“Post Data/We Communicate” by Lisa Bianco is the 18th song in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.
Lisa performed “Post Data/We Communicate,” the last of ten tracks on her CD, PostData, on Alive with Clive on December 11, 2009.
Here is a picture of me with Lisa that was taken in the TV studio before her interview on Alive with Clive:
Finding a balance between the visceral and intellectual is one of the trickiest things to pull off in music, but Lisa Bianco manages to do just that. Her songs, evocative and inventive, straddle the line between punk rock passion and singer/songwriter introspection to create something uniquely her own.
A performer emerging from New York City’s underground scene, Lisa has earned laudatory notices from publications such as CMJ (“Distinctive NYC underground songstress”), the Village Voice (“galvanizing”) and East Coast Rocker (“Bianco is spreading a unique sound throughout the New York underground. An interesting blend of alternative, guitar rock, and pure punk aggression has led to a very distinct calling”). That praise has come in the wake of her electric live performances – shows that erase the distance between artist and audience. Lisa says, “I play and tour because it provides a sense of purpose. I often feel like a messenger. When I’m on stage, I feel so alive, and I work to convey that to everyone.”
Subsequently, her fan base has been a strong and growing one, cultivated by years of hitting the NYC club circuit at venues such as the Mercury Lounge, the Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, Maxwell’s and the Saint in NJ. She has recently done an east coast/Canadian tour, performed several times at NYC’s Anti-Folk Festival on a bill with contemporaries such as Nicole Atkins and Regina Spektor, as well as playing the CMJ Music Marathon and the Light of Day concerts in Asbury Park. Her influences, an eclectic mix of artists such as Radiohead, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, and power-pop artists like The Bangles and Blondie, have informed her musical sensibility, a combination of the hard and the heady, with an intensely emotional foundation.
With her song, “Post Data/We Communicate,” Lisa directs our attention to the way we have allowed technology like email and texting to enable us to minimize face-to-face contact between one and another and thus rob us of the essence of communication between each other. While on the one hand, she acknowledges, the technology makes communication easier, she’s noting that it can deceive us into believing we are engaging in authentic communication with each other. The song is thus a call for us to reconnect with the way we used to communicate, face-to-face or by phone, before we could hide behind the different forms of technology that are now governing our lives.
Here are a few lines from the lyrics to “Post Data/We Communicate”:
We appreciate that we are in contact some way
We forget that we are the living ones
Bound by chips and soldered wires
What a clever way to design our lives
Can you even tell me why?
. . . .
Amazing what we let go by
Here is the video clip for you to enjoy of Lisa Bianco singing “Post Data/We Communicate” on Alive with Clive:
A video clip of Lisa Bianco singing “Sideways” from her CD, PostData, is also on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube, which you’ll find when you click here.
Lisa is currently in 16th place in The Alive with Clive Top 20. To vote for Lisa to move into the top spot in The Alive with Clive Top 20, click here.
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