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Emily Lazar Explains the Origins of September Mourning

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The mind behind September Mourning, Emily Lazar explains the origins behind the transmedia project that is September Mourning.


Check out the video for September Mourning’s “Unholy” and get mesmerized by it. Really. Visually it’s stunning and audibly it’s crazy. September Mourning is the project of Emily Lazar and she does a far better job of explaining it than anybody else could.



“September Mourning is a transmedia project based around a storyline,” said Lazar when asked to explain the project. “I’ve been a fan of comics my entire life. When It came time to make a band, I wanted to do something beyond a normal band. I wanted to do something that had different forms of media and different forms of expressing myself. I came up with the idea to create this storyline and characters and branch out into music, comics, and art. That’s where the idea came from.”

What’s cool about September Mourning is that Emily’s creative energy that’s engrained in the project comes from a real place. After talking comics with her for a few minutes, you can really tell that she’s authentic and not just capitalizing on the medium’s popularity.

“The first comic book that I ever read was The Killing Joke,” explained Lazar when talking about her love of comics. “That stands to be my favorite book, even to this day. It’s such a great book, and the way the Joker is approached in that book is amazing. I’ve always had a thing for villains and anti-heroes. Those are the characters that I really like… characters who have something twisted and weird about them. It’s the constant battle inside of themselves that makes them really interesting to me.”

Emily’s love of that type of character sparked the creative fire of making her own twisted and complex character, September Mourning.

“She’s an anti-hero. She’s a reaper-human hybrid. But, she’s Death incarnate. That has a negative connotation. A lot of what she does is villainous but she’s doing it for the greater good. She’s trying to give these people a second chance. She knows they have to go but if she can swap them into different bodies, maybe they can do something more. That’s what she starts doing. She’s torn, she doesn’t remember her past. She doesn’t remember how she was as a human. She’s constantly trying to put together the fragments in her mind to figure out what’s really going on. There’s a lot of moral twists and turns in the story. A lot of questions that arise from that. Is it okay to play God? - Which she eventually she starts doing. There’s this moral ambiguity that she’s facing,” added the vocalist.

Lazar has the creative capacity to come up with a character like September on her own. She’s perfectly capable of doing the story on her own too, but when she got the chance to work with comic legend Marc Silvestri, she jumped all over the opportunity. If get a chance to collaborate with someone who’s worked on Uncanny X-Men and Witchblade, you do it.

“I approached him with this idea,” started Emily when talking about working with Silvestri. “He’s the kind of guy, the crazier the idea, the more he’s into it. He’s the Steve McQueen of the comic book world. He’s running around doing these crazy things and pushing barriers. He had one of first comic book TV series called in the 90’s with Witchblade. He paved the way for a lot of different things. His take on female characters is unique and awesome and powerful. He’s great, and he’s really helped me add a lot of layers to this character and this story.”

The best thing about September Mourning is that even though it’s a transmedia project, the music can stand on its own.

“September takes souls,” Lazar explained of her character. “When she takes one, she gets all their memories and emotions is 2.5 seconds. Everything that they ever lived in their life, she ends up feeling, seeing, and understanding in just a couple of seconds. That’s a lot of information and a lot of emotional information. Because of how we wrote her character, she’s the perfect vehicle for creating songs. She can speak about anything because she’s taken these souls and she’s experienced these people’s lives. We did that on purpose because I didn’t want to be nailed down to the concept. I didn’t want to be locked into a storyline where I was only able to sing and talk about one point of view. This way, I can talk about anything.”

The latest song for Lazar and September Mourning is “Unholy”; the track launched a couple of weeks ago and there’s a lot of buzz around the project because of the single and it’s accompanying visual. Lazar talked about the song.

“’Unholy’ is an interesting song because it’s this self-deprecating view of love and obsession. The lyrics are set up as that. If you read the lyrics, ‘I’m unholy, unworthy’… then September goes into the chorus of talking about how that obsession is killing her, she knows she can’t get away from it and she knows she doesn’t want to. It’s not a happy song.”

