by Sierra Guardiola
Aly Spaltro has come a long way from writing songs in the back of the independent video store she worked at in Brunswick, Maine. She’s even come a long way since the last time she visited the Finger Lakes on tour years ago.
Under the name Lady Lamb, Spaltro and her band are set to play once again at The Haunt in Ithaca November 19 as the headliner for the night. Ithaca is just one of 10 stops for Lady Lamb on its headliner tour, which comes on the heels of the latest full-length album, “Even in the Tremor, which was released in April. This is Lady Lamb’s third full-length album to date. Spaltro said she spent the past two years writing the album, and wanted it to be a more introspective piece of work.
“For this album I really wanted to try to find a remedy for myself within the song,” she said. “Istead of ending a song on a more open ended, fearful, anxious, or negative note, I wanted to find ways to be self-aware for myself within the song.”
Spaltro has been writing music and touring under the name Lady Lamb ever since she graduated from high school. The name served as a placeholder at the time because she wasn’t yet ready to have people know who she was as an artist, but it has stuck around years later and now serves as her stage name.
Lady Lamb’s music style is hard to fit into one specific genre, Spaltro said. She said her music is best described as emotive and visceral, and very lyric based given her background as a poet. Inspiration for her music comes from across genre lines, she said, mainly from artists who she finds aren’t so formulaic in their music. Some of her biggest inspiration comes from the Fiery Furnaces, Joanna Newsom, Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders, and Mama Cass, she said.
Lady Lamb first came to the Finger Lakes years ago on tour. Spaltro had recognized Ithaca because a friend attended school there. In the four appearances the group has made in the Finger Lakes region over the past ten years, all have been at The Haunt in Ithaca.
“I specifically wanted to come through here because it’s been a while since I played there,” she said. “I have great memories of playing at The Haunt.”
Aside from her headlining tour, Spaltro and her band are also currently touring as the opener for The New Pornographers, an indie-alternative band from Canada.
Doors for the November 19 show open at 7 p.m. with the show set to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $16.
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Sierra is a senior journalism major at Ithaca College. She is currently a freelancer for Hudson Valley Magazine and can also be seen in Real Simple. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching Parks and Rec or exploring the many hikes in the Ithaca region.