Early Thursday morning 106.7 KBPI’s Willie B. announced that Lola Black has joined the ranks of just six other local bands to hold the station’s “Best Band in Denver” title.The female-fronted rock band also made station history with Lola Black being the first woman to even advance past the semi-final rounds — let alone win the title.
“It was her ability to own the stage and that polished live performance that put her over the top. All three bands that made the finals have a lot of interest from the rock world and I’m sure will be looked at accordingly over the next few months,” Willie B said. “Regardless of what outcome of the contest is, my favorite part is being able to do something like this that really puts a big light on our local scene. Denver has an amazing amount of talent on stage on any given night and with several genres of music.”
Lola Black has even more to celebrate this week with the release of the band’s music video for “Self Medicated” at a release party on Dec. 15, at the Gothic Theatre. Directed by acclaimed Denver filmmaker, artist and CEO of Spaceblues Charlie Ricks, the video chronicles the troubled childhood of singer Lola Black.
“The concept was being self-medicated and dealing with intense issues that trickled throughout her entire life. The video takes Lola through her childhood and into her adult life where she ends up killing her parents and then herself—it’s intense,” Ricks said. “She told me what the song was about and after listening to the lyrics they let me go with what I felt the song was about.”
Custom masks (created by Ricks) are a reoccurring theme throughout the video and will also make an appearance at Saturday’s release party. “The mask starts blank during [Lola’s] childhood and as she gets older, the mask starts to deteriorate because it is portraying her rough life. As the video progresses the mask gets more scarred until it is pretty much deteriorated.”