Lauren Ruth Ward tours Europe in May/June with new album "Vol. II", out March 13th20-02-2020
Lauren Ruth Ward has announced the release of her second album, Vol. II, out March 13. Recently, she has also shared the video for the single "Water Sign", directed by Dylan Doornos Hayes:
Critics have declared Lauren Ruth Ward as a cross between Janis Joplin, Florence Welch and Courtney Barnett. And while the consumer compass inside of us grasps at these to feel safe, comparisons donʼt feel just when trying to describe such a singular presence as Lauren. Her debut album Well, Hell, garnered accolades from NYLON, Noisey, Consequence of Sound, the Los Angeles Times, Indie Shuffle and more. It introduced this Maryland native turned LA transplant to a world wide audience. Viral clips spread quickly of this new phenomʼs visceral live performance. Singing in the faces of fans, songs like “Blue Collar Sex Kitten”, “Make Love to Myself” and the soul crushing “Did I Offend You”.
“I have a lot to say”, she howls in the title track. An oriflamme of the tie-dye explosion of energy and emotion that was felt when she hit Echo Park. Fans and bands alike fell for Lauren. Many times taken aback that she would show up to all of their sets and even take her own time to promote the shows of bands she liked, building a whole community around her as this refreshingly supportive East Side music peer. Echo Park folk powerhouse Alicia Blue even released a song about LRW titled “The Queen of Echo Park”.
In no time, LRW was playing to sold out crowds in the US and Europe, sharing stages with artists as diverse as the Yeah Yeah Yeahʼs, Shirley Manson, Eddie Vedder, LP, Shakey Graves, Liz Phair and even Keith Urban; with a growing reputation for stealing the show.
Now, having falling in love with the process of recording to tape, she is set to record her next album with LA producer/guru in the making, Matt Linesch. Talent met in equal parts with work ethic and a prolific writing process that she shares with guitar wizard Eduardo Rivera. We have already gotten a taste of her new material in songs like “Valhalla”, “Wise Gal” and “Super Bullshit”; in tact with ‘that voiceʼ sounding just as visceral but even more focused and mature. Laurenʼs music videos are extensions of her art and serve as calling cards for a woman that will continue to have a lot to say. From the new material already released, it is evident she will deliver these messages of female empowerment and self discovery with honesty, beauty and poignancy.
This year, you can catch Lauren Ruth Ward on a European tour in May and June, which we're happy to announce today:
08/05: Manchester, UK - Night People
09/05: Edinburgh, UK - The Great Eastern Festival
10/05: Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
12/05: Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
13/05: Brighton, UK - The Brunswick
14/05: London, UK - 100 Club
16/05: Ommen, NL - Bostheater Ommen
17/05: Groningen, NL - Der-Aa Theater
19/05: Paris, FR - Backstage BTM
21/05: Zürich, CH - Dynamo
22/05: Bolzano, IT - Pippo Stage
23/05: Parma, IT - Splinter Club
24/05: Munich, DE - Unter Deck
26/05: Prague, CZ - Futurum Music Bar
27/05: Berlin, DE - Privatclub
28/05: Hannover, DE - LUX
30/05: Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache
31/05: Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
02/06: Cologne, DE - Blue Shell
04/06: Kyiv, UKR - Caribbean Club
06/06: Moscow, RU - Aglomerat