There’s a lot of competition in the female-fronted Metal band sweepstakes these days (Evanescence, Halestorm and Lacuna Coil being the obvious frontrunners), but Chicago’s Losing Scarlet brings a welcome melodicism and an uncharacteristic multi-culturalism to the table. Vocalist Jodi Kell, presumably inspired by a Bullet For My Valentine performance, approached guitarist Scott Haith in 2007 about starting a band.
Intrigued by Kell’s powerfully pretty voice, Haith agreed and the pair started working on songs, a process that led Haith to invite bassist Petra Sith to the fold. The chemistry between the trio was solid, which was a potential pitfall in the search for a drummer. But the band’s luck was consistent; Conor Mccann was the only beatkeeper they had to audition.
Since quickly solidifying its lineup, Losing Scarlet has maintained a brisk career pace. The band recorded a six-song demo and played three gigs in the first twelve weeks of its existence as a band. The quartet attracted a faithful fanbase at home, which allowed the group to pursue regional touring, and further inspired the band to begin work on a self-titled debut album, which was released to ecstatic fan reaction and enthusiastic Metal radio reception last year.
The past year has seen Losing Scarlet’s profile rise exponentially with opening slots for Taproot, Days of the New and Bullet For My Valentine and a full slate of local and regional dates, and things will likely heat up for the band even further with the imminent release of its sophomore album, scheduled for early next month. A gorgeous frontwoman with rafter-clearing pipes, a powerfully melodic guitarist with a Metal sensibility and Pop subtlety and a bass/drum tandem with the impact of a rhythmic earthquake — Losing Scarlet hasn’t merely arrived, they’re blowing away audiences and expectations with equal force and delight.
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