I have so much shit to do (like write a paper) but I have to tell you about Lola Pistola.
The Monday haze was literally choking me so I went to the Pilot Light to see some friends play and stayed for the next band, Lola Pistola.
You know when you get into the routine of things and you’re basically living on autopilot? Lola Pistola woke me up. I’m not kidding! “Electrifying” is a well-worn word in the music scene, so I’ll use a few others.
Startling. Hard. Stimulating.
No, I don’t mean it like that.
Arvelisse Ruby, AKA Lola Pistola had the crowd’s undivided attention from the very first note. I felt lucky to be there and from what I heard/felt from the rest of the audience, they did too.
“Dormir” off of her debut album Curfew is anything but sleepy and I will have “New Day” on repeat for the next few days (at least). Finally, “Doomed” was the song to see live. The lyrics allude to lust, dreams, and nightmares and her solemn voice stops, grabs you for the entire song, “Don’t call me crazy. Don’t call me lazy. Don’t call me baby.”
Ruby’s charisma engaged and captivated each member of the audience, instead of falling flat like most artists’ onstage banter. Ruby was cool and you wanted to know everything about the band at once. How many times does that happen at a show?
I got a chance to talk to Ruby after the show. When asked if she could give any advice to the ladies reading grlsplain she said,
“Do what you want to do with your life. I’m about to turn 30 in a few weeks and I am living the best life...just because I am able to create art and travel and share. I am able to do it because I am a woman -- I’m a Latina woman, of all -- and yeah, do whatever you want. Don’t let anything hold you back, regardless of who you are, what you are… anything.”