Staff Writer/photographer Murjani Rawls caught up with lead singer Lois Winstone of Lois & The Love to talk about her influences, stage presence, the band’s upcoming album, Love Is Louder, and more.
MEB: Hello Lois! Thank you for talking to Mind Equals Blown. Just for our readers, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Lois Winstone. I’m the front woman for a London-based rock band called Lois & The Love . We’re set to release our debut album, Love is Louder, this summer and tour America. We are signed to YEBO Records in New York City. Ready to live it large!
Can you tell us a little bit on how you got into music and who your influences were?
I grew up listening to a lot of classical, plus The Clash, The Sex Pistols, ska, punk, a lot of dub and reggae. I started playing guitar and writing my own songs when I was 17 years old. I spent a lot of time dancing to Detroit techno, UK house, and garage in various clubs around London. It wasn’t until the late 90’s that I wanted to start my own band, like Blondie or No Doubt. I always loved the whole femme fatale approach to rock. It’s quite humbling to see women losing it on stage whilst their fellow male bandmates are smashing the granny out of their instruments. That was always a turn on for me and I thought: “Yeah I could do that!”
You have been pretty successful in your acting and modeling career as well. How are you able to juggle all three parts of yourself?
I haven’t had an acting job since Game of Thrones. It’s a tough old business acting, as is music. I’m putting all my energy into this album release and tour. Music is my life. I’d be lost without it.
Just from watching live videos of Lois & The Love shows, I get a very Janis Joplin feel. I love the free and raw aspect of the performances. From Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth to Annie Clark of St. Vincent, how does it feel to be woman fronting a rock band with that strong, commanding stage presence?
I love Janis! I always get a major adrenaline rush before I go onstage. I act in front of big crowds in theatre, which helps me overcome any stage fright. It’s important to feel the fear and do it anyway, even if you’re shitting your panties.
Just from listening to “WAR” and “Pinocchio”, there’s a hint of electronics, but a very grunge infused straight rock feel. Is this indicative of what we can expect from Love Is Louder?
For sure—sticking to our guns on our debut. We have so many more tracks to record. We are learning more about ourselves every day and experimenting all the time to get our next sound or “the sound.” Never say never. Always evolve. Metamorphosis and reinvention are important in bands and music.
Did working with Youth from Killing Joke encourage that bold sound from “Pinocchio” and to go further into that with the upcoming album?
We learned a new dynamic through Youth and Michael Rendall. They were a joy to work with. We felt free as birds to experiment and that’s important. Recording in Spain helped us to relax and get in the zone without any tantrums or pressure. We had Jeff the wizard on board too. The whole experience was pretty damn magical. Our new single “Pinocchio” was written and recorded in an hour thanks to Youth pushing us to jam this hook he came up with. You always create the best music when you pull an idea out of your ass.
Thank you for taking time out with Mind Equals Blown! Anything you want to say to your fans?
See you at the front for a snog! ;)