(photos: Laura Cohen)
Growing up, I was like any other weirdo kid in the fact that I loved emo because I was very emotional, and I loved bright colors because Lisa Frank.
But there was never much space for me and my over-embellished cat sweaters in emo. I was meant to be the fangirl. I was immature for idolizing emotionally vulnerable men who sang about getting friendzoned. I was there at the front of the show, always singing along to every song, while drunk macho dudes stagedived into my chin and never took me seriously. To them, I was just a follower; a dumb girl.
This is why I love living now, during a time when the emo revival is a thing. Not because of the new, mainly male bands that are taking back that sound, but for the girls who are proving that being a fangirl is a lot more than crying at the front of the stage. We don’t need a new Brand New or Conor Oberst — those people are still going strong, and I honestly couldn’t take more of them. We need the girls who cried in their bedroom to Bright Eyes to come out and show us that being emotionally vulnerable has always been rightfully theirs.
It’s also why I love Lisa Prank, the Seattle band that is signed to the Bay Area’s Father/Daughter Records. I’ve loved her music for a couple years now. I’ve seen her live twice, and each time has been a little more magical. From the DIY space in my old college’s cafe (RIP, Sugar Bowl) to the attic of a house of sloppy comedians (Bless the Sylvan Annex) and soon to Rickshaw Stop.
Robin Edwards has created a character out of everything she loved as a kid — her music is like finding your old middle school journal still covered in Lisa Frank and Blink-182 stickers, then you look inside and laugh, because sometimes you still feel like that angsty little kid. It’s not naive to let that kid live on in the present day, it’s empowering. Taking over what made you feel different and creating something fresh and vibrant out of it — That’s Lisa Prank.
The Bay Bridged: The first time I listened to your album, Adult Teen, there was a moment where I totally freaked out because I thought one of the songs was a cover of Blink-182. It felt so nostalgic and perfect in the sense that it felt like someone going back to their childhood and taking something that was important to them back then and revisiting it, and I think that is something that is very prominent, in not only your music but in the character that is Lisa Prank.
Robin Edwards: I feel like