Monday, April 22, 2013

In Bloom

Hey guuuuuuuys!

Hope you're all enjoying the beginning of what looks like Spring with a mood swing

We wanna say thanks to everyone who's been following the Witchrock release and for all your kind emails and positive energy. You are all so amazing, we want to hug the shit out of you.

We wanted to film a small little video blog for you guys today but felt camera shy ( girls with serious bad hair day sometimes... know what I'm saying? haha )  but next one we promise it'll be a vlog.

Here's a quick update on what we got planned next...

As you know last month we shot the music video for 'Burn' with the amazingly talented Aaron A. Thanks to The Field and Muchfact for making the project possible. The whole concept behind the video is basically talking about how media affects young people in today's world. Something we've become very passionate about and especially young girls. I say girls because we are girls but this applies to all young people.The more I sit and think about what we digest on a daily basis and the examples we get out there - the more I believe its important to be your own role models in a world where everything gets pushed down your throat and doesn't necessarily relate to any of us in a realistic sense. It doesn't matter how young you are.Challenge what you see. Ask Questions. Know your greatest potential and never settle for less or for being a version of something else. Never give in. You are your own greatest example - know your worth.

The video will be out next month and is just in the editing stages. We are so excited about it because its unlike any video we've ever had the chance to make.

Since back from the week of tour with Rich and K-OS earlier this month, we've had some time to start diving into some songwriting for what might potentially be a full length or a slightly longer EP. It all depends how the next couple of months play out with schedules but you will have something new by the end of the year.

Once the video is out we will hit the road. Stay close for the announcement.

Anyway we leave you with this and its pure awesomeness...Nirvana live at the Paramount.
Happy Monday.
xx Lex, French, Nads

