Carla’s silky smooth and powerful retro-electric sound has earned her a growing following in the UK. Louder Than War Magazine actually described her voice as ‘ranging from sensual mumble to soaring magnificence’.
In Cast a Dark Shadow, Carla deconstructs rock’n’roll into a haunting cabaret format, incorporating originals and re-contextualised classics. Providing accompaniments are Geoff Crowther and EastEnd Cabaret’s Vicky Falconer. Also included are a guitar, keyboard, theremin, and vintage drum machines.
About Carla Lippis
Carla Lippis has a multi-disciplinary career that started with the biker-punk band The Rules and continued with alternative country band Carla Lippis & The Martial Hearts. She rose to popularity due to the intensity of her live performances and found a niche in the intimacy of cabaret. This subsequently led to her numerous appearances at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Her performances there included her own production, Brenta’s Bad Thing, which consists of cowboy-psychedelia and ’80s Italo-pop.
Some of her notable collaborations include ‘Delone’, the 2015 release of post-folk instrumentalists Sacri Cuori, LP with Tom Waits’ right-hand man Marc Ribot, and a duet with alt-country sensation M Ward in the EP ‘Florida’. Carla also toured alongside Calexico and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
In 2016, Carla released her first album under the pseudonym ‘Baby Carla’. A heady blend of ’60s Italo-pop and vintage rock’n’roll, it was inspired by her Italian voyage with Sacri Cuori.
Her 2016 show, ‘Baby Carla’s Bad Girl Rumble’, featured haunting and sparse arrangements and debuted to positive reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that same year. She also performed this production at St Andrew’s Fashion Festival, New York City’s ‘The Slipper Room’, and at Brighton Fringe 2017.
Carla’s most recent guest performance was with cabaret royalty Joey Arias. She also regularly performs on The Black Cat Cabaret, which plays in the West End.