You go girls
Magenta Lane is back
Article: Tatenda Chikukwa – Contributor
It has been four years since Magneta Lane’s Lexi Valentine, Nadia King and French released their album Gambling with God . The ladies took a much-needed break from the music world after industry executives took advantage of their teenage naiveté in the early years of their career. The group’s decision to take a hiatus never meant a breaking up of the band but just time to heal and grow.
Now the female indie-alternative trio is back with their long-awaited Witchrock – the title of their EP and genre they characterize their sound to be. Producers Rick Jackett and James Black of Canadian super group Finger Eleven helped Magneta Lane to confront their feelings about the sour recording deals and improve their song writing.
Valentine, Magneta Lane’s lead vocalist and guitarist says, “They really pushed us to go to the next level with the song writing, which is something that no one had ever done before.”
The strangely dark and vulnerable tone of “Burn” really captures the listener’s attention and the bands meaning of “Witchrock”. Its ascending rhythmic tone and vocal depth communicates Magneta Lanes strength over the music industry and its accompanying music video addresses the media’s need to over sexualize women.
“I’ve always been the kind of person to pick a positive from everything that has been negative in my life and I’m really great at picking my shit up and just going,” says Valentine.
The girls have used this positive perspective to encourage female empowerment. “Lucky” is an upbeat and cheeky love song about a love triangle, that addresses how women are pitted against each other in love and in life. Lyrics like, “You say you hate girls but you are those girls that you hate” and “he’s only with you because he can’t be with me” is reminiscent of Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.”
“Leave The Light On” shows us the band’s vulnerable and romantic side. The song talks about the need for a healthy give and take balance in a relationship. It sounds like a soft rock romantic ballad for today’s modern woman.
“Good For” brings us back to the bands “don’t give a damn attitude.” With a steady base and drumbeat, one is sure to bob their head and get transfixed into this 90s like rock melody.
“We definitely felt really empowered by making this record and even if this was the last record we ever made, it’s like I’m proud of that,” says Valentine.
Magneta Lane will be performing at O’Hanlon’s Irish pub on Jan. 28. Valentine says she and the girls are excited to play in Regina and enjoy a couple of drinks with their fans.