Mydolls (1978-present), Houston's original femme punk band, will release a limited edition
collectible red vinyl EP, It's Too Hot for Revolution, in February 2017. The official album release will be held at Lawndale Art Center on Friday, March 3, at 7PM, as part of the 2017 SPEAKEASY program co-curated by Pete Gershon, local art historian and Lawndale's programming committee chair. Hand numbered vinyl will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited.
This will be the third installment of SPEAKEASY, a new program featuring music, performance, and discussions of contemporary art that takes its cue from the eponymously titled series that took place at Lawndale from 1993-2002. "With the Speakeasy series, Lawndale is making it a priority to reconnect with its dynamic history as a space for live music and the performing arts," says Lawndale Executive Director Stephanie Mitchell. "This concert by the legendary Mydolls really brings the institution full circle," Gershon added.
Mydolls will discuss their history at Lawndale with Gershon and former Executive Director MaryRoss Taylor as well as perform in the gallery with Lazer Kittenz, an up and coming rock band formed at Girls Rock Camp Houston. The event builds on the legacy role and cultural impact Mydolls have had on the local music and contemporary art scenes and follows their recent program at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 20HERTZ presents: "A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene."
During the 1980s, Houston's experimental music and art scenes converged in spaces such as Lawndale, where ideas and information were shared among youth movements, filmmakers and artists alike. Part of the first wave punk scene emerging in 1978, Mydolls was fronted by girl punk rockers who have since paved a path for women in the arts and continue to empower a new generation of fans.
"Performing at Lawndale will be like coming home," says Mydolls founding member Trish Herrera. "We're excited to debut this labor of love, our revolution, as an exclusive edition EP for our tribe at SPEAKEASY."
It's Too Hot for Revolution is a personal triumph for the band whose members survived cancer and experienced the loss of guitarist Kathy Johnston during the making of the album. Revolutionblends classic punk protest anthems such as "Politician" with poetry such as Charles Bukowski's "Fair Stand the Fields of France." Also featured on the EP are guest guitarist Dan Workman of SugarHill Recording Studios on "For Her" and bassist Dianna Ray's dog, Amos, providing backing vocals on "Politician."
It's Too Hot for Revolution was engineered by Andy Bradley at SugarHill Recording Studios and Sound Arts Recording Studios, and features cover artwork by contemporary artist Jack Livingston.
Artwork created by: Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant Sarah Welch