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      May 4, 2019

      Saturday   9:30 PM

      2501 Kettner Boulevard
      San Diego, California 92101

      Lauren Ruth Ward

      with Laura Jean Anderson
      I fucking nail second chances, says Lauren Ruth Ward, benignly reflecting on the time she got expelled from high school in her junior year. With aged wisdom beyond her years, she reminisces about her hometown of Baltimore, where her upbringing was what the songstress lovingly refers to as a cocktail for being an artist; She grew up splitting her time between a bohemian mother Im very pragmatic, and she would call that cold and intense and some weekends with her father Hes a healthy republican, she says with a laugh. From a young age, she also had a natural drive for creativity, with the talent to back it. I was wearing a beehive every day in sophomore year, she says, describing how shes always had a knack for doing hair. Junior, senior year, scene was really in and I was like a scene queen. I had a splash of blonde over here, splash of blonde over there.Meanwhile, Ward also taught herself to sew clothes, as well as sing and play guitar, taking cues from the music of her childhood 70s rock and her moms old disco compilations and the music of her teens: Mirah, Elliott Smith, basically anything emotional, folky and dismal, she says. (If youre curious, that combination lands Ward somewhere between Janis Joplin and Courtney Barnett.)When graduation rolled around and it came time to pick a career, Ward took on hairstyling. By 22 she had a fully booked calendar with cancellation backups at the salon where she worked and was running her own wedding updo business. She was ambitious, successful, and doing work she loved, yet something was missing. I saw the music then, but I was behind a chair six days a week, says Ward about coming to terms with pursuing another career. To be honest, I wanted a band, she continues, every time I found someone to play with, they had a day job they didnt have the dream. And you really gotta fuckin have it to live in a world thats musical.So in 2015, Ward packed up her life and road tripped to her new home of Los Angeles. After a challenging, perfectionistic pursuit, Ward came together with a band: Liv Slingerland (bass), India Pascucci (drums) and guitarist and fellow songwriter Eduardo Rivera. They all call me Mom, she says with a laugh. Its like getting three new best friends that youre giving the most personal part of yourself. Theyve even got matching jackets.Together, they created Wards debut album, Well, Hell, a nine track sampler of what she calls the bands four modes. Theres the heaven of the album, Did I Offend You?, a sweet, airy, swiftly cadenced track which crescendos into a powerful chant: Youre only breaking down/ youre only breaking down/ youre only breaking down. Then theres the hell, Blue Collar Sex Kitten, a full-throttle rock song that dives head first into distorted chords, sexuality Im a dyke/ dated guys/ aint a crime/ wont apologize for my tribe, sings Ward and a psychedelic breakdown that sounds like lucid dreaming. Theres the bands acoustic mode, made up by breathy tracks like Travel Man, and finally Wards poppier side, heard on Sideways a funky, retro take on soul-searching and feeling lost and Sheet Stains, a bluesy ode to her fiance, indie pop mega-star LP, who sings backup vocals on the track. The bands chameleonic moods are punctuated by Wards playfulness with her bandmates on stage, dancing with audience and her signature white dotted eyes. Wards music has even gained her a dedicated international fanbase in fact, three fans flew from France to be at the Well, Hell record release show in Los Angeles.In some ways, Well, Hell is Wards second chance at a career doing what she loves most: creating. I could totally have done a version of this in Baltimore, but not the way Ive done it here, Ward says of making music in Los Angeles. In others, Ward hasnt changed a bit you can still catch her doing hair, though now its under a batch of clementine trees at her house. I had four clients at my house today, she says with a laugh as she preps for a show. I just picked the hair out from underneath my nails. Either way, one things for sure: theres no telling whats in store for Ward and company. This is definitely a different life for me, she says. This is Lauren 2.0.

      Cost: 12.00

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