“This record is kind of the apology, the confession and the acceptance of the ways I’ve felt shame in my life and trying to share it with others,” Petal, aka Kiley Lotz, explained in a statement.
Shame was written over the course of three years and was produced by Will Yip. The underlying theme of the album is about dealing with mental illness and its effects on others. As she wrote the album, Lotz wondered if she might be better off if she asked for help.
Expressing her emotions is easy considering that Lotz comes from a theatre background. After graduating from college in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she made the move to New York City to pursue a life on the stage, making her debut on an off-Broadway show in the spring of 2014.
“It triggered a lot of things for me personally that I wouldn’t change or regret. But it definitely made me write from a more honest, less scared perspective,” she said.
Catch Petal on the following dates;
09/08 – Lancaster, PA @ Beat House*
09/09 – Arlington, VA @ The CD Cellar*
09/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space*
09/11 – Philadelphia, PA@ Michael Jordan House*
09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ TBD*
09/13 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
09/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East*
09/16 – Oakville, CT @ Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes*
09/17 – Rochester, NY @ California Brewhaus*
09/18 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The Other Side*
10/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo^
10/03 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness^
10/05 – Springfied, MO @ Outland Ballroom^
10/06 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective^
10/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca#
* = w/ Captain We’re Sinking
^ = w/ Tigers Jaw
# = w/ Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Spencer Radcliffe
01) Camera Lens
04) Chandelier Thief
07) The Fire
10) Camera Lens II
12) Silly Heart