Lock Up Your Daughters is a co-ed indie pop trio from Minneapolis. We consist of Laurel Podulke (vocals and bass guitar), John Paulson (keyboards, drum machines, and vocals), and Mike Gainor (guitar and vocals). Together, we have a unique and deceptively simple sound, resembling pop standards sung by a hillside of demented children. Our arrangements are meticulously crafted, smart and catchy. We write songs about such weighty subjects as dancing with dirty feet (Samba Triste'), challenging classmates to a curling match (Joan of Arc'), and being lost in Texas with a lobster (The Slushball').
Our live shows are tight, fanciful, and compelling. We perform over twenty original numbers with the occasional Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash cover. We boast a small but loyal fan base, steadily increasing thanks to airplay on AM 770 Radio K, and our fabulous website (designed by John). In the past few months we've played shows at the 7th Street Entry, Lee's Liquor Bar, V's , and the Acadia Cabaret Theatre; as well as playing live on Radio K's Off the Record.
Lock Up Your Daughters has been together for two years. Our debut EP Please Bear Please was released in the summer of 2000.
Mike Gainor grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN. He attended an all-male, Catholic military high school, which explains a lot. He studied philosophy and English in college, then worked in an Alaskan salmon mill before returning home and writing music criticism for Cake and Demorama, and editing his own fanzine You're So' Mike started playing guitar at age 24.
Laurel Podulke is from Rochester, MN. Her family favors rickety old vans and Neil Diamond. Laurel studied theater in college, which she has found very useful in her career as musician and florist. She learned to play bass after being forced to do so by the other members of her band. Laurel lives with her boyfriend Ali and their three cats.
John Paulson grew up all over the country. He has studied music, recording-engineering, computer programming, and web design. John has an unnatural fondness for bears. He has playing and writing music since childhood, and has amassed an impressive collection of crusty old synthesizers.
Mike and Laurel met in 1994, dated for two years, then broke up on a plane. Afterwards, they joined a five piece band, which soon dissolved until they were the only ones left. They renamed themselves Lock Up Your Daughters and developed songs as a duo. In 1998, Laurel's new boyfriend introduced them to John, and the creakings of his dilapidated old synths seemed to soothe them.