Once upon a time…Lexi and Nadia were at a Libertines show, the set was great, the girls were excited and went backstage to meet the band – they all sat down and talked, and a good time was had. They looked around and thought to themselves “I don’t want to make up excuses to be here. I want this”. The two indomitable girls began discussing their own dream band, Lexi saw something romantic and strong in role models like Courtney Love, she wanted to sing and play lead guitar – that was non negotiable, she turned to Nadia and said “you look like you play drums” then French was called in, a former rhythm guitarist, to learn bass in 24 hours – in that instant the dream became a reality. Magneta Lane was born, created by three ambitious women who didn’t want to spectate but wanted to participate – and we all lived happily ever after…
Lexi, Nadia and French got together in the fall of 2003 intent on presenting a strong female presence that wasn’t an adolescent cry in the dark. No juvenile sulking and sneering and no melodrama. Guided by their influences, The Kinks, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Hole, Veruca Salt, Connie Francis and Nancy Sinatra, Magneta Lane have created a sound, mood and style all of their own. A deal with smitten Toronto independent label Paper Bag Records was handed Magneta's way in the Summer 2004, when their number of gigs could still be counted on two hands.
The three were rock-club habitués who weren't satisfied being passive consumers of music; they wanted to make some noise themselves. "The first show that we ever played was at a really bad bar that was filled with businessmen," Lexi remembers. "They didn't really want to hear girls playing music, about halfway through our set we got kicked out - I guess every band has to go through that first show that's just kind of heartbreaking."
Since then, the precocious young outfit has plunged into the music business headfirst. The band spent 2005 familiarizing themselves with the downtown Toronto music scene. They now have well over fifty shows under their belts and the crowds seem to increase at every performance.
With her dark lyrical wit and cynical dulcet tones Lexi leads Magneta forward, without expectation but with focus and determination. “We want people to listen to our music, because we feel that focusing on our age and the fact that we're girls sets boundaries and limits us as musicians.” - Lexi
Not wanting to share a niche with The Donnas and the like, Lexi, Nadia and French strive to simply "make music" rather than making "girl music." Magneta Lane consciously avoid using their gender as a gimmick. "In art in general, but music especially, women tend to concentrate too much on the fact that they're women," explains French, "In that way, we're trying to be different from other girl bands."
The Constant Lover is their debut CD, It may surprise you that these young girls have created something unexpectedly great in times of transparency and cynicism. The video for the self-titled first single off the new EP is directed by Chris Grismer the video falls right in line with Magneta’s no-frills, no-pouting, all-music ideals. If you're worried that the Constant Lover EP won't be enough to satisfy your urge for a stroll down Magneta Lane, fear not, the new material is moodier and more personal, and Lexi is hopeful it will show off the band's growing musical prowess. "We're trying to do a little bit more with the instrumental arrangements," she says, "but I think there's still time to do that, because we're still young, we have time to learn, and we're just kind of going with it."
Refreshingly naive yet wise beyond their years with a sound that’s endearingly raw yet sharp and no-nonsense, rooted in classic moments of rock ‘n’ roll and yet inventive and new, girl group bounce and yet fuzzed out riffing, soft to the touch and yet undeniably rough.
Moody but not moany, feminine but not feminist – confident but by no means arrogant.