Forming in Austin, Texas in the summer of 2015, Lola Tried began as a project started by local singer/songwriter Lauren Burton. After meeting Ray Garza (Lead Guitar, Keys) in August 2015, she decided to form a full band project, adding Ray Flynt on drums and Greg Spencer on bass. Taking influence from the likes of Swearin' and Lemuria, Lola Tried combines catchy power-pop hooks with noisy, garage-esque choruses. Lola Tried has toured nationally in support of their EP, Popsicle Queen, and have played with international touring acts such as Speedy Ortiz, A Giant Dog, High Waisted, Boy Toy, and Tera Melos. Lola Tried played 11 shows in March of 2018 as an official SXSW showcasing artist in Austin, Texas, and just finished a 3 week national tour to celebrate the release of their self-titled LP.
" Fronted by firecracker guitarist-vocalist Lauren Burton, Lola Tried serves up a bubbling brew of power-pop, punk, and early-Aughts emo. Live, Burton leads the band in raucous headbanging, while 2017 EP Popsicle Queen offered a polished bristling of clever, cutting, frustrated lyrics. – Libby Webster, The Austin Chronicle
"Lauren Burton is a force of womanhood. In person, she is an unapologetic, razor-tongued feminist and a stalwart champion of social justice and Austin’s music scene. Her powerful aura and agenda translate seamlessly to Lola Tried, an excellent rock-and-roll outfit that sometimes waxes a little pop-punk and other times a bit more power pop. Regardless of the song’s subject matter, Burton has an uncanny ability to tell an interesting story and pen music to it that’s contagiously catchy without being at all pedestrian. Sometimes that story is about depression, sometimes it’s about being angry and exhausted (heard that), and other times it’s just a cool story. Picking one song to showcase from their debut full-length is difficult; each track has that “no wait, this is my favorite song…” quality, exemplifying the incredible talent bubbling from Austin’s underground music scene. --Taylor Wallace, KUTX 98.9