It’s been nearly two years since Lissy Trullie let loose onto the music scene with her celebrated EP, Self-Taught Learner. Complete with a delicate biting of post-punk guitar traditions, the EP solidified Trullie as a promising star on just about everybody’s radar. Now she’s emerged again with her first full-length album, self-titled Lissy Trullie, that’s scheduled for an early 2012 release.
Endless and impressive comparisons can certainly be drawn to the swagger and poetic lyrics of Patti Smith and Morrissey, the magnetic, throaty pipes of Nico, and the punky rebel prowess of Sioxsie And The Banshees. But if Trullie’s first single off the LP—the stunningly-crafted, eerie lullaby Madeleine is any indication, Trullie is on fire and going to deliver a fiercely individual record in 2012. The musician let it all out for ELLE, revealing what took her so long to release the album and why she has a bone to pick with The Millionaire Matchmaker.
ELLE: Your full length album is finally being released in 2012. How excited are you? What can you tell us about it?
LT: I’m VERY excited about it! The album was produced by John Hill and David Setik, and recorded in LA. Even though it took a while to make this record, I couldn’t be happier with the result. Sonically, it’s a graduation from what I previously put out. On top of the expected guitar, bass, and drums. There’s lots of texture–synths, brass, drum machines, organs… I even played an iPad on one song. Also, I took this opportunity to expand my song writing with patient slower songs, unusual structures, and mature arrangements.
ELLE: So, do you have a New Years’ Resolution?
LT: Yes. Learn to enjoy dancing.
ELLE: Do you have a favorite viral YouTube video of 2011?
LT: I have to confess that I’m not that into YouTube. I rarely look at videos people send or post. BUT, I was recently shown a video that blew my socks off–it’s called Swedish Child Orchestra. If you happen to find it, I think your socks will be swept away too.
ELLE: What about a pop culture guilty pleasure of 2011?
LT: Millionaire Matchmaker. Although, I have a bone to pick with her about my people–redheads.
ELLE: Favorite concert of 2011?
LT: Hmmmm… It’s a three way tie: Gang Gang Dance, Light Asylum, and Anna Calvi.
ELLE: Any advice to offer for those spending NYE in NYC?
LT: Any NYE I’ve spent in NYC has been horrendous. My advice is to avoid it at all costs.
ELLE: What was the highlight of 2011 for you? Opening for Blondie?
LT: Yes, definitely opening for Blondie. I still can’t believe they asked us on tour. Also making my record with John and Dave. Those two are so talented, it was a real rush.
ELLE: We miss your DJing days at the Beatrice Inn. If you were DJing on NYE, what songs would you have to play?
LT: Anika “End Of The World”
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Our Time”
The Walkmen “In The New Year”
The Zombies “This Will Be Our Year”
Frank Sinatra “My Way”
Beach House “Better Times”