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Lovelorn’s tour brings them back to Philly for Kung Fu Necktie headliner; watch the “Sickness Reward” video
Lovelorn are a lot of things, but they aren’t quitters. After their prior band, Creepoid, dissolved, Anna and Patrick Troxell didn’t see it as an end but an opportunity to bring their side project center stage. The Philly-born, Austin-based band is releasing their debut album What’s Yr Damage this summer on 6131 Records, and just released a music video for the album’s first single, “Sickness Reward.”
A look inside Anna Troxell’s mid-20s mind, the song details her struggle with an eating disorder. Assisting director Daniel Friend with the creative production, she shows the dizzying circles of self-punishment that inspired the song, as she describes in a press release.
“Back then, the only way for me to communicate my unhappiness was by making myself physically unwell. I thought the “reward” for the reign of terror I waged on my body would be that someone would notice, and cure my loneliness and anxiety. After writing it, I almost instantly had the idea of translating it into a visual work. The concept of the “race” came quickly, as a means to translate the endless loop of struggle that is an eating disorder. I also wanted the runners to showcase competition and comparison, not only within the group, but also the internal conflict within myself. Daniel connected with this vision, and added his own visual cues to the endless loop of anxiety,”
In addition to releasing the video, Lovelorn announced a string of fall tour dates. The band will be playing a wildly eclectic show at Kung Fu Necktie on September 16 with Queen Jo, Cigarettes for Breakfast, and others. Tickets for the 21+ show are available now, more information can be found here. Watch the “Sickness Reward” video below, and check out Lovelorn’s September tour dates. What’s Yr Damage? is out on August 6 via 6131 Records, and can be preordered here.