Sexy siren LILY FROST is gearing up to launch her new EP REBOUND (Aporia Records) as part of the second edition of her wildly popular BIG CITY SOCIAL. The film-noir styled collection of songs fits the new chic performance series to a T. Big City Social unleashed to a standing-room-only crowd at Lula Lounge in April and number two promises heightened revelry, presented smack dab on the Thursday between Pride and Canada Day celebrations in Toronto. The event lineup includes LILY FROST AND THE GENTLEMEN CALLERS with special guests jive cats TENNESSEE VOODOO COUPE and featuring LAURA DESIREE, DEW LILY, SODA POP HOP DANCE STUDIO with D.J. DAVID FARIS and MS. ‘MATCHMAKER’ MARSHALL. It all takes place Thursday, June 29 at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West. Doors 6:30pm / 7:00pm cocktails & dance lessons / 8:00pm show / 11:00pm late night dance contest. Dinner reservations guarantee seating: 416-588-0307.
The titles on Lily Frost’s new EP REBOUND speak for themselves: “Rebound Bitch,” “Sex Trip,” “Red Flags” and “Witchdoctor.” Frost is obviously writing songs that are spiked with an attitude of brazen, female empowerment, while combining elements of Americana, swing, surf, and spaghetti western, all set to big beats, massive horns, and a cinematic film-noir vibe.
Both “Sex Trip” and “Rebound Bitch” portray a spurned lover turned bi-curious, looking to boldly explore an LGBTQ alternative lifestyle. Equally bold are the loud, brassy horns, and twangy surf guitars that drive each song. The former track balances these elements with beautifully arranged strings and even a harp.
In “Witchdoctor,” Frost’s haunted and haunting voice tells the tale of a brief but deep, fleeting encounter so powerful and memorable that it actually cures your blues and changes your life.
“Red Flags” is especially cinematic, moving from a growling muted trumpet to a languorous bridge, culminating in Frost’s litany of dismissals for a nasty hustler. The song is a cautionary tale about protecting one’s heart and avoiding the ensnarement of online dating.
Lily Frost is celebrated for her earlier recordings, such as 2008’s Lily Swings, which featured swing renditions of Billie Holiday songs, or for all of her 12 original albums to date. Well known from song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Charmed, Mistresses, Crazy Beautiful and Being Erica, or TV commercials for Chevy Cobalt and The Bay, Frost has earned a place in Canada’s music scene elite.