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

W I T C H R O C K ▲


                Witches, like Joan Jett, famously have a bad reputation.
                It’s an ill-founded reputation, of course, and basically a lingering vestige of 700-year-old male terrors run amok in the face of women who dared behave in manners that transgressed a very narrow conception of womanhood. Those same male terrors, mercifully, tend not to end in water torture and stake burnings nowadays. Witches still get a rough ride, though, be they actual witches (who do exist and, for the record, tend to be far more accepting and open-minded folk than people who sit around all day fretting about witches) or simply women who get tagged as “witches” or some variant thereof because – you got it – they dare behave in manners that transgress a very narrow conception of womanhood.
                The three young ladies of Magneta Lane are not, as far as we know, actual witches. They have, however, titled their spirited new EP Witchrock in tacit acknowledgement of what might be considered, at least in some fickle indie-rock and record-label circles, a bad reputation. They also have a habit of rocking out in a most unladylike fashion that, by times, brings to mind a host of other punkish female trailblazers from Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry to Cub, Juliana Hatfield and Veruca Salt in addition to the aforementioned Joan Jett. And, like Jett, they don’t give a damn about their bad reputation.
                “Any person who says now we haven’t paid our dues don’t know what they’re talking about,” says frontwoman, guitarist and principal songwriter Lexi Valentine. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
                Magneta Lane – formed in suburban Toronto by Valentine, her sister/drummer Nadia King and one-named bassist French in 2003 – was celebrated on delivery by numerous pundits on both sides of the Canada/U.S. divide as an uncannily pop-savvy trio of teenage ingénues when Paper Bag Records issued its debut EP, The Constant Lover, in 2004. Months and months of hard touring at home and in the States ensued, hardening the band into the notably less naïve outfit that was steered towards a more tantalizingly aggressive sound by producer Jesse Keeler (of Death From Above 1979/MSTRKRFT infamy) on its debut full-length, Dancing With Daggers, in 2006. Magneta Lane’s promise appeared endless. And then … pause. Too much, too young. Burnout. Hipster backlash. Label woes. You name it, Magneta Lane had it.
                “We were really young when we started. The media thought we were 19, but we were really 17,” confesses Lexi, while sister Nadia sheepishly admits she was 15 years old when the band started playing clubs around Toronto. “In all honesty, we lied because if you’re not 19 almost no clubs here will let you play their stage.”
                “Also, people wouldn’t take us seriously,” adds Nadia. “Not that they took us seriously, but imagine if they’d known we were 15 or 17.”
                It was, after all, already – as Lexi puts it – “a thing” that Magneta Lane was a band composed of three young women. And while the band had collectively matured enough to seek legal extrication from its first recording contract (“We were really young, and at the time we were just excited to be signed so we really didn’t ask a lot of questions”) in search of a better deal for 2009’s Gambling With God LP, it still didn’t feel like it was being taken seriously. Whenever Lexi dared speak up and ask questions of her new handlers about what was going on with the album’s release, “it was immediately kind of like they were talking to me as if ‘Lexi just put her big-girl shoes on,’ and that really got me upset. And as soon as that happened, I was like: ‘You know what? I’m out of here.’”
                Cue a brief break from Magneta Lane for all involved. No thought was ever given to ending the band, but it was some time before Lexi felt compelled to return to songwriting again. And then “it was  me in the basement on this really awful recording program by myself with a guitar and a bass, just trying to write songs that would make me feel better about what was going on.”
                A new manager and a chance link-up at a party with Rick Jackett and James Black of Toronto modern-rock hitmakers Finger Eleven added further focus to Lexi’s renewed creative energies. Jackett and Black, she was surprised to learn, shared a great deal of Magneta Lane’s musical tastes and subsequently became fast friends – friends soon to be entrusted with the task of producing Magneta Lane’s next recording.
                “Those guys are really, really cool,” says Lexi. “I know a lot of people will be, like: ‘What does Magneta Lane have to do with Finger Eleven. How is there a connect there?’ But they’re fans of exactly the same music that we all love. It was so refreshing, too, to meet musicians who were good people, especially coming from an indie scene where it can be really cutthroat and where once everybody thinks you’re the ‘buzz band’ so many people choose just not to like you because they think it’s cool not to like you.
                “They were very encouraging. They never said: ‘This is the way the song should sound. Let’s turn this into a brand-new song.’ They were always, like: ‘Lex, this is really good. Now you’ve gotta go back and try again and make it better.’ I needed that kind of encouragement.”
                The collaboration catalyzed the intriguing new phase of Magneta Lane’s career heralded by Witchrock. “Burn” plays up the tougher rhythmic intensity hinted at on Dancing With Daggers and introduces a huskier, more mature iteration of Lexi Valentine, the vocalist, whose alto now channels seminal proto-punk forebears as Hynde and Harry with much more bite and confidence. “Good For” chugs forth with newfound drama reminiscent of Shirley Manson and Garbage, while “Leave the Light On” – with its barbed assertions that “strange girls need strange things to keep them awake” – genuinely qualifies as anthemic. “Lucky,” meanwhile, revisits what the Magneta Lane of old did with a more refined command of what it is Magneta Lane does.
                The Witchrock title comes from the band’s inability to find an accurate genre classification for its sound while recording.
                “What do we even call this? What genre is this? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it pop?” laughs Lexi, who decided to embrace her “inner villain” and air all her grievances about the past few years’ trials in the Witchrock lyric sheet. “We decided to make our own genre because we couldn’t figure out where we fit. We decided it sounds kind of witchy. People have said that to us before. Maybe it’s because we’re three girls. Maybe it’s something worse, I don’t know. Or care at this point.”
                In any case, Magneta Lane is moving upward and onward again. Lexi Valentine doesn’t feel she has a choice in the matter. Indeed, she’s recently found renewed inspiration to keep soldiering on despite everything in Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids.
“I love it. It’s a beautiful book. I love it so much,” she says. “There’s this one part where she’s talking about how she went to see Jim Morrison and the Doors. She loved Jim Morrison, obviously, and he was a big inspiration to her, but when she saw him onstage, instead of having the thoughts that every other person would have – ‘Oh my god, this is the greatest performer I’ve ever seen’ she was like: ‘I can do that.’
“That thought goes back to why we started the band. I really feel that way and I encourage every girl or boy who feels that way to do it because, to be honest, if WE can be in a band, any person who has the passion enough can do it. There was something really inspiring in knowing that Patti Smith felt the same way. I didn’t have to feel guilty about the fact that I was never that girl who would look at a male rock star and think ‘I wanna be with him.’ For me, it was always ‘I want that for myself.’” 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Brains is Beauty.

Just wanted to share a photo.

Patti Smith has been an inspiration of mine for quite some time.
As we've been tossing around video treatment ideas for "Burn", I thought about this picture for some reason.

Brains is beauty. Always know what you stand for. Don't be afraid to question something.
Knowledge is power. #BESMART xxL

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

Hey Everyone!!

Happy New Year!! Hope everyone is off to a fantastic start.

We are really excited for 2013 - I'm trying to sharpen my blogging skills as I find it easier to do twitter and facebook updates because I'm afraid I may ramble too much about nothing. I'm afraid to hear my self talk sometimes. I usually say the wrong thing and get in trouble for it.

I wanted to write about something completely different, just to kick off the new year. I'm in total self reflection mode. Get the brains flowing.

We are in the middle of prepping for the new EP. Also many ideas flowing around right now in regards to the music video for the new single " Burn" .

Filling out applications for such event I found my self in a pile of old Magneta Lane press clippings my mother has hoarded through out the years in an attempt to put together a one sheet of music review blurbs. God bless her.

As I sorted through the pile something caught my attention and I just wanted to share my revelation with you guys for whoever cares...

At an older age ( now in my just past mid twenties) - I've become more self aware. Self awareness is so important and becomes even more important as the years go by. I remember being 18 when everything was super tragic all the time and too be honest I never really knew why - it was bloody exhausting. As I sat there and started reading an old interview all these quotes were making me upset - quotes from my own mouth. The words - bratty, un-greatful, obnoxious and jaded came to mind and then I started laughing. I never understood why people would use the word mature in reviews, because quite frankly looking back I was FAR from it.

