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Old and new: Prism Bitch’s coming album a mix of past and present

Soul punk band Prism Bitch will release a new album this year. (Courtesy of Johnny Gomez)

The show must go on.

And local band Prism Bitch is making sure that happens, even if means releasing new music single by single on its website,

“We have 11 new songs that we recorded in June (in Los Angeles), and we’ve been releasing singles here and there just for now, because we don’t want to release everything at once,” said Lilah Rose, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist. “But we do have new songs that people can expect – new singles, and basically a new CD this year – but we’re just basically releasing it single by single at the moment.”

The band’s coming album is affectionately titled “Perla” after drummer Teresa Cruces’ mother.

“She is so fun,” Rose said of Perla. “She has been such a support the whole time. … We’ve stayed at her house a few times on tour, and she’ll always have food, buckets full of chicken. She’s from a Filipino family, so she always makes sure we have really good treats. She’s always been a really good tour stop away from home, a home away from home, a very encouraging person. She worries for us all like a regular mom, so that feels good to have somebody caring for you. And all of our moms do that, but we’ve been wanting to call the album Perla for sometime now. It just felt appropriate.”

The new album contains both old and new songs.

“We’ve been really diligent about the songwriting process this last year,” Rose said. “We have these songs. Some are old. We just never had the opportunity to record them quite yet. We will have some very punk-sounding Prism Bitch songs on there, because we wrote them when we were a really punk-influenced band just starting out – kind of more rambunctious and different energy – and now some of the more progressed songs that we’ve written. You’ll definitely be able to hear a more developed sense of songwriting.”

The songs are all over the board, Rose says.

“You’re still going to get some crazy punk signature Prism Bitch with some catchy melodic tunes on top of it, and then you’ll also get some pretty complex heavy material,” she said. “We’ve all had a lot of extreme stuff happen to us the last few years individually, personally, and in retrospect the entire world. But our songs, specifically, we had been writing about loss or death or grieving or being there for friends during a transition phase, whether that be physically or spiritually or mentally – just kind of providing a space to write about stuff that is affecting us currently rather than just playing high-energy, rambunctious, fun songs, which is great, too, but we’ve developed a lot more in our songwriting. We’re really excited about it. We’ve been working hard, that’s for sure.”

The band, which consists of Rose, Lauren Poole on bass and vocals, Chris Walsh on guitar, Nelson Crane on guitar and Cruces on drums and vocals, has had some recent tour dates canceled. Like many other bands, it is unsure of what the future holds. For now, the band is doing its part to help keep the community healthy even if that means staying off the stage.

“We’re very happy to comply and help and do our part with not trying to panic or worry and encouraging people to stay home, do it,” said Rose. “Whatever we can do to help right now, that’s hopefully mentally where we’re all at to help the world. There’s so many different ways; I mean, everyday is something different. More bands keep canceling, and it keeps affecting something else. It’s affecting everyone, so we are really grateful to have people stay low for now, with everyone else hoping to band together.”

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