Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (Track 2/20)
Album - Ladyhawke (Out 11/18/08)
Label - Modular
Ladyhawke is the stage name of New Zealand singer songwriter Phillipa "Pip" Brown. In High School Pip played lead guitar in the grunge band Two Lane Blacktop and just two days before they were to support Australia's The Modey Lemon en route to an invitation to SXSW, the singer and drummer had both quit the band. Pip decided to take the flight to Australia anyways with an empty aisle and window seat accompanied by just her suitcase and guitar. She would end up befriending Nick Littlemore (Pnau) in Sydney and they played together for a few yrs in the band Teenager before Pip would focus on a personal project she had been developing for some time, a persona dubbed "Ladyhawke", named after the Rutger Hauer film from the 80's starring Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeifer. The project is greatly influenced by the music of this time, giving listeners a feeling of nostalgia despite having first heard her music. Memories of Pat Benetar were instantly evoked upon listening to the first track "Magic" off her forthcoming self-titled release, which Pip arranged and plays all on her own.
Our featured "Back of the Van" refers to her own memories touring in the back of an old clapped out Van called Cherry and driving through the night with her smelly bandmates from Two Lane Blacktop once they were developing quite a following in NZ. Check out the her video below, directed by Kinga Burza.
Ladyhawke also has an affinity 80's arcade games as well. That's why she's offered for us fans to play the Ladyhawke arcade game for free- check it out here http://www.ladyhawkemusic.com/game/