There are so many avenues for discovering bands on the Internet. A number of recent good finds for me have come from listening to the Sugar and Spikes Radio Show. And during one of S&S’s recent episodes, I heard Losing Scarlet for the first time. I knew very little about the band at the time, but I had no doubts about what I was listening to: a blend of American metal and hard rock that’s energetic, in-your-face, and alive and kicking with melodic attitude. And now, with Dame-Nation just around the corner, it’s a good time to finally tell you all about Losing Scarlet!
Losing Scarlet is a four-piece band from Chicago, Illinois with double the “femme metal” factor: bassist / live backing vocalist Petra, and sassy lead singer Jodi. Musically, the band is all about aggressive rhythms, high-powered guitarwork, wickedly catchy melodies, and lyrics that can be cheek, shameless, and brutally honest. I can’t think of another female-fronted metal band I can compare Losing Scarlet to. Maybe the Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus, or a more fiery Era for a Moment. Losing Scarlet has also opened for well-known bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Tantric, Taproot, and Bullet for My Valentine. So, imagine a female fronting a band along those lines. That’s what Losing Scarlet sounds like.
Learning to Bleed is Losing Scarlet’s second album and was released in March of this year. It picks up where the band’s self-titled debut CD left off and offers more and more ass-kicking, unapologetic rock ‘n roll. I can tell when I listen to Losing Scarlet that its members keep live performances in mind when they’re composing their songs. They’re just so full of that unique energy that you only get when you’re at a gig. That makes Losing Scarlet a fun band to listen to!
At first listen, the Losing Scarlet songs I’d recommend most are “Shameless Prayer,” “Shade of Hate,” and “Halo of Stone.” Here’s a promo video that Losing Scarlet made for “Shade of Hate.” It gives you a good idea of how animated this band is when they play live.
And speaking of gigs, here is some footage of Losing Scarlet at the Metro in Chicago last year:
Losing Scarlet are:
- Jodi – Vocals
- Scott – Guitar
- Petra – Bass
- Shawn – Drums
Check out Losing Scarlet at their official website as well as Myspace, Facebook, and ReverbNation. And if you’re in the Chicago area this coming Friday, July 29, make sure you check out Losing Scarlet and all the other awesome bands at Dame-Nation 2011!