Half Danish and half Jewish-Polish, and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Solvej Schou has been belting and singing since she was a kid. She showcases a raw and bluesy rock 'n' roll vocal strut with guitar inspired by the likes of Janis Joplin, X, Pretenders, Etta James, PJ Harvey and Patti Smith. Her music is available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and more.
Hailed by Flavorwire for her “lightning riffs and hear-me-roar attitude,” Schou has played solo and in bands (Bitch & Moan, The Lassiebeat, Racquet, Naughty Bird) in Los Angeles, NYC and Copenhagen, Denmark. Her music covers everything from grief, loss, social justice and American identity to being a saucy woman.
Schou released her self-titled solo debut album in late 2014. In 2015, Flavorwire premiered the fiery video for her song “Cruel Hearted Woman,” inspired by PJ Harvey’s 1993 “Man-Size” video and Schou’s past life as a revival ‘60s Mod scene go-go champ. Recorded with musicians at Copenhagen’s Medley Studios (where Prince recorded), her 2015 single “Friendship” made L.A. Record’s best of reader poll.
Personal and political, loud and passionate, Schou’s new full-band solo album Quiet For Too Long was released on digital and limited edition red vinyl in June 2019. “If your nerves aren't charged and tingling by the end, your emotions at tipping point, you aren't paying attention,” LA Weekly wrote about the album as its album of the week. Schou has been interviewed about Quiet For Too Long by outlets including LA Weekly, KPCC 89.3 FM’s The Frame, KSPC 88.7 FM, LAist.com and NPR.
On the album, Schou dives into issues ranging from police brutality, anti-immigrant fervor, gun violence, gender equality and powerful womanhood to mortality, depression, love and David Bowie’s death. It’s no wonder that as a teenager Schou performed as part of the Riot Grrrl-led scene of female artists in Los Angeles and at cultural hub Regeneración (co- founded by Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha).
Quiet For Too Long is filled with Schou’s belted vocals and driving guitar, and also features talented Chelsea Jean Speer-Guzman (VesuviaSonic, Modern Time Machines, Chelsea Jean) on bass and back-up vocals, Eric Hasenbein (12 dirty lovers) on lead guitar, and Bryan Bos (Goldenboy, Moonwash, Crossed Keys) on drums. Produced by Schou, the album was recorded, mixed and engineered at L.A.’s Station House Studio in Echo Park by Mark Rains, who recorded Alice Bag’s recent solo albums. The album was mastered by Marsh Mastering's Stephen Marsh (The Donnas, Ozomatli, Los Lobos) in Hollywood. Artist Delbar Shahbaz painted a bold portrait of Schou for the album’s cover.
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