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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Los Angeles based alt pop singer/songwriter Party Nails has released Bull In A China Shop, written during lockdown when everything was beginning to feel scary, confusing and weird.
Elana Carroll was a teenage songwriter who carried a guitar and performed at any open mic near her home in Chatham, New York, before she became Party Nails. She wailed lyrics about her family’s divorce, dreams of leaving her small town, and an undiagnosed anxiety disorder while performing solo or with a band of experienced adult musicians backing her, frequently moving the patrons of biker bars and community centers to tears with her fearless expression of raw emotion. At home she recorded herself with Garageband, inciting an love of music production which continues to date.
Party Nails’ Music
In 2015, on Neon Gold’s famed blog, Party Nails debuted with the heartbreak inspired dance pop single Break, clearly inspired by happy-sad classics such as “Dancing On My Own” and “Blue Monday”. In 2016, on Vice’s Noisey blog, Party Nails released “No Pressure”, before leaving a 360 deal and rebuilding her career independently.
Her first self-produced full-length album, Past Lives and Paychecks, featured engineering and playing guitar, bass, synthesizers and programming electronics from her home studio, and collaborations with Caleb Shreve, Ryan Nasci, Mereki Beach, among others.
She gained a devoted fanbase from performances on her first US tour in 2017 (with PVRIS and Lights), and now live performances continue to be a core facet of her artistry. In the studio, you can hear the influence of her muses, Robyn, Prince, SZA and Dolly Parton, to name a few.
Bull In A China Shop
Party Nails started 2023 with “Like U”, described by PAPER as “reminiscent of ’90s and early-2000s rave music”, a collaboration with Austin-based Boy Sim. Her second single of 2023, Bull In A China Shop, was inspired by so many weird dreams about basically all of the scary and hard stuff she had ever lived through.
At first, she thought this song was about someone from her past, but now she realizes that it’s about me too. She wanted the production to emulate that image and overall sense of confusion, and to somehow be fun in spite of the dark subject matter.
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