With September Mourning, Lazar hasn’t just worked with some amazing people on the comic and story side of the project. With the music she’s worked with some amazing people too. Rich Juzwick plays in her band and helps her write. Patrick Romanelli and Kyle Mayer are in the band too. As far as producers go, she’s worked with Nick Scott, Sahaj Ticotin and others. It’s a VIP list in mainstream rock, and they’re all tied into September Mourning. Even Chris Lord-Algae is involved, he’s mixing and mastering some of the music. Right now, Lazar and her team are readying the release of an EP in the Fall of this year that will lead into a full album next year. She’s mum on the songs that will be included on both or what they are about. She doesn’t want to give too much away of the story. She’s committed to it in every way, and it’s intensely admirable. The perfect example is how long it takes her to get ready to jump on stage as September.

“I do it all myself,” said Lakar talking about her makeup prep before playing a show. “It’s three hours every night. I have a whole routine down for that. It’s getting into the character. It puts me into this place. She’s not me. She’s just different. I have to get into that place. It’s like an actor getting into a character and when I’m up there as September, it’s this intense, indescribable experience.” – aa

Tour dates:
September Mourning Tour Dates w/Flaw
Thursday, 8/22 - Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN (w/ Bobaflex)
Friday, 8/23 - Rise and Conquer Festival – Muncie, IN
Saturday, 8/24 - Fear Fest – Pipestem, WV (w/ Mushroomhead)
Wednesday, 8/28 - Radio Room – Greenville, SC
Thursday – Saturday, 8/29 – 8/31 - Dragon Con – Atlanta, GA

Smile Empty Soul Tour (more dates being added in October and November)
Tuesday, 9/10 - Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Wednesday, 9/11 - Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
Thursday, 9/12 - Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NB
Friday, 9/13 - Asher Upstairs – Cheyenne, WY
Saturday, 9./14 - Herman's Hideaway – Denver, CO
Sunday, 9/15 - Liquid Joe's – Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, 9/17 - The Canyon – Santa Clarita, CA
Wednesday, 9/18 - Whisky A Go-Go – Hollywood, CA
Thursday, 9/19 - Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Sunday, 9/22 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK
Tuesday, 9/24 - Barleycorn's – Wichita, KS
Thursday, 9/26 - Pop's – Sauget, IL




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Emily Lazar Explains the Origins of September Mourning


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The mind behind September Mourning, Emily Lazar explains the origins behind the transmedia project that is September Mourning.

Check out the video for September Mourning’s “Unholy” and get mesmerized by it. Really. Visually it’s stunning and audibly it’s crazy. September Mourning is the project of Emily Lazar and she does a far better job of explaining it than anybody else could.



“September Mourning is a transmedia project based around a storyline,” said Lazar when asked to explain the project. “I’ve been a fan of comics my entire life. When It came time to make a band, I wanted to do something beyond a normal band. I wanted to do something that had different forms of media and different forms of expressing myself. I came up with the idea to create this storyline and characters and branch out into music, comics, and art. That’s where the idea came from.”

What’s cool about September Mourning is that Emily’s creative energy that’s engrained in the project comes from a real place. After talking comics with her for a few minutes, you can really tell that she’s authentic and not just capitalizing on the medium’s popularity.

“The first comic book that I ever read was The Killing Joke,” explained Lazar when talking about her love of comics. “That stands to be my favorite book, even to this day. It’s such a great book, and the way the Joker is approached in that book is amazing. I’ve always had a thing for villains and anti-heroes. Those are the characters that I really like… characters who have something twisted and weird about them. It’s the constant battle inside of themselves that makes them really interesting to me.”

Emily’s love of that type of character sparked the creative fire of making her own twisted and complex character, September Mourning.

“She’s an anti-hero. She’s a reaper-human hybrid. But, she’s Death incarnate. That has a negative connotation. A lot of what she does is villainous but she’s doing it for the greater good. She’s trying to give these people a second chance. She knows they have to go but if she can swap them into different bodies, maybe they can do something more. That’s what she starts doing. She’s torn, she doesn’t remember her past. She doesn’t remember how she was as a human. She’s constantly trying to put together the fragments in her mind to figure out what’s really going on. There’s a lot of moral twists and turns in the story. A lot of questions that arise from that. Is it okay to play God? - Which she eventually she starts doing. There’s this moral ambiguity that she’s facing,” added the vocalist.