I wanted to make a comparison of where my head was then and where it is now...just for the sake of the new year, new music, fresh beginnings - 2004 flash forward to 2013....

First - One of the things I spoke of was "quitting at 27". HAHAHAHA wtf ??? - Im almost there. I feel younger now than I did then. And quite frankly music is my life. I will always do this. In whatever shape/form. It is what it is - part of me.Even if it makes me angry, its a vicious passionate marriage and it will probably kill me. I'm all for it. And as the years go by I realize I am on my path...27?!? What the fuck. LOL The girls and I have so much work to do.

Second - Taking things for granted - so jaded. There were so many marvelous things we got to see during the time of the Constant Lover and DWD and GWG all leading up to now. I have made it my new years resolution to take every breath in being thankful to be alive and being able to do what we love every day. Not to be self destructive. To be appreciative and to not whine about being tired all the god damn time.

All these amazing things were going on and I would have thought it was the fucking dark ages haha.
I will be the first to say that after being a band for almost 10 years - the ride has been wild. We've seen ups and downs galore. Slept in vans in the middle of winter - you name it. The experience is a delicious one. It's hands-on. It's not for the faint hearted.

Good times. haha

We have grown up with you guys. We continue to do so. Awkward hair, clothes, you name it - you've seen it all.

I hate using the word FAN in all honesty cause I feel like it makes us sound so self- righteous and crazy. You guys are our friends, our support system, the group in which we feel we belong. The place where we feel the most like ourselves. It goes beyond words.

Thank you.

If I could say anything to my 18 year old self , it would be this -

Wake the fuck up and smell the roses cause life doesn't wait up or give a shit. Enjoy every moment. Taste it. Be thankful for it - everyday. You are lucky. 

That is all.

Here's an old photo I found... 2004 ( Holy Shit - Nadia's jacket!! haha)

Can't wait to get the new EP out to ya'll in February.

I always wondered if it sounds weird for a Canadian to say ya'll... it's quite practical. I like it.

2013 here we go!!


Friday, December 14, 2012

New EP "WitchRock" - Why the title?

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since we last blogged. So I figured I'd get my ass to it because I wanted to share with you guys why we named the album WitchRock. Its important that you understand... It's not meant to be a contrived thing.

For this EP we were so blessed to get Rick and James to work on this album with us. We have so many of the same musical tastes - its crazy. We love those guys. We love them for understanding our message, our sound and most importantly our sense of humour. Just like our listeners. You guys who know us through our music, get it. We love you for that.

For the longest time ( almost 10 years now to be exact) - ML has always had a really hard time fitting into a genre (genres are bullshit lol). And sometimes we find it really hard to answer the question when we get asked - What are you?

Our response would be.. we are a rock band? indie rock band? I dunno.

We are 3 best friends (sisters really) who play music together and who are completely self taught. How do you categorize that? People are always so serious when they ask us that and we just crack jokes.

In the studio we were recording the album and the sound was changing and taking a life of its own. Again we were faced with having to put ourselves in a category... FUCK. lol

We sat there and scratched our heads thinking, "Well we don't even know what to call it anymore"

Being quite the satirical bunch that we are - Rick and James exclaimed "WitchRock!"... we had a good laugh. The genre was created.

We were finally part of something that was ours and now yours. And we hope you guys enjoy the journey with us.

For those of you who don't know the inside story...People ask us if we are witches all the time. Constantly.

We believe in a bit of everything.

Here's the new album trailer... ENJOY!!

Happy Holidays!

X  Lexi, French, Nadia

Monday, July 16, 2012

Magneta Lane, Black Box Revelation & Girl In A Coma live in TORONTO, July 24th 2012!

Hey All!

It’s Summer and you know what that means... MORE live music!!!!!
We have another summer show coming up next week and we want you to be there! For those of you that can't make it, don't fret! we do have plans to hit the road very soon. Stay tuned for details on all that.

We will be opening up for Girl in a Coma & Black Box Revelation on Tuesday July 24th at The Garrison here in Toronto.

Girl in a Coma - Smart

Black Box Revelation - Lust or Love

This is a 19+ event. Tickets are available at Rotate This/Soundscapes now!

Magneta Lane will be hitting the stage at 9pm / Doors are at 8:30pm. Some of you have requested posters for the show. We have created some in limited edition.The poster was created by Nadia.

Merch will be available at this show as well.

Visit the official Facebook event page here: EVENT PAGE

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @magneta_lane: ML TWITTER

Facebook : ML FACEBOOK

Merch site : SHOP ML MERCH

Thanks everyone! We hope to see you at the show! This is gonna be a hell of a good night.

Lex, Nadia and French