Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys to release shrouds at Tecumseh CenterWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko met at an open mic two years ago. Now married, they tour the country together in the band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.
The two enjoy playing together.
“It’s cool; we like each other so it’s pretty nifty,” she said.
The band is currently supporting its album “Release Your Shrouds,” which came out in June 2012. They will perform at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts on Aug. 22.
Lou wrote the song “Tied Down To You” while on her honeymoon in Colorado, which the band tagged along in. Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys was in the middle of its first tour. The song is about the wedding, which happened a week prior.
“I write about the time and place in which I am existing,” Lou said.
The rest of the album spans a variety of topics, she said.
“We live in Michigan and we are profoundly influenced by the seasons,” she said. “Leaves and Pods” and “The Leaves are Changin’” are two songs on the album about that topic.
Lou also wrote a song about the day the world was supposed to end last year.
“It’s actually a letter to the predictors,” Lou said. “You hear about all these people that give up their lives, sell their homes and make a wreck because they think that some weird reading of an ancient text is predicting the world’s going to end.”
Rilko wrote an instrumental track “Barbarossa,” which is inspired by the pirate.
The band is made up of Lou, Rilko and three other men. Lou said she didn’t intend to be the only female in a five-piece band.
“That’s just the way it worked out,” she said. “There’s a disproportionate number of male musicians than there are female musicians. That’s just the way it is and how it’s always been. I think it’s changing now though. Like, in the science industry, there’s always a huge disproportion of men to women but it’s changing drastically. … We’re all just level-headed people that I don’t think it comes up that much.”
The men of the band add vocals to tracks as well.
“We got a really nice man chorus on there that I think really adds some pizazz,” Lou said.