Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stephanie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012. Adult Mom now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Bruce Hamilton. Through reflections and explorations of the personal and hidden, the crux of the writing produced by Knipe is focused on excavation. The dredging out of secrets, putting it all in a pan, waiting for the gold to rise. Honesty and intimacy form as Knipe writes clever pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth.
With their debut LP, Momentary Lapse of Happily, Adult Mom bravely shined a light on the darkness and allowed the listener to experience and feel those moments along with them. Soft Spots, the project’s sophomore LP, is an exploration into the physical and emotional acts of opening up, the vulnerability that produces love, and then ache. With this record, Knipe proclaims that everybody has soft spots. Spots that get cared for and tended to, that grow and fade, that produce feeling that can linger for years and years. Knipe shares with us their process of learning how to cradle and understand their own softness without finality, a story without an end.
So who’s Laky? And how the donkeys do I pronounce it?
Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s pronounced Lake - eeeeeee. Now that’s sorted, let’s get on with the good stuff.
Laky is breaking the ‘cool musician’ rules with her onstage banter, crossing genres with her melody-driven songs, and crossing generations with her audiences. “I love to make people laugh. I want a crowd to understand my songs and to do that, they deserve to get to know me. Let’s keep music authentic.”
She was brought up on the massive songs we all know and love from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, so when writing music, her only aim is to write a “bloomin' good tune”. Her influencers list is too long to mention, but it spans from Queen to Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, and even S Club 7. A N R Factory wrote “Stumbling across Pop artists with vocals commanding enough, parallel with what you will find in up and coming recording artist LAKY, is no easy feat. The London-based artist boasts a perceptible amount of potential in her style of soulful indie pop – we’d recommend putting her on your radar right about now.”
She is remaining aloof online for the moment, while she spends most of her week in and out of writing sessions building her songs and gigging around London. You can regularly catch her playing live gigs with Sofar Sounds or Communion presents and this Summer Laky is hitting festivals including Cornbury Festival, Car Fest and Black Deer Festival. As well as being an artist, she is causing a stir as a songwriter, having recently been invited to and taken part in the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat, alongside the likes of Jamie Lawson, Beth Nielson Chapman, and Gary Burr. Keep an ear out for this humurous 25-year-old.