The Lovebirds!



The harmony-rich, solid songwriting duo The Lovebirds plays two shows in Eugene this holiday weekend. If you opted for an in-town “staycation,” you should treat yourself to these lovelies. Lindsay White and Veronica May, of San Diego, are on a month-long West Coast tour to promote their sophomore album, And a one, and a two.

Tonight (Saturday the 25th) you can find them at the Black Forest, followed by Sam Bonds Garage, tomorrow the 26th.  You can also catch them on the KLCC (NPR) Front Porch show at 3pm tomorrow.

The self-proclaimed “middle-of-the-road-on-the-lesbian-music-duo-spectrum” has been compared to The Indigo Girls and Teegan and Sara. The girls certainly appreciate the recognition, but are proud of their own signature harmonies. White and May share the songwriting, typically with one writing the initial song and the other laying down the harmony. They claim there are “no hard feelings” and if one of them doesn’t like what the other comes up with, they say so.

Both ladies have multiple solo projects and other bands, even an old-time band together, Forget-Me-Nots, but The Lovebirds are their priority. Inspired by musical parents, the pair has a myriad of influences, ranging from old jazz greats to classical to folk icons including Bob Dylan and powerhouse women such as Alanis Morrisette and Jewel.

When I caught up with the girls in a phone interview from the road, they were excited to come back to Eugene. The band played Sam Bond’s last year and KLCC’s Front Porch.

When I mentioned Black Forest was usually billed as a metal venue, they agreed to scream their lyrics.

lovebirdsIt was evident White and May have a very close relationship, as they jump in to finish and compliment each other’s sentences. The pair had been romantically involved for several years, but decided to end that relationship to continue making music. When asked how that was going for them, especially on the road, singing emotionally-charged songs, they admitted it was sometimes hard, but the band is their “musical lovechild, what we created together, we were brought together to make music.” The girls said they are able to keep their love for each other alive through their music.

White and May also keep a running “video diary” of their antics together. They claim nothing is scripted, and their spontaneous silliness is what keeps them accessible to their fans. A recent post on Lindsay’s blog features the pair surrounded by friends doing “The Harlem Shuffle.”

I asked them to identify an item on each of their bucket lists and say whether or not it had been accomplished. They both say traveling has been something they wanted to do and have gotten to through touring. Both ladies also have literary aspirations, Lindsay to write a novel or screenplay, something “outside of writing music,” and Veronica to complete a children’s book on music theory.

Both White and May are incredibly talented musicians, and their show promises to span the depths of soulful to silly.

Bronwynn Dean is a writer, graphic designer and mother of three. When she isn't dragging her kids along on a new adventure to write about, Bronwynn freelances for local publications and is a member of local fiction writers'/readers' group The StoneCutters Union. She welcomes comments, criticism, and invitations to your next event.

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