Five Questions With Lizzy & The Fanatics

Montreal, QC-based Lizzy & The Fanatics have unveiled their brand new EP, Perfect World. The EP features six songs, which explore escapism and the different ways we long for a better place either physically or mentally, in the past or in the future.

Lizzy says her intention with these lyrics, dreamy synth pads, and the Fanatic’s lush vocal harmonies are not to take us directly to her perfect world, but on a journey towards it.

Check out the EP below, and find out more about Lizzy & The Fanatics via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Lysanne but I go by Lizzy for all things music-related. I play in a band with three other women that go by The Fanatics. We’ve been playing as Lizzy & the Fanatics for over three years now and just released a first EP Perfect World. It’s a dreamy bilingual Indie-Pop (with a capital P ) EP that I wrote and produced myself. I’m also a visual artist and spend a lot of time drawing. Other than that I love wondering in Montreal alleyways, watching videos of whales in the ocean, and making playlists for my friends.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I write, record, and produce music in a small little corner of my apartment in Montreal. I am more or less of a trained musician, my process is very intuitive so that safe space allows me to feel comfortable to explore and create. The production on the EP draws influence from 80s and 90s synth-driven indie-pop and dream-pop music and the topline melodies are more influenced by mainstream pop songs. Lyrically I like honest songwriting. I’m the least ironic person. I love country music and the saying ‘’three chords and the truth’’. That mentality describes my songwriting style quite well I think.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

When we play as a band we aim to create a dreamy yet sincere and feel-good moment. Hard to say right now if we will be playing shows IRL anytime soon. I really hope so! I do have a few intimate virtual live stream shows lined up. The virtual EP launch is on June 20th. I’m also preparing some themed based cover shows that I will live stream on my YouTube channel.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

This is a tough question; I think I would say Les Fleurs Mortes. It’s a French song about feeling nostalgic for the summer and my youth. I would choose it because I think it has a happy/sad feeling, which is what all my favorite songs have. When I play it acoustically it’s super sad, but when we play with the band, it sort of makes you dance.  I also like how it blends production that is inspired by alt 80s music like the cure and stuff, with melodies and lyrics that are super straightforward pop.  It represents some contrasts and tensions in life I think.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favorite Canadian bands/ artists?

There is so much good Canadian music right now. Just in Montreal, there are so many so here a few that I tend to listen to a lot: I am a huge fan of Sorry Girls, for which we opened a couple of times. I also like Munya, Men I Trust, Sean Nicholas Savage, Magi Merlin and recently my partner and I have been playing this song ‘’Hostage’’ by Maya Malkin on repeat.

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