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“Monterey locals in Granted Earth team up with Lena Lou from Seattle and the Strawberry Girls to put on a performance that displays quite the mix of musical genres. Granted Earth showcases their style of music that begins in genius and beautiful instrumentals, only to shortly be accompanied by hardcore screaming vocals, in a way that makes their band truly unique and enjoyable. This combines well with music by Lena Lou, who focus on creating music that includes rock and psychedelic segments that are equally impressive--especially when fronted by a female guitar player. Strawberry Girls are a local instrumental band who bring groove to a whole new level by using a moog in their music, which is a type of synthesizer that creates sounds that one would think came from outer space. Check out the slamming and unique line up performing exclusively in Monterey County!”
“Seattle's best - and only - progressive post-rock band Led by songwriter/guitarist Tasha Spizelli and featuring new members Brian Joyce on drums and Daniel McManus on bass, Lena Lou opened proceedings with a high-octane set. Showing off numbers from their debut The Live EP, the intimate setting of Fuel Sports played right into the band's strengths; mellow, introspective passages rubbed shoulders with raging, aggressive movements, all within the same songs. The fluid and instrumental nature of the songs made it difficult to discern individual songs as they were being performed. It was hard to argue with the musicianship and actual playing, though; Joyce was a rock behind his kit, McManus might well be the snazziest bass player in the world, and Spizelli - aided in no small part by the Mike Soldano SLO-100 amp - was the guiding force of the music, embodying every nuance and subtlety in Lena Lou's diverse and myriad sound. Lena Lou bring something very new and different to the table.”
“The live nature of the music is part of the design; there's no studio trickery here, and neither does there need to be. Lena Lou is strictly instrumental, and this benefits the music in so many ways. No pesky words to distract us from the gorgeous tones of Spizelli's guitar, whether delicately plucking strings or effortlessly switching to a crunching seven-string distortion attack. Without vocals, the music is free to roam and establish its own identity. It's futile to fault the formula, considering how well it works. When the mood is mellow and the tones ring out as clear as windchimes, your mind wanders into new places, new soundscapes. Spizelli's undeniable guitar chops make each song its own imaginative journey. This isn't just your typical soft/loud dynamic; this is intelligent, thoughtful music. 5.0/5.0: Music this engaging and unique is hard to find, but Lena Lou have nailed it perfectly on The Live EP.”
“Lena Lou, a band from Seattle playing trance-y instrumental rock that goes from spatial and psychedelic to dive-bombing roars, sometimes within the same song. The band is led by guitarist extraordinare Tasha Spizelli, who is very adept and skilled at her instrument as she makes you totally forget that there is a missing vocalist.”
“Lena Lou is seven shakes of awesome sauce”
"lena lou are an instrumental 3-piece fronted by tasha spizelli, resembling the better parts of bands like russian circles and mogwai. i actually saw tasha dislocate her left pinky while tearing it up on her 7-string at the end of their set." ** she actually dislocated her index finger**
“Lena Lou is all instrumental led by female guitarist Lena Lou, and it’s luster is intoxicating. Super charged shoe-gaze captured with a Jimi Hendrix meets Radiohead melodies, Lena Lou is absolutely in a category by herself. Stepping on all the rules she commands a room with her stark guitar presence and demands you sit up and take notice. Her ability to transcend gender barriers so often placed to male guitar leads is rivaled with her band that charges the stage and leave the audience wanting more. This show is definitely worth checking out.”