The Lovemakers

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For the 1961 Italian film, see The Lovemakers (film).
The Lovemakers
Lovemakers in concert July 2009.jpg
The Lovemakers in concert at Talking House Productions' studios, San Francisco, July 2009
Background information
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genres New wave, electropop[1]
Years active 2002–2014
Labels Interscope, Talking House, self
Website http://www.thelovemakers.net/
Members Scott Blonde
Lisa Light
Ken Hard
Julia Johari
Past members Jason Proctor
Michael Urbano
Cary LaScala
Gareth Lloyd

The Lovemakers is an electropop/new wave band from Oakland, California.[1] The band was formed in the spring of 2002 by Scott Blonde (guitar, vocals) and Lisa Light (vocals, bass) who are the two core members. Light and Blonde met in 2002 via Blonde's manager, who Light was dating at the time.[2] Shortly afterward Light left her boyfriend, and she began dating Blonde and joined his band Applesaucer.[2] They were forced out of the band, reportedly for making out during practice.[3] Afterward they formed their own band naming themselves The Lovemakers after the Japanese sexploitation film The Weird Lovemakers.[4] They joined with Jason Proctor on keyboards to form the initial lineup.[5]

The Lovemakers released a self-titled record in 2003. A second record, Times of Romance, was released on August 23, 2005 on Interscope Records new imprint Cherrytree. A single, "Prepare for the Fight", was put out in advance of the album's release date. The album also features Josh Freese on drums. In 2006, Proctor departed to return to his day job as a computer programmer full time.[3]

In 2007, The Lovemakers signed to Fuzz, a fledgling San Francisco record label, who released their third album Misery Loves Company on July 24, 2007. The album is an enhanced EP featuring 5 songs and 5 corresponding high-quality music videos. A single, "Whine & Dine", was put out in advance of the release date. For Misery Loves Company and the subsequent touring the band featured Brandon Arnovick on keyboards and Kenneth Hard on drums. At some point Arnovick and Hard departed, and Hard was replaced by Michael Urbano on drums. Urbano recorded drums on all except for one track on Let's Be Friends, but did not play live with the band after that time. On its tour in support of the album, the band featured Cary LaScala on drums and Gareth Lloyd on synthesizer for live performances.[dated info]

In 2008, The Lovemakers began a production deal with independent music company Talking House Productions (San Francisco) and recorded its fourth album. Talking House Records released the album Let's Be Friends in September 2009 under The Lovemakers' own mark, and the band followed the release with a supporting tour.[6] The label released an advance single called "See What I Wanna See" on August 11, 2009, which was featured by iTunes on its "WHAT'S HOT" list and its "NEW AND NOTEWORTHY" list.[7] Their second single off Let's Be Friends, "Love is Dead", was featured as a Single of Week on iTunes during the week of September 9, 2009.

In December 2009, The Lovemakers announced they would play their last show on New Year's Eve in Oakland at Ghost Town Gallery. This site is near the location of their first performance 7 years earlier.

The band was scheduled to perform a one-time-only reunion show on February 14, 2014 (Valentine's Day) at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco.

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • The Lovemakers (EP) (April 5, 2003)
  • Times of Romance (August 23, 2005)
  • Misery Loves Company (EP) (July 24, 2007)
  • Let's Be Friends (September 15, 2009)

Singles

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vaziri, Aidin (2007-07-29). "ON THE TOWN: With Lisa Light and Scott Blonde". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 2007-11-13. "Lisa Light and Scott Blonde play music together as the Lovemakers, a sexually charged Bay Area electro-pop group that got national exposure two years ago with its major label debut, "Times of Romance."" 
  2. ^ a b Reges, Margaret. "allmusic ((( The Lovemakers > Biography ))):". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2008-01-25. "Lisa Light and Scott Blonde met in Oakland, CA, in 2002 via Blonde's manager, whom Light was dating." 
  3. ^ a b Blasco, Grace (2007-10-29). "Stereo Subversion - Meaningful Music Exists: The Lovemakers". Stereo Subversion (Stereo Subversion.com). Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-25. "After being kicked out of their former band for making out during rehearsal and just as notoriously splitting up right before the release of their breakout album, Scott Blond and Lisa Light have mesmerized fans since their 2005 release, Times of Romance. With sexy 80s dance numbers and an even sexier live show involving half naked dancing and more, The Lovemakers have always made people take notice." 
  4. ^ "the lovemakers » Bio". TheLovemakers.com. Retrieved 2008-01-25. "Forming in 2002 after core members Lisa Light (bass, vocals) and Scott Blonde (guitar, vocals) were kicked out of their previous band for making out with each other during practice, they crowned themselves The Lovemakers, inspired by a bizarrely-shot Japanese porn film titled “The Weird Lovemakers.”" 
  5. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (2005-08-17). "The Lovemakers' potion for success -- sex appeal, ambition and talent". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Official Press Release for Let’s Be Friends". Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  7. ^ Arnold, Eric (2009-08-12). "New Single, Video from the Lovemakers". SF Weekly (SF Weekly). Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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