What if your favorite character from a Lisa Frank folder were to come to life, rip her jeans, put on some Converse shoes, pick up a guitar and learn to program a drum machine? It may be hard to imagine that happening, but if it did, then that new musician would sound something like Lisa Prank. Pop-punk solo artist Lisa Prank, real name Robin Edwards, has a sound and sentimentality that will thaw even the coldest of hearts.
Edwards is a rare solo artist that is able to perform and record totally solo, without the need for a backing band, or countless studio musicians filling in. Just Lisa Prank, her guitar, and her drum machine which she affectionately named “Roland” can fill a room with enough energy and joy to make any room into a dance floor. This sense of intimacy permeates her sound, and it ads a personal touch that is lacking from so much of today’s music. If you’re alone this Valentine’s Day, put on Lisa Pranks’ latest album Adult Teen, roll up a doobie of your favorite strain, and let the feel-good sounds about being single and in love wash over you.
CULTURE chatted with Edwards about her music, her influences, as well as which album is her favorite to listen to when she is consuming cannabis.
Can we get a brief history of your musical path?
My first band was called Lust-Cats of the Gutters. It was just me and my best friend, and we started it when I was 18 or 19. I’ve been in a few bands since then. I started Lisa Prank as a solo project, and that’s my main thing. I usually describe it as three or four chord songs about feelings. I’m also in another band called Who is She? that is actually a supergroup; it’s with Bree McKenna from Tacocat and Julia Shapiro from Chastity Belt, and we just put out a record last year. That’s kind of a silly friendship band.
Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?
I’m from Colorado originally, and now I live in Seattle.
Who are some of your musical influences?
They Might Be Giants, I love Liz Phair a lot, Dolly Parton and all my friends’ bands are really inspiring to me too. I’m probably most influenced by my friends’ bands, like Chastity Belt, Tacocat, Dog Breath and Hoop.
Do you think the pervasive cannabis culture in Colorado and Washington has made the audience more open to alternative and indie music? Have you noticed cannabis’ impact on the music scene?
Not that I’ve noticed. But I’m glad it’s legal, and I welcome it!
You mentioned earlier that you’re not much of a cannabis user yourself, but have experimented. Is there any album, song or artist you loved listening to when you’re high?
I definitely have listened to Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair, and listened to the album the whole way through, and read all of the lyrics and had it really resonate.