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A YEAR?!?!? 

Can you believe it has been over a year since our last blog post? Well, you can blame Miranda for that one. 

We have been working so hard lately; collaborating on new material, booking and playing shows, and practice practice practicing! 2018 really seems to be the year that No Damsel cultivates a new style and paves their path towards a legacy of some kind. With all the turmoil happening in the news every single day, we feel it is important that we continue to promote female empowerment and equal rights for all people. We want to contribute to this cause by creating meaningful and inspirational music for all of you. We have had the great privilege of playing an average of two shows a month for the last few months, and the honor of bringing all of our lovely fans a few new tunes for them to get down to, all the while promoting our message of equality.

If you've come to recent shows, you've probably noticed that our lead singer puts down her guitar a little more often lately. We have been utilizing some new approaches towards writing and producing music, and she has found that sometimes it's easier to write without the safety net of her guitar. This has created a more balanced effort towards creating new music where our guitarist, Jack, gets to flex his incredible musical-theory-muscle in order to come up with a style surrounding the bare bones of creativity trapped inside Miranda's head. With our bassist David's excellent rhythms, there suddenly blooms a song where before lay only a shimmer of an idea. Once we have the concept structured a little better, our drummer Bryan puts the icing on the proverbial percussion cake, rounding us off nicely with a few drums and cymbals. 

Using this method, we have brought you a few new gems like "Leave the Rest for Me", a song inspired solely by a lyric that our singer came up with in her sleep, which grew into a rhythmic and bouncy little tune, inspired by the sounds of bands such as The Black Keys and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. 

Another song to come forth recently is "Fairly Tough", a catchy little ditty that revolves around a hook that will be stuck in your head for days. "I cut my hair and I cut you off | I'm barely there, but I'm fairly tough", "Voices in your head can't quiet me | I doubt I really need your blue eyes to see", and some other choice lyrics, are the basis for this empowering song about not needing another person to validate your awesomeness...

And last, but certainly not least, we have "Gimme Some Love", a truly inspiring song that was the ultimate collaboration of styles from each member of the band individually. There is a jazzy feel to this song, with a hint of (and if you know Miranda at all, this should come as no surprise) Broadway. A rhythmic drum breakdown by Bryan and David in the middle of the song gives way to a finale finish that would make even Velma Kelly envious. "Here's to love | Here's to coming undone, and breaking apart for love | I have a feeling that everyone's hiding the secret and marveling in the cacophony of it all | Gimme some love..." 

Here's a video of us at one of our shows in May, premiering some of these new sounds at the Lombard Pub

We miss you guys and can't wait to have you for our next show on October 6th at one of our favorite venues, The Buffalo Gap!

Stay tuned for more updates on that show and new tunes coming your way. We have some fun covers we are working on, as well as a couple of new originals. We look forward to bringing you all of this tasty new material, and seeing you on the 6th!

 

Love and peace and all that,

 

ND <3

There's Nowhere to Go...Except For Up 


Greetings all you earthly and heavenly beings,

This is Miranda comin' atcha with some news about a NEW SONG release! We are proud to bring you "Except for Up", a new single release from No Damsel.

A little about this piece:

This song was written in a dream state...in the midst of an inevitable, but yet unspoken, breakup. The lyrics reflect this dissonant state of mind in which you know it's ending, but you don't yet have the guts to express the words to end it.

"Red hot coals...in my throat...have been keeping me from telling you...that I'm aware that you don't care...and all my blood, is boiling to..." 

Our guitarist, Jack Lazelle, captured the vibe of the song perfectly with his decision to use a slide guitar as the lead. It pays homage to The Beach Boys' "In My Room" with its haunting melody, wailing up and down the neck of the guitar under that little metal slide.

The song initially remained unfinished when it was first written, as the last verse had yet to be realized. Once the relationship was over, the final words came to me quickly and succinctly:

"I don't know you, you don't know me...our first kiss went so differently...not like the last one, that was a fast one, like the one you pulled on me..."

We feel like this song is one that is familiar to everyone - a theme that has come to all of us at one time or another. Maybe you're facing this dilemma as you are reading this, so we are here to tell you to be strong, kiddies. Remember that, even when you feel like the lowest of the low, and your throat is burning with words unsaid, there is nowhere to go except for up. So cool down, have a listen to this track, and take in the sleepy sounds of No Damsel as we calm your soul and ears. You can download it on itunes here or on amazon music here, or feel free to listen on Google Play and Spotify.

And remember we have a live show coming up soon! It's fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited! Look for us at the Buffalo Gap saloon on March 11th - 9pm (it's free, so bring everyone you've ever met). We'll be singing with our good friend Leja Marija, and it's sure to be a super fun evening full of new songs!!!

Thanks for reading, and remember we love all of you guys. 

Peace and love,

No Damsel