Alison Sudol adopted the name A Fine Frenzy as her music-making persona in order to not be “stigmatized” as just another female singer-songwriter. She acknowledges that it’s created a bit of confusion, but the 22-year-old says the alter ego also made it a bit easier to put her songs out for public consumption.
“You kind of have to stiffen up and go, ‘OK, here you go...’,” explains the California-raised Sudol, who recently rereleased her debut album, “One Cell in the Sea,” with additional material. “You can’t control people’s perception of anything once you take it out of your little happy space. You don’t know what people are gonna get out of it, how people are going to receive you, if they’re going to like it or... anything, really.
“You can only hope that it moves people at the end of the day. So I think it’s easier for me to kind of let it go and let it be than to try and be wondering and worrying and fretting and trying to control it.”
Fortunately, she adds, the feedback so far has been better than she ever imagined.
“I’ve heard the most incredible stories of people getting off drugs listening to the music,” Sudol says, “of girls realizing that their boyfriends beating them up was not OK and not their fault after listening to the music — like, really major things.
“Hearing those stories just really blows me away and makes me so excited to write the next album. I’m just excited about life and connecting with people.”
A Fine Frenzy performs at 6:30 p.m. Friday (March 14) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $13. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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