With the pervasive presence of manufactured music acts and the increased influx of a seemingly infinite glut of well-meaning amateurs on the Internet these days, it becomes increasingly difficult to find an authentic, artistically mature, fresh voice in the world of music. Yet, substantial, meaningful artists are out there—and multi-talented singer/songwriter/electric guitarist Lisa Bianco is living proof. Her evocative and inventive songs are influenced by the alternative rock stylings of The Joy Formidable and The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, combined with the pop sensibilities of Blondie and The Bangles. Her voice is emotive and unique, her songs are rich in pathos and a lust for life, and her electric guitar playing is imaginative, bold and tasteful—all amply demonstrated on her highly successful and universally praised latest EP release, Momentum.
“Combining down and dirty electrics with addictive, . . . sweet melodies, Bianco once again squeezes the proverbial rock and roll mainstream juice into her cup of bratty punk snarl and the results are a big, bold. . . compositional passion and vision.” —John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian Weekly
Having recently opened for such well-known acts as Antigone Rising, Rick Springfield, Dada and Red Wanting Blue, Lisa has developed her unique and compelling sound and acquired her hard-won well established authenticity by paying serious dues; that is, by playing countless live shows over the past several years. Subsequently, her fan base has become strong and growing, cultivated by her years of hitting the circuit at venues in NYC such as the Mercury Lounge, the Knitting Factory, City Winery, Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Stone Pony, Maxwell’s and The Saint in New Jersey. She has recently completed a U.S. East Coast/Canadian tour, performing several times at NYC’s Anti-Folk Festival on a bill with contemporaries such as Nicole Atkins and Regina Spektor, as well as playing the CMJ Music Marathon and the Light of Day Concerts in Asbury Park (sharing the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile and Jesse Malin). Momentum is the culmination of that rigorous yet creative and fruitful journey, and once heard it becomes evident that Lisa is an artist who has matured exquisitely. Her songs are contagious, well crafted, and poignant, and Lisa’s voice is undeniable, yet words are often not enough to describe talent such as this. The evidence lies simply in experiencing Lisa Bianco on Momentum and/or in one of her electrifying live performances (both—to get the whole picture) and letting nature take its course.
“This is truly an artist to keep an eye out for . . . as talented songwriters who also can boast of the charisma and talent of Bianco are rare”—Bob Smith, Good Times Magazine
Native New Yorker Lisa Bianco issued her highly anticipated EP release, Momentum, in November of 2011, and re-issued an enhanced mix version with improved packaging in June of 2012. In the wake of its successful release she was selected to join the artist roster of Daisy Rock Guitars™ along with other notable artists such as Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls, The Veronicas, Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Momentum showcases Lisa’s songwriting, singing and electric guitar playing to her great
advantage. Every tune on the EP reflects her well developed artistry and her uncanny knack for great melodies, engaging lyrics and hook-laden guitar riffs. And Lisa isn’t afraid to pull out the stops in her live performances with a high-energy show that features a determined yet rich voice that’s seductive and impossible to resist, and includes great songs and energetic, dynamic guitar playing. Her shows are great fun that erases the distance between artist and audience. Simply put, whether on recordings or in live shows,
Lisa Bianco creates a moving and captivating experience each time she performs.
“. . . [A] unique style which includes Lisa's impressive guitar chops and infectious, hard driving melodies.” —Tiffany Razzano, The Queens Chronicle
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Lisa Bianco - Vocals and Guitars
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"Momentum" - November 2011
"Post Data" - March 2009
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“This truly is an artist to keep an eye out for…as talented songwriters who also can boast of the ch...“This truly is an artist to keep an eye out for…as talented songwriters who also can boast of the charisma and talent of Bianco are rare” — Good Times Magazine 3-27-12 ***FIND ALL COMPREHENSIVE PRESS HISTORY WITH LINKS ON WWW.LISABIANCO.COM
"Down and Dirty Electrics with Addictive Sugar Sweet Melodies"
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"Combining down and dirty electrics with addictive, sugar sweet melodies, Bianco once again squeezes..."Combining down and dirty electrics with addictive, sugar sweet melodies, Bianco once again squeezes the proverbial rock n' roll mainstream juice into her cup of bratty punk snarl and the results are a big, bold biological reaction of compositional passion and vision" - The Aquarian 11-23-11
"Delivers Overdrive To Make Neil Young Turn His Head"
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"Bianco sings music from the heartland, but her riot spirit comes alive in every runaway train jam....."Bianco sings music from the heartland, but her riot spirit comes alive in every runaway train jam... delivers overdrive to make Neil Young turn his head" - Deli Magazine 10-20-11
Distinctive NYC underground songstress." — CMJ
Inventive Vereses and Contagious Choruses
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The Aquarian 3-11-09 "Post Data" CD review I’ve watched this next “Shoreworld” artist grow i...The Aquarian 3-11-09
"Post Data" CD review
I’ve watched this next “Shoreworld” artist grow in leaps and bounds since her last record. Lisa Bianco has become an excellent songwriter with a smooth addictive voice along the lines of Liz Phair and Brenda Carlyle while playing some very tasty guitar along the way. One of the more outstanding guitar players in her genre, Lisa shows keen sensibilities with rhythm and lead lines, melodic by nature and wily enough to understand that you play for the good of the song, not the player.
