Lovemakers reunite for Valentine’s Day 

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  • Together again after a bad split, The Lovemakers — from left, frequent contributor Jason Proctor, Lisa Light and Scott Blonde — play Friday at Popscene.

Even after their big flameout to end 2009, Oakland dance-rock duo The Lovemakers weren't far apart. Singer-bassist Lisa Light and guitarist Scott Blonde tended bar in the same neighborhood.

"When we were not speaking, we ran into each other once. I'd see his car a lot. Awkward, yeah," recalls Light, who became romantically involved with Blonde in 2002, before they formed The Lovemakers.

Chatting in her Temescal studio about the band's Popscene reunion concert Friday at the Rickshaw Stop in The City, she says Blonde contacted her in the fall, asking if she wanted to play a show because he had a dream about it. He suggested

Feb. 14, because it was a date far enough away to prepare, and because the duo previously had memorable Valentine's Day shows.

"I think time goes on and you don't care about some of the stuff from the past," says Light, who, over seven years, released four albums as The Lovemakers with Blonde.

The duo, sometimes working with keyboardist Jason Proctor, enjoyed some national success, particularly with the sophomore album "Times of Romance" on the Interscope imprint Cherrytree. Their final album, released a few months before the implosion, was "Let's Be Friends."

By then, Light and Blonde had ended their romance -- which started when Light joined Blonde's band, and they got kicked out for getting too personal -- but remained a musical unit. Even that would not last.

"We were musical life partners," Light says. "Everything we did affected one another. Everything was a problem. We had a big blowout in Chicago at a Christmas [show]. We basically never spoke again. We didn't even speak at the [2009] New Year's show. It was silent."

In the four years since they last took the stage together, Light has stayed busy teaching yoga and making music in the band Garlands and with El Elle, a genre-skipping solo project for which she is about to complete a second record.

Blonde, who plans to contribute to both, has worked with other musicians, including upcoming releases by Blondie and Nick Cave, and is in school studying computer programming.

Just friends now, Light and Blonde aren't sure whether the reunion show will lead to anything beyond new music that's in its early stages.

"The new song we're working on right now is just as good as anything else we've ever done," Light says. "We know what our roles are; whether or not we want to spend the hours on it is another thing."


The Lovemakers

With Midi Matilda and Everyone Dirty

Where: Popscene, Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $12

Contact: (415) 861-2011,

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Roman Gokhman

Roman Gokhman

Roman Gokhman has been writing about the music scene in the Bay Area since 2006, with a focus on indie rock, world music and the local scene. He's also seen U2 live more than 50 times and expects to add to that total in 2014, if their next album finally comes out.
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