Our #womancrushwednesday this week is Serena Pryne, cofounder and lead singer of The Mandevilles.
Serena Pryne has been a mainstay in the Ontario music scene for years, a vocal powerhouse remiscent of Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt. Serena got her start in music by singing in a blues band in her youth. “That definitely shaped the sound of my voice. Even though I don’t listen to blues records all the time there is just something about it that I gravitate to – it was natural for me,” she said. “Oddly enough I didn’t really dig into a lot of female artists until I was in my mid-20s. Until then, Robert Plant was more of an influence on me. When I started to discover women in music it was Tina Turner initially. And Bonnie Raitt is huge. I just love the tenderness in her voice, which she can also turn into a real raspy growl.” A powerful singer with an extra dose of charisma, Serena is the focal point and centre of attention for the Mandevilles for both her force-of-nature stage presence and her raw yet beautiful and unmistakably whiskysoaked voice.
The Mandevilles is the latest incarnation of Pryne and musical cohort Nick Lesyk’s musical merger, forged from a partnership of over a decade. Produced by music industry superstar GGGarth Richardson, the band’s latest album, Windows and Stones , an intensely personal and powerful album, takes the listener on an aural and experiential journey that they won’t soon forget. It’s music that couldn’t be more straightforward and unpretentious in its approach and delivery. No studio trickery, experimental flights of fancy or selfindulgence- just rock and roll. Don’t believe me? See for yourself and check out their video for their new song “Hangovers” below:
Now that we’ve heard how awesome Serena can be musically, let’s read about how awesome her viewpoint is romantically! I loved these answers and I think you will too. Read on!
What is your definition of romance?
Getting butterflies and being completely pulled in by his gaze. What’s my name again?
What is your ideal first date? What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
My ideal first date would be an outstanding meal, a game of mini putt and/or pinball and a night that includes whiskey of course. If you can fit a nice 3ish km walk in there, it’s on! The best dates are always the unplanned ones, just absolute spontaneity. Getting a tasty espresso somewhere and gallivanting until 4 am also works!
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
I don’t know that I’ve ever actually received romance advice, and I don’t really care to. I think romance is important at any point in a relationship but it isn’t the be-all end-all of what makes a good thing good.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Find me in the local watering hole in a far away city from their own based on a tweet I posted a few hours earlier. I never mentioned the bar I was at. I wonder how many they visited first!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Be your true self. Yes, a fucking cliche and a half, but it’s all you have. Genuine authenticity is sexy.
Want to see more of Serena, and better yet, hear her and her awesome band? Well, they’re in the middle of a ten-date Canadian tour with Heart and Joan Jett. They will be stopping in Toronto on March 20 at The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts. Band co-founders Serena Pryne and Nick Lesyk will be on tour as an acoustic duo and showcasing tracks from their recent album Windows and Stones.