Adrian &theSickness is an undeniable front of infectious pop concoction wrapped around electric, bombastic rock and roll. Led by Guitarist & songwriter Adrian Conner, they have been wowing live audiences with sweet melody and sheer sonic power since their debut in February 2004. Adrian also plays lead in Hell’s Belles, an AC/DC tribute band so fearsome that Angus Young himself is a devoted fan. She’s a deft soloist and a sure hand with a stinging riff, and she’s demonstrated her talents in front of demanding AC/DC fans all over the world. But she’s also a formidable pop-rock songwriter, penning honest, forthright songs spiked with catchy, irresistible hooks. Her original music has been called “exciting, rambunctious and kinda scary” in Guitar Player Magazine (2007).
In 2008, Adrian’s endearing melodies as well as her scalding six-string caught the attention of fellow Austin resident, songwriter and bassist for the Go-go’s, Kathy Valentine, who produced Adrian’s fourth CD, B.F.D. (2009). Kathy’s attention to sonic detail and eye for the architecture of pop composition resulted in an album that combines the rock fury and dazzling guitar of Angus’ best, with the approachability and energy of early Go-Go’s-style surf pop rock. Adrian released B.F.D., under her own label, Fantom Records, which charted on CMJ stations across the US and Canada, in early 2010.
2014 marks the release of Adrian’s 5th full length studio album Be Your Own Saviour. A fitting title as that’s just what Adrian has done since 2002; creating and releasing seven albums. Consistent, commanding, untamed, and with a kinetic live show to level gender bias, Austin’s Adrian &theSickness are just what the Dr. ordered.
Photo by Triniti Young