Window Flowers: The Thrift Store Find That Made the Record
Liz Cooper and the Stampede just released their latest full length album, Window Flowers, last week and we can't get enough. All throughout this spring and summer tour - including their show at Luck Reunion - one thing has remained exactly the same: the technicolor floral jumpsuit Liz wears on stage. Now, with the release of Window Flowers, we see how the jumpsuit comes into play with her album art as well. Read below to hear Liz tell the tale of the jumpsuit, share her experiences with the album release, and expand on current life.
by Liz Cooper
Oh, the places this jumper has been…
But for real, who was the previous owner of this psychedelic pant-dress-thing and where has it been? I played a She Shreds showcase last year in Nashville opening for Bermuda Triangle and as soon as I heard those gals would be sporting Hawaiian shirts, I decided to join in on the fun and find myself something festive. The jumper found me, peaking out of a clump of pastels and strange textures in the corner of a local thrift store. There were no tags and no price so it became mine for a whopping thirty dollars as a joke. Since that show, the joke has become not a joke and it’s quickly taken over my life.
These days I’m hanging out in hotel lobby’s floating across America eating mushy continental breakfasts and drinking luke warm crappy coffee. The van rides are long and not far between but we keep ourselves entertained with good music, riddles, day dreaming and fun snacks. The road is a wild place filled with adventure and the jumper is a great ice breaker for old farmers and truck drivers at gas stations to give me that “damn hippy” look and ask me if I’m joining the circus. We ARE in our own circus I suppose.
When I’m home in Nashville I’m busy hanging out with my Pennock People, making art with Posture Dan and playing music with my friends in the East Nashville community. I’ve been writing a lot on the piano recently and am staying up far too late under the spell of the upright and my next door neighbors very bright and very fluorescent light shining in giving me a wiiiild hair. You can probably catch me at the salad bar at the Turnip Truck or chatting with my favorite cashier there who wears a pin that I relate to very much: I’m only smiling because I have no idea whats happening.
I’m finally sitting in my Nashville home relaxing after the craziness of our release show. Posture Dan and I, along with our lovely friends, Kate and Doug Hall and Abigail Dempsey succeeded in creating a flowery blue room wonderland for the release of our debut record, Window Flowers. We made at least 30 Home Depot trips to buy pvc piping, chicken scratch and infinite masking tape to make trippy flowers emulating my beloved jumper. So many friends joined in to help create this dreamland and it was all inspired by this dang flowery mystery jumper that has become part of me. It was all meant to be.
Images via lizcooperandthestampede.com