Lisa Said - acoustic guitar, vox, bass
Andrew Toy - drums
Andrew Cox - mandolin
Seth Kauffman - electric guitars & bass on SOME DUDES
Joel Schantz - electric guitars on REGULAR GUY
Don Zientara - synth, bass on UP NOT DOWN
Written & produced by Lisa Said
Sound engineered by Don Zientara
Recorded at Inner Ear Studio
Mixed by Jason Kingsland
ESTRANGED (EP) is the third solo record release of Lisa Said, Egyptian-American singer/songwriter. For these songs, she delves into her '70s rock influences and her situation to bring out the more raw side of her music.
Living in Washington, D.C., Lisa recorded these songs with legendary punk producer/engineer Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio with the help of local musical talent (Andrew Toy, Andrew Cox) as well as long distance musical contributions (Seth Kauffman-NC, Joel Schantz-NC, Jason Kingsland-GA). This time around, Lisa picked up the bass, her first instrument, for the first time in years and played it on a couple of songs — 'Regular Guy' and 'Peel the Moon'.
The songs on ESTRANGED were written during a conflicted yet colorful two years of separation and dating while recording her solo debut album NO TURN LEFT BEHIND, an Americana and folk-rock exploration. This time around, the production represents her more gritty roots rock—Rolling Stones, The Who, Faces, Velvet Underground, etc. She wanted to get these songs recorded and out as soon as possible, and, as a result, Said could be more herself in the resulting sound: obsessive yet impatient, punchy, and rough around the edges.
ESTRANGED released on Tall Short Records on July 7, 2017.
NO DEPRESSION: "...successfully walks a line between radio-ready pop and rough-edged rebel rock a la Chrissie Hynde, Deborah Harry, and Velvet Underground... guitar-heavy backup here is excellent, and so are the compositions and attitude-soaked vocals." — Jeff Burger
POPDOSE: "'Some Dudes' is just plain fucking great – her voice is deadly smoky and sexy; the guitars are dirty and garage-y; she’s pushing The Velvet Underground envelope in a linear, poppy way and this is such a damned fine track." — Rob Ross
DEPARTMENT OF TANGENTS: "The music is soulful, gritty, and clever... Estranged has a living, beating rock and roll heart, and the sound is cohesive but not repetitive. Which is to say, there’s a style there, and some nice surprises. " — Nick Zaino
JERSEY BEAT: "Said's husky voice and sharp songwriting make for a strong and winning double act. The rattling arrangements add a wonderfully raw rough'n'ready sonic kick...A refreshingly frank and unsentimental treat." — Joe Wawrzyniak
Lisa Said (pron. Sa’yeed) is an Egyptian-American singer/songwriter who grew up in Tennessee...yearning to get out. She
learned how to play guitar hanging out with punks, hippies, and rock & rollers after college living up and down the East Coast. Now in Washington D.C., her solo music is riddled with '70s nostalgia and mashups of her musical past....more