Produced by Bryan Russell, the disc works smoothly as his understanding of Bianco’s
music is very apparent, dropping Lisa’s vocals and sizzling guitar work right on
top of tight bass and thick drums courtesy of David Leathergood and Dan Duggins.
This is one of those rare times that I love the whole record. I just enjoy everything she’s
doing with Post Data. Some of my favorite tracks were the crunchy goodness of “Something To Prove,” featuring hip choruses and guitar lines ala Elliot Easton
(The Cars), easily one of the songs I would consider to be very radio friendly, it also
showcases Bianco’s much improved vocal strengths in fine fashion.
The atmospheric pull of “Falling Leaves” brings back images of early Heart with
its acoustic intro and when it pulls into the proverbial station, Bianco amazes with
her twists and compositional turns, winding out some highly inventive verses and
contagious choruses. And of course the title track, “Post Data,” says it all as Lisa
sets up the chorus with a great bridge in the vein of Blondie before turning loose
on the money shot chorus of this fine tune. Lisa Bianco is a unique musical fighter
that’s learned her trade and emerged on the winning side with a great disc full of
label gold. Pick up a copy online and don’t forget to see her live at The Cape
May Singer Songwriter Conference on March 27. For further information go
— John Pfeiffer
All the Makings of a VH1 Classic
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Press Review featured in: The Aquarian by John Pfeiffer Lisa Bianco The Saint LIVE! Aug. 27,...Press Review featured in:
The Aquarian by John Pfeiffer
The Saint LIVE!
Aug. 27, 2008
Lisa Bianco is not only a strong vocalist, but she’s an awesome lead guitarist as well. Bianco is a multi-talented writer in the vein of Pat Benatar and Lucinda Williams, just to name a poignant few. Her playing style reminds me of The Breeders’ Kim Deal “Tuff As Nails” sound mixed with The Godfather’s shimmer of Kris Dollimore riffage. The Saint crowd totally got into this New York style group of CBGB’s-meets-The Bitter End gang, right down to the attitude laden solo’s that Bianco spit out like so much Lincoln Tunnel gravel. Her set at The Saint was raw and determined, climbing above some bar chattering idiots and winning over the room. Bianco threw in songs such as “Sideways,” a melodic ballad that has all the makings of a VH1 classic, featuring glassy pianos, superb melodies and grungy Bianco lead lines. We also got another sneak peak at the new record with “We Communicate,” a slowly building, thoughtful composition ala Benatar, slick, well played pop rock with a well produced monster feel. Bianco’s signature song was up last and is entitled “Sun Glare,” a tune that she made popular with her last group. It’s easy to see why people standing next to me were actually calling for it as it chugs out into its beginning, shooting Bianco’s bell clear voice out front, as she leans her hip into that telecaster for the chorus. Her solo stands up to any rocker I know, bluesy and full of dirt, she tore the guts from the song, leaving her guitar screaming on stage. The band is comprised of Lisa on vocals and guitars, as well as David Leatherwood on bass, Dan Duggins on drums and Gerry Perlinski on guitar. Lisa can be reached over at lisabianco.net.
"...seamlessly fuse aspects of influences that run the gamut from Fugazi to The Bangles"
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NEW YORK — Lisa Bianco describes herself as a â€œpop singer/songwriter with a punk heart.â€ Bianco,...NEW YORK — Lisa Bianco describes herself as a â€œpop singer/songwriter with a punk heart.â€ Bianco, who was raised in Long Island and currently lives in Queens, said the diverse New York music scene she grew up with had a huge impact on her songwriting.
Indeed, Bianco's songs seamlessly fuse aspects of influences that run the gamut from Fugazi to The Bangles.
This will be the second CMJ Week appearance for Bianco, who regularly tours around the tri-state area, alternating between full-band and acoustic solo performances.
