Liz Cooper: The Hot Sass Tour
with New Madrid
at Thunderbird Music Hall
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian.
Limited balcony tickets available, seating assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
*Must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours of show, upon entry*
On the porch of her one-time Nashville home, Liz Cooper had a multimedia project that combined two of her loves: lips and cigarettes. She painted her own lips with red paint and kissed a canvas two or three hundred times, later dotting them with the detritus left behind in ashtrays by her friends. An overlap of intimacy, indulgence, cheekiness, and sensuality, the piece complements Cooper's roiling second record, Hot Sass. Over jagged, frenetic guitar parts, Cooper sets expectations aflame with the record's title track. Her songs unfurl like smoke spiraling off an incense cone late in the afternoon, with Cooper pushing deeper into psychedelic openness, punk ferocity, and beyond.
Hot Sass marks multiple departures for Liz Cooper: from her nine-year home of Nashville, from her band addendum of the Stampede, from any genre-burdened expectations she'd accumulated over the years. After heavy touring in support of 2018's Window Flowers, where her songs stretched out in live settings, she felt constricted by the Americana-adjacent associations that the Stampede carried. So with her bandmates' blessing, she dropped the moniker, pursuing sounds and songs that let her chase the inspiration lent to her by the likes of Courtney Love, Lou Reed, and David Bowie.www.newmadridband.com
In a year where we have spent a lot of time inside, New Madrid
is an album, and a band, that engenders some inward reflections to bring us back out of ourselves -- leaving behind the questions that don't need any answers.