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 and Patti Smith.
Hailed by Flavorwire for her “lightning riffs and hear-me-roar attitude” and by Pasadena Weekly as a “feisty PJ Harvey-influenced rocker,” Solvej 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, love, social justice, American identity and being a saucy woman to paying homage to Charlie Parker and David Bowie.
Solvej released her self-titled solo debut album in late 2014. In 2015, Flavorwire premiered the fiery black-and-white video for her song “Cruel Hearted Woman,” inspired by PJ Harvey’s 1993 “Man-Size” video and Solvej’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 2015 reader poll.
Solvej is excited to release a new full-band solo album in 2019 that’s both personal and political, loud and passionate. Featuring Solvej and talented bassist and back-up vocalist Chelsea Jean Speer-Guzman (VesuviaSonic, Modern Time Machines, Chelsea Jean), guitarist Eric Hasenbein (12 dirty lovers) and drummer Bryan Bos (Goldenboy, Moonwash, Crossed Keys), it was recorded at Echo Park studio Station House and engineered by Mark Rains—who recorded Alice Bag’s recent albums—and then mastered by Marsh Mastering's Stephen Marsh (The Donnas, Ozomatli, Los Lobos).