Lindsay B, a solo artist by the name of Lindsay Baffo, is a musician from LA who creates infectious garage power-pop. For Baffo, this isn’t her first musical project. She had two bands prior to this, however, she decided to go solo after a friend suggested that she go by her name as a solo act, because she wrote all the songs for her previous bands.
“At the time, I didn’t really want to brand myself as a singer-songwriter because I used to think it was a little corny, but after a couple years, it was something I began to think differently about. I was more comfortable with taking creative ownership, not hiding behind a band name,“ said Baffo.
Music had always been part of Baffo’s life and because she dealt with a lot of trauma in her childhood, listening to music was her therapy.
“It had all the answers. I think about being 12 years old and crying to the song ‘Silver Springs’ by Fleetwood Mac and not even being sure why I was crying over it, and then being 19 and drunkenly screaming that song to an ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of a 7-11. And then being 22 and holding my mom when we saw Fleetwood Mac play it live, and now being 24 with the lyrics tattooed on me,” explained Baffo. “Music did all of that for me. It’s been my passenger in life, so it was inevitable that I picked up songwriting for myself.”
Music, in general, has helped Baffo in dealing with anxiety and relating with others in her life, which she sometimes finds to be difficult. “My songs are the only way I feel I can share things about myself without worrying about what the other person in front of me is thinking because I live in my thoughts too much,” shared Baffo.
Her debut album DOOMED TO . . . was released in June of this year, and is filled with energetic anthemic rock songs with loud guitars and angsty lyrics. It is one of those records that sounds best with the windows down, driving on the highway.
Differentiating from her earlier bands, Baffo says that she was less concerned with live shows. Because of serious anxiety, while performing in front of people, she finds herself most comfortable in the studio, focusing on songwriting and experimenting with production.
Baffo minimized outside influencers during the recording of the album and worked with Jesse Avila, who plays bass on the record and produced it. He shared similar sensibilities with Baffo when it came to recording and maintaining sonic clarity. “He’s a genius and one of the most talented, hardworking artists I know,” said Baffo.
The decision to call the album DOOMED TO . . . was made only a few weeks before its June release. The album was initially titled, In the Backseat of Your Car, which was a lyric from the song, “Nobody’s Waiting.” The title, however, changed because the meaning of the record evolved over time.
A bulk of the album was written while Baffo was going through a breakup, but with the songs sitting on the shelf for about a year until actual recording, the title didn’t fit. ”It all became less about my breakup and more about the person I am with the lights off, so to speak. It became about my personality flaws, and my vices and paranoia, which is so much more thematically larger than a single breakup,” stated Baffo. “That was something worth embracing and I’m glad it did that, instead of giving power to an ex-boyfriend who never really deserved it.”
“Driving” is an album highlight that Baffo penned at 3 a.m. while driving the 101 freeway. “It was just me and the stars and the lights of LA. Nothing else existed. I rolled down all the windows and was screaming and laughing and crying and kind of started writing the song right there on the 101/110 freeway interchange. It was something cosmic. When I got home, it all poured out of me in a span of 10 minutes,” said Baffo.
When it comes to writing songs, Baffo does not have any specific method of songwriting and doesn’t try to force anything; some songs can take months to write while others
Lyrically, DOOMED TO . . . addresses a variety of topics such as personal conflicts and the overall stress and messiness of life. Baffo holds nothing back in her songwriting and is also ready to tackle even more in the future. “There are other themes I haven’t written songs about at all: the afterlife, space, sexuality, and the current political climate. I plan to address those things soon.”
Inspiration-wise, Baffo says she couldn’t name all her influences, but musician Kim Deal has been a big inspiration since she was 16 and admired how she reinvented herself with each Breeder’s record and her style in general. “She’s so effortlessly cool. Like the whole ‘no makeup, oversized t-shirt, borderline androgynous’ cool that I aspire to be,” said Baffo.
Living in LA, Baffo draws inspiration from the city and says that it is a living, breathing counterpart to her life.
“It’s been this great love affair for most of my musical career. LA has an enormous impact on my art in terms of looking at the industry with a critical eye and combating sexism,” said Baffo. “LA hardened me and probably made me a little jaded, but I like to think it needed to happen. I used to put a lot of trust in people and now I don’t, so I’m hardly disappointed.”