Lazar has the creative capacity to come up with a character like September on her own. She’s perfectly capable of doing the story on her own too, but when she got the chance to work with comic legend Marc Silvestri, she jumped all over the opportunity. If get a chance to collaborate with someone who’s worked on Uncanny X-Men and Witchblade, you do it.

“I approached him with this idea,” started Emily when talking about working with Silvestri. “He’s the kind of guy, the crazier the idea, the more he’s into it. He’s the Steve McQueen of the comic book world. He’s running around doing these crazy things and pushing barriers. He had one of first comic book TV series called in the 90’s with Witchblade. He paved the way for a lot of different things. His take on female characters is unique and awesome and powerful. He’s great, and he’s really helped me add a lot of layers to this character and this story.”

The best thing about September Mourning is that even though it’s a transmedia project, the music can stand on its own.

“September takes souls,” Lazar explained of her character. “When she takes one, she gets all their memories and emotions is 2.5 seconds. Everything that they ever lived in their life, she ends up feeling, seeing, and understanding in just a couple of seconds. That’s a lot of information and a lot of emotional information. Because of how we wrote her character, she’s the perfect vehicle for creating songs. She can speak about anything because she’s taken these souls and she’s experienced these people’s lives. We did that on purpose because I didn’t want to be nailed down to the concept. I didn’t want to be locked into a storyline where I was only able to sing and talk about one point of view. This way, I can talk about anything.”

The latest song for Lazar and September Mourning is “Unholy”; the track launched a couple of weeks ago and there’s a lot of buzz around the project because of the single and it’s accompanying visual. Lazar talked about the song.

“’Unholy’ is an interesting song because it’s this self-deprecating view of love and obsession. The lyrics are set up as that. If you read the lyrics, ‘I’m unholy, unworthy’… then September goes into the chorus of talking about how that obsession is killing her, she knows she can’t get away from it and she knows she doesn’t want to. It’s not a happy song.”

With September Mourning, Lazar hasn’t just worked with some amazing people on the comic and story side of the project. With the music she’s worked with some amazing people too. Rich Juzwick plays in her band and helps her write. Patrick Romanelli and Kyle Mayer are in the band too. As far as producers go, she’s worked with Nick Scott, Sahaj Ticotin and others. It’s a VIP list in mainstream rock, and they’re all tied into September Mourning. Even Chris Lord-Algae is involved, he’s mixing and mastering some of the music. Right now, Lazar and her team are readying the release of an EP in the Fall of this year that will lead into a full album next year. She’s mum on the songs that will be included on both or what they are about. She doesn’t want to give too much away of the story. She’s committed to it in every way, and it’s intensely admirable. The perfect example is how long it takes her to get ready to jump on stage as September.

“I do it all myself,” said Lakar talking about her makeup prep before playing a show. “It’s three hours every night. I have a whole routine down for that. It’s getting into the character. It puts me into this place. She’s not me. She’s just different. I have to get into that place. It’s like an actor getting into a character and when I’m up there as September, it’s this intense, indescribable experience.” – aa

Tour dates:
September Mourning Tour Dates w/Flaw
Thursday, 8/22 - Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN (w/ Bobaflex)
Friday, 8/23 - Rise and Conquer Festival – Muncie, IN
Saturday, 8/24 - Fear Fest – Pipestem, WV (w/ Mushroomhead)
Wednesday, 8/28 - Radio Room – Greenville, SC
Thursday – Saturday, 8/29 – 8/31 - Dragon Con – Atlanta, GA

Smile Empty Soul Tour (more dates being added in October and November)
Tuesday, 9/10 - Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Wednesday, 9/11 - Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
Thursday, 9/12 - Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NB
Friday, 9/13 - Asher Upstairs – Cheyenne, WY
Saturday, 9./14 - Herman's Hideaway – Denver, CO
Sunday, 9/15 - Liquid Joe's – Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, 9/17 - The Canyon – Santa Clarita, CA
Wednesday, 9/18 - Whisky A Go-Go – Hollywood, CA
Thursday, 9/19 - Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Sunday, 9/22 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK
Tuesday, 9/24 - Barleycorn's – Wichita, KS
Thursday, 9/26 - Pop's – Sauget, IL

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