â€œI really learned a lot from the whole thing last year,â€ she said. â€œYou meet people at other gigs and talk about music and the state of the industry. â€¦ New York becomes even smaller at this event.â€
Lisa Bianco performs at CMJ on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Village Underground with a full band.
Hometown: New York
Genre: Indie rock/alternative
Influences: Pearl Jam, U2, Blondie, Radiohead, Patti Smith
Craziest Musical Experience: Traveling from New York to Geneva to Venice to see Pearl Jam perform at a festival, only to learn that it had been canceled due to a tornado. â€œWe just got drunk on wine and went out to dinner,â€ she recalled. â€œIt was really bizarre.â€â€œYou see a lot of extremes of everything,â€ she noted. â€œYou can always grab something fun from any kind of band or performer, no matter what it is. â€¦ I think I kind of incorporate all that stuff.â€
Infectious, hard driving melodies
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The Queens Chronicle Tiffany Razzano 2-12-09 Whether it is through social networking sites like...The Queens Chronicle
Whether it is through social networking sites like Facebook or a quick text via cellphone, people are increasingly communicating through electronic messaging rather than face-to-face.
For one Astoria alternative folk-rocker, the advent of a new world order of “e-relationships” doesn’t have to be a bad thing — and can even be the impetus for groundbreaking music.
In her debut album as a solo performer, Post Data, Lisa Bianco is trying to find a personal connection through technology that isn’t cold, clinical or calculated.
“Post Data is where the relationship of humans and data is evolving and we have an emotional attachment to it,” Bianco explained. “Now we resort to computers to e-mail and text to maintain relationships with each other. Yeah, it’s keeping in touch, but where is the real face time and interaction, which is what makes us human, real and alive?”
With veteran producer Bryan Russell (Envy on the Coast, Straylight Run) at the helm, themes of post-modern alienation weave their way in and out of Bianco’s songs, which are mostly about her relationships with herself and other people.
In “Already Gone,” she sings, “I regret what I never said.” But the backbone of the album — and its finale — is the track “Post Data/We Communicate,” which Bianco considers “a summation of how we function as people.”
Self-released on her own label, Random Noise Records, the record release party for Post Data will be on March 6 at Arlene’s Grocery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Originally from New Hyde Park, L.I., music came naturally to Bianco, though after high school she went on to the University of Hartford to study occupational therapy. It was there that she learned to play guitar. “I was shy,” she said. “It was a play guitar in my room kind of thing.”
After college her confidence grew when she moved back to New York, settling in Queens about six years ago to hit the local open-mic circuit. “I knew I had to get out there,” she said. “As a songwriter, you want people to hear your songs and you believe you have a message to convey.”
Eventually, she put together a band, called Red Jacket, featuring a revolving door of musicians who joined her in releasing two EPs before breaking up two years ago, paving the way for her career as a solo artist.
Bianco’s influences are varied — from alternative rock mainstays like Radiohead to post-punk pioneers like The Bangles and The Go-Gos, the legendary Blondie, and even country music acts like the Dixie Chicks and Lucinda Williams.
These influences merge as Bianco shows off her unique style which includes her impressive guitar chops and infectious, hard driving melodies.
Bianco, backed by a full band, will take the stage at 8 p.m. at Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St. in Manhattan.
The $10 cover includes a copy of Bianco’s Post Data. For more information about the artist and a complete list of her upcoming shows, go to lisabianco.net.
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Highlights of 3rd Annual Wave Gathering Festival in Asbury Park, NJ "...Sultry NYC neighbor Lisa ...Highlights of 3rd Annual Wave Gathering Festival in Asbury Park, NJ
"...Sultry NYC neighbor Lisa Bianco [worked her magic at Carmines]"
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"[The band] onstage makes a claim as one of the city's most galvanizing [rock bands]...whose unstopp..."[The band] onstage makes a claim as one of the city's most galvanizing [rock bands]...whose unstoppable quest for noise sketches a gorgeous line from Coltrane to Hendrix to Crazy Horse to Tom Verlaine."
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"...spreading a unique sound throughout the New York underground. An interesting blend of alternativ..."...spreading a unique sound throughout the New York underground. An interesting blend of alternative, guitar rock, and pure punk aggression has led to a very distinct calling..."
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"The creativity follows the lines of hard-sounding acts like Nirvana and Neil Young: great hooks, go..."The creativity follows the lines of hard-sounding acts like Nirvana and Neil Young: great hooks, good melodies, and fine playing"
Big City Lights
No Doubt About It
Tumble Like Weeds
Whatever the Cost
Point of View
Catch and Weave
All the Things that Remind Me
Something to Prove
As Good As It Gets
Band sets and solo electric sets
Set times: 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Varies upon venue.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.