LP, Vegan Cheesesteaks, and the Inspiration of Rocky

Tonight at 7:30, legendary Roxy Music frontman, Sir Bryan Ferry, comes to Philadelphia to share his immense talents with the crowds lining up to see him perform on Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall stage. Joining Ferry on tour is Laura Pergolizzi, whom you may or may not know by her stage name LP.

LP is joining Ferry in support of her new EP, Death Valley. Her latest track and music video, “Lost on You”, was recently featured on Noisey and she has been described by Rolling Stone as “gaining mainstream traction.”

Rock on Philly had the chance to catch up with LP for a few questions as she was preparing for the tour and her chance to share the stage with a legend.

ROP: How would you describe LP to someone who has never heard of you?

I would say I am a singer-songwriter through and through. I can sing and I write songs. Check it or don’t.

Tell us about your latest release; your experience of making it, your favorite parts of the finished product, what makes it different than your previous releases?

It’s an EP. It’s 5 songs. It chronicles a very difficult time in my life both personally and professionally and all the charlatans you meet along the way.

Where are some of your favorite places to play?

I love Canada the Midwest and any place that people live. People seem essential to what I do.

Tell us about your experience with the Philly scene and any fun stories about your times here.

I love Philly. Have had many an amazing after party with my bandmates back in the day. It’s also really fun to try and find a vegan philly cheese steak place. #holygrail #unicorn

Besides music, who is LP? What other things do you fill your time with? What are some of your favorite ways to unwind?

I do a lot of yoga. Sounds boring but has led to more fun than I’m inclined to share here. Also I have a dog who requires deep spiritual interaction. He will not tolerate lack of presence by any party involved.

Who or what would you say are some of your greatest influences?

The Beatles, Stones, Roy Orbison, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, and, last but not least, my romantic experiences.

Let me ask you another important non-music question… which is your favorite Rocky movie? And besides Rocky, what do you think of when you think Philly?

Rocky, Rocky 2, and Rocky 3! I love them all and watch them in succession every few years to remind myself of the greatness. Seriously, some of the most inspiring movies ever made from everything that was going on behind the camera to in front.

[When I think of Philly, I also think about] LOVE. I think Philly is the next New York.

Before we wrap, in honor of my favorite movie of 2016, Green Room, what is your desert island band, meaning if you were stuck on an island with only one band or artist to listen to who would it be?

It would depend if I had someone to get down with or not, but prolly The Rolling Stones.

Is there something that you’d like to leave folks with? Any words of wisdom?

Yeah, “Take Fountain it’s faster,” name that quote. But seriously, try to do what you love no matter the cost.

Thanks for the chance to talk, as we finish up, please let us know where we can find you on the web and social media… and, of course, a bit about your upcoming show!

Thank you! I’m opening for the tremendous icon Brian Ferry. Come see how it’s done and, if you want, come earlier to see me. Check me out at @iamlpofficial on Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks for the chat, Lauren. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for Philly.

… Bette Davis… the answer is Bette Davis.

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