supposed to be your family, it’s almost unbearable. I am sorry to have to share this right now, but Suz & I really feel like we need to just be honest with everyone and hopefully your love and support that has kept this band going will help us to heal.
It is heartbreaking to come to you guys today to share our bad news. In the middle of our Nashville Pussy tour our rhythm section walked out on us. Granted, Jacq gave us a little more notice than Roxie, but in the end it’s all one and the same. It is unfair to leave the band in the middle of a tour and leave us scrambling to piece our lives back together. We have a finished record on the way and all the opportunities in the world, not to mention the BEST fans anyone could ever ask for! These are things to be truly thankful for, not to run away from. We can’t speak for them on why they left, only that it’s hard to understand is why two people we loved and trusted would do something so selfish and leave when there are still shows to be played and commitments to be fulfilled. The fact is that this hurts YOU, our fans…. it hurts the people that believe in us. Suzi and I are brokenhearted to lose two people who were our best friends, but we cannot give up on our dream because others decided to grow up. We realize that we are a huge inspiration to others and need to stay strong. It was a tough decision, and we didn’t want to send the wrong message, but we are gunna be brave and finish this tour. We have some friends flying in to do the last 6 or so dates, and we would really, really appreciate your support and understanding. At the end of the day this is OUR dream. Suzi & I wrote you guys one hell of a record that we cannot let fall by the wayside because of other peoples actions. We do it for you guys & YOU give us the opportunity to be able to do what we love…. It breaks my heart to write this letter, we are as hurt and shocked as I’m sure all of you are. We promise to come back bigger and badder than ever & we’ll definitely see you on the road next year!!!! Please rally behind us and help us to continue what we love and come out swinging with our new record in February….
Thank you for your love and support, it means the world to us!