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Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to
idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the
lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.
Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and
speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a
flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m
just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that
just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.”
Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village
Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with
candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s
Rebellious Call.”
Any forces that tried to tell the former ballet dancer/telemarketer/French major to play small, failed.
Growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in a strict, Seventh Day Adventist…

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Adia Victoria/ Phillip the Human

A Saturn Nights Showcase: This show is FREE to attend!

 

Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues.
Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, nave, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.”

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Adia Victoria Live

Adia Victoria Live

Adia Victoria Live From Syndicate Lounge 5/27/16

Photo/Recording – Darrell Nance
Audio Mix – Brian Savage

Photo/Recording – Darrell Nance
Audio Mix – Brian Savage
“Detroit Moan” (Victoria Spivey cover)
“Dead Eyes”
“Mortimer’s Blues”
“Howlin’ Shame”
“Horrible Weather”
“Head Rot”
“Invisible Hands”
“Me and the Devil”
“Stuck in the South”
“And Then You Die”
 Unreleased Track
“Ain’t I A Woman”

An Interview with Adia Victoria

Words by Lindsay McDuffie
Photography by Darrell Nance

Standing around The Syndicate Lounge, I could hear Adia Victoria before I could see her. She talked loud and quick, sometimes in exaggerated Southern twang, sometimes in exaggerated Ghetto-speak. “I’m such a Black girl,” she added after one such occurrence. Draped in a zip-up white moo-moo, a sleek honey-brown wig, her steps accented by yellow Converse, Adia (Uh-DEE-uh) pulled her guitar over her shoulders for soundcheck. Cue “Smells Like Teen Spirit”–after, of course, dialing in a few originals.

She stopped, smiled, looked up from her guitar, joked about playing the next song. “Like uh, with Grateful Dead pedals!” she said, with exaggerated gestures. The guitarist next to her, Mason Hickman, tapped his foot across his board, began playing wah-wah sounds à la Jerry Garcia. Having played two of my favorite bands consecutively, two that…

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Interview – Adia Victoria

Interview - Adia Victoria

An Interview with Adia Victoria

Words by Lindsay McDuffie
Photography by Darrell Nance

Standing around The Syndicate Lounge, I could hear Adia Victoria before I could see her. She talked loud and quick, sometimes in exaggerated Southern twang, sometimes in exaggerated Ghetto-speak. “I’m such a Black girl,” she added after one such occurrence. Draped in a zip-up white moo-moo, a sleek honey-brown wig, her steps accented by yellow Converse, Adia (Uh-DEE-uh) pulled her guitar over her shoulders for soundcheck. Cue “Smells Like Teen Spirit”–after, of course, dialing in a few originals.

She stopped, smiled, looked up from her guitar, joked about playing the next song. “Like uh, with Grateful Dead pedals!” she said, with exaggerated gestures. The guitarist next to her, Mason Hickman, tapped his foot across his board, began playing wah-wah sounds à la Jerry Garcia. Having played two of my favorite bands consecutively, two that had no earthly business being played consecutively, all I could think about while reviewing my questions was, “Try not to gush. Try not to gush.”

“Hey, are you Lindsay?”

Try not to gush.  “Yes.”

“Hey, I’m Adia,” she said with an outstretched hand. “Are you ready?”

“Yes! Let’s go back to the greenroom.”


 

Welcome to Birmingham!

Thank you!

The last…

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Adia Victoria/ Dead Balloons/ New Devils

Adia Victoria/ Dead Balloons/ New Devils

Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.”


New Devils

Neo-soul-rock n’ roll, R&B from Birmingham, AL. A…

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Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria

Influenced by Kurt Cobain, Miles Davis, and Fiona Apple, Adia Victoria‘s unapologetic search for self-expression is both critical and clear of normative Nashville tropes. She resets expectations for Black girls with guitars, writing dark-humored lyrics that scrape her own self-awareness against gritty gothic-blues guitar riffs. Balanced out with the inherent honesty of Appalachian twang, Adia’s voice glides with words of coarse reflection, gentle coos thick with swampy rebellion.

Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn.” Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s Rebellious Call.”

Adia Victoria will perform at The Syndicate Lounge with Dead Balloons and New Devils Friday, May 27th. You do not want to miss it. This New Music Monday features Adia Victoria’s Sea of Sand EP, a slice of her debut LP, Beyond the Bloodhounds, released May 13th.

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-Lindsay McDuffie

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