Ok let’s get this out of the way. Obviously with a face like Lola’s the girl’s dabbled in modelling. I mean- come on. But there’s more to Lola than Da Vinci symmetry, eyes like cut glass, cheekbones to hang your coats on, and a smile to launch a thousand Ubers. The Southsea-raised, London-dwelling Lola is one of London’s most distinctive voices and she's armed with a lyrical repertoire of break up songs, that might have some of us sweating like a fuckboi in a Supreme queue.
The first record Lola invested in held her in good stead- Destiny’’s Child’s The Writings on The Wall, but dreams of a pop-career were temporarily on hold. Lola moved from Portsmouth to London to study, before a chance trip to LA meant Lola had to face up to what she’d know for some time. That she wanted to sing. And so Lola’s LA-London lifestyle set itself in motion. Her distinctive musicality is heavy with the contrasting attitudes of the two cities too. The sunshine of Orange County meets the grey smoking area of a Liverpool street bar- and- her style manages much the same balance- Dalmatian print Clueless two-pieces worn with Ashish denim and Nike Air Max. There are other influences too. Those delicious ska-flaoured pop-melodies (inspired by her dad’s record collection) and a dollop of ‘90s girl band slick and Lola’s raspier than raspy voice and we have us some highly earwormy sing-along tunes for your delectation.
Lola is the unofficial composer of the best “single as a pringle and happy just to mingle” anthems on your iTunes. Take her 2015 single Bad Girlfriend and think of it as the anti-Jeremih protest son on behalf of bored girlfriends everywhere. In short don’t expect anything, even if it’s your birthday... It you haven’t listened to any Lola Coca yet, mathmatetics would have it that you’re an anomaly- in fact, last year, 471,702 people listened to 7 years of Lola on Spotify. 7 years.
We quite frankly couldn’t have caught the girl at the better time. With her first headline show under her belt and a new album soon to arrive we quite fancy it a serendipitous coming together. While we’re very much looking forward to hearing the album, we’re not sure Lola’s exes will be. Let that be a lesson.