kills to kisses – lullaby apocalypse

released May 5th, 2015

available digitally and on CD here

kills to kisses is Lisa Dowling’s alter-ego and the name of her electronic art-rock bass/vocal/looping project. She is a character Lisa created about a year and a half ago out of a need to have a more specific space for her own musical experiments in song writing that were different from her other projects. What began as an exploration into her identity as a bassist evolved to explore her identity as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and most importantly, a woman who creates. Creating a character provided a safe space for her to dig deeper into her own vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and sensuality. After Lisa graduated from music school, she became interested in how she could write pop based music with contemporary classical techniques, gestures and colors and that challenge excited her. For example, she discovered that if she hit the bass tailpiece with the bow and looped it with a tremolo FX she had the beginnings of a really cool beat. The simplicity of these discoveries were inspiring. What she definitely wasn’t interested in was fulfilling the traditional bass player role in pop and rock music.

All the string sounds you hear on this album are made with a double bass.

video for the song Grey

read an interview with Lisa at I Care If You Listen from 4/2/15