Lisa Ridgely and The Fainting Room’s “Wine In Bed” showcases infectious pop melodies with darker undertones rooted in a feminine perspective. The album should please the palates of those who enjoy tight harmonies, searing guitar solos and songs about nicknamed ovaries.
Recorded live during a December weekend at Milwaukee’s Howl Street Recordings under the wise and watchful ears of Shane Hochstetler, this compilation runs the gamut of human emotions, from hope and defiance to rage and regret. Local rocker Chris DeMay produced the EP, and played piano and organ on two tracks. Nick Berg, esteemed member of Field Report and Testa Rosa, contributed on organ to “You Would (Kill Me),” a free download on the group's bandcamp page, lisaridgely.bandcamp.com.
Lisa is a singer-songwriter who taught herself how to play guitar during her college years at UWM. She continued to experiment with songwriting for a decade until an ovary-related health scare inspired her to face her fear of public performance. Starting with an open mic at the Miramar in April ‘09, Lisa began to meet and make friends with many kind, helpful and very talented local musicians. Lisa has played with Sigmund Snopek at various local gigs and festivals including St. Patrick’s Day sets, Locust Street Days and Summerfest. Lisa has also sat in with West of East and Chris DeMay.
After performing her songs as a solo artist, Lisa decided to expand her sound with a backing band, The Fainting Room. The Fainting Room features Level 5 Guitar Jedi (2012 WAMI Award-winning Guitarist of the Year) Ryan Elliott, who also plays with local stalwarts the Form and rockers The Great Lakes Drifters, 2012 WAMI Best New Artist winners. Northwoods siren Sara Moilanen, 2011 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year, plays bass and harmonizes with Lisa. She also lends her vocal abilities and bass playing to vintage country trio The WhiskeyBelles, and performs with her husband, Tim Suchocki, in Milwaukee-based Americana duo West of East (WAMI 2011 Americana Artist of the Year). Craig Mertes lends some rock ‘n roll perspective from behind the drum kit in between attempts to attach his drums to his bicycle.
Influences: Sharon Van Etten, Mason Jennings, Kristin Hersh, David Grey, Elliott Smith, Glen Hansard, Amos Lee and Jewel.
The Fainting Room: A room in Victorian-era homes dedicated to the private treatment of female hysteria, a ladies-only condition diagnosed since ancient times by sexist doctor types and purportedly alleviated by “pelvic massage.” Symptoms included “a tendency to cause trouble.” Female hysteria is no longer recognized as a legit medical diagnosis, and fainting rooms have since been replaced with man caves by jealous husband types.
Maverick: an unbranded range animal; call sign of Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun; McCain & Palin in the 2008 presidential campaign; Lisa’s left ovary.
Highway to the Danger Zone: Ryan Elliott’s fretboard.