Catch Oh My Love while you can: The slick Madison duo known for their glimmering synth-pop melodies and Nancy Sinatra covers will be moving away to Austin in June.
The act of Hannah Luree and Christian Lisser has made a name for itself through mixing undulating hip-hop beats with Luree’s silky croon, evoking modern indie artists like CHVRCHES and Sylvan Esso. Its local fan base has been steadily growing over the past two years, especially in the wake of some recent high-profile performances, opening for Ra Ra Riot at Live on King Street and for the Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow.
Now, the two say that it’s time to "graduate" from Madison and find a new scene to conquer. Lisser said that they fell in love with Austin when they went to South by Southwest to play an unofficial set.
“It’s super similar to Madison. It just feels right,” he said.
Luree said that she and Lisser have been contemplating a move for a while: They've both spent a long time living in Madison, and the prospect of taking a crack at a brand new music scene is an exciting one.
“Nobody knows our name. We have to start from the bottom and work our way up, just like we did in Madison,” said Luree.
Luree and Lisser began making music together three years ago, as part of a five-piece band that was then called Oh My Love! Eventually, membership dwindled as their friends split from the group one by one, and the exclamation point was dropped.
What once was a band became a musical partnership.
“I handle all the drums, she handles all the vocals,” said Lisser. “Everything in the middle is a mix of both.”
From a creative standpoint, Lisser said that partnership has been a rewarding one. Their two years of collaboration has yielded an album, 2016’s “Ghosts and Bubblegum,” and some colorful music videos to boot. It's also yielded a relationship beyond the creative and business side of things: Luree and Lisser are also a couple.
Oh My Love will have two final shows in Madison before hitting the road. One is on Saturday night at Art In gallery at 1444 E. Washington Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m. The other is on May 27 at the Wurst Times Festival at the High Noon Saloon, 701A E. Washington Ave.
“We’re mainly excited about playing with friends in town, and seeing everyone before we go,” said Luree.
Luree and Lisser added that they plan on returning for occasional Madison shows in the future.
Meanwhile, the two are dropping some new music as an overture of sorts to their move. Check out a new music video for their new single "In the Rain."