The first thing that you notice about Liz Wight is her beauty. It’s unbelievable, in a way.
You’ll be in the middle of a conversation with her, and all of a sudden, she’ll look away with a perfect smile or glance at you with an amazing gaze and you’ll realize that you have no idea what you were just saying. Hopefully, your brain will reset and recall whatever your point was before your mouth finishes whatever sentence it’s working on. At least, that was my experience during this interview, and I’ve known her for a year or so.
Wight can be found wherever you see the name Love Grenades, and should you happen to see it anywhere around, the moniker’s worth not only a look but deserves a good listen as well. Wight’s genetic gifts aren’t limited to pin-up good looks. The same gene pool has blessed her with the ability to write songs and convey lyrics with smoky vocals.
Love Grenades were founded by Wight a couple of years ago after feeling that the music she loved to go out and dance to wasn’t being done by anyone whom she would go out to dance with. She decided to step away from the current trend of manufactured pop divas crowding the airwaves and controlling the dance floor singing songs they didn’t even write.
Wight’s approach was to pen her own lyrics and lay her jazzy tone to her own music – a lot of which draws influence from disco and early ’80s hip-hop. That’s not to say she never did the whiney thing; she provided vocals for the song “I Like Boys” from the ’80s classic movie Teen Witch. She was, however, only 5 years old at the time.
Growing up in a big Italian family where grandma is a classically trained pianist and your eight aunts and uncles are each proficient on a variety of instruments will definitely have an affect on you. And with both mom and dad being musicians also, you don’t really have a choice.
Living in various parts of Los Angeles throughout her childhood offered Wight the chance to experience a huge array of music, with favorites ranging from the three-part harmonies of the Andrews Sisters to the disco classics of Giorgio Moroder. There will also always be a special place in her heart for Blondie and the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love,” which she feels was a huge influence on her musical expression. It’s a song that she would always hear when she was out with her friends, and she loved the way it was danceable but you could still kick back to it.
She now turns her ears toward the Italians Do It Better label, including Glass Candy, and tends to love Joni Mitchell and Nortec Collective (whom she would really like to work with).
A couple years back she was feeling that the direction of the two bands she was in wasn’t where she wanted to go, so Wight decided to take the opportunity to depart and pursue her own stuff. After about a year of writing she took a lyric from an earlier song and began reaching out to musically inclined friends to be part of Love Grenades; although she’s still a little reluctant to have an actual person play drums because she really likes the sound of an MPC.
Love Grenades will celebrate the anniversary of their first live performance this Halloween.
Love Grenades will perform every Friday in October (17, 24, 31) at the Echo. For more information, visit myspace.com/lovegrenades.