Lissy Trullie‘s new self-titled album is straight-up rock ‘n roll. Listening to Lissy’s throaty vocals and domineering guitar-playing is a throwback to a time when Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground ran New York. But instead of coming off as nostalgic for a decade in which she wasn’t even living, Lissy pays homage to the greatness of that very prolific and creative time by adding her own spin to it. Lissy Trullie is a modern rock album of the best kind: Harsh and brash at times, soft and vulnerable at others. It’s a full-bodied offering from the out musician, who took some time to answer our questions via e-mail.
AfterEllen.com: I love the new songs I’ve heard from your album and I was also a fan of Self-Taught Learner. What has happened between the first and second albums that inspired the songs on your self-titled?
Although I am thankful that my first EP received a generous amount of attention, I wasn’t expecting the “hype” aspect of what happened, which was a little off-putting. So I didn’t mind taking time to settle down and concentrate on growing as a musician and songwriter.
AE: So much of your aesthetic screams “New York” to me. Did you play music when you lived in D.C.? Were you ever part of the live music scene there in the ’90s?
AE: Coming from a modeling background, do you feel like it’s less or more difficult to have people judge you based on music and not on your looks?
Unfortunately, that year of my life became a focal point as far as the press I’ve received and not in a positive light. My true background is in the visual arts. I went to an specialized high school where I majored in visual art and continued that on that route attending both Parsons School of Design where I received my BFA in Graphic Design and The New School where I received my BA in Art History. Although what’s been written about my modeling career is not only exaggerated, but, gigantically incorrect, it shouldn’t matter. I’m not alone in my experience, there are many women in the music industry whose work is objectified and judged by their physique rather than the quality of their music.
AE: What was recording the album in Los Angeles like? Why did you decide to record there?
AE: As someone who is out and in the music industry, do you feel any responsibility to be a voice for the LGBT community or do you see it as a separate entity from your career?
AE: Your music almost sounds rougher sometimes than the actual lyrical content. Do you consciously work it out that way or does that juxtaposition just fall into place?
Lissy Trullie is available now.