Nicole Ranalli, also known by the stage name, Lakookala, is a Los Angeles based vocalist, drummer, and music producer.
Blending post-punk drama, heavy drum beats and infectious vocal melodies, Lakookala's avant-punk style is reminiscent of NIN, Portishead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and PJ Harvey.
Formerly the front woman of Pittsburgh punk trio "Medic Medic" (RIP 2008), Nicole "Lakookala" Ranalli began as a solo artist in 2010 as a drummer/vocalist, and relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Now acting as a mulit-instrumentalist, producer and audio engineer, she self-produces her music and live shows with a minimal and experimental approach to create a sound that is truly unique.
Currently, Lakookala is in the studio wrapping up an EP to be released later in 2017.
Songs for the Mean - EP (2010) 10" Vinyl & Digital Release
FFU - Single (2013) 7" Vinyl & Digital Release
Lost EP - EP (2017) Digital Only
"There isn't a lot of recorded music to go on yet — but what there is has already gotten Ranalli compared to luminaries like PJ Harvey and Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker..."
Tap Milwaukee - July 17, 2013
"The new single "FFU" is sexy and raw with a deep base line and killer vocals. I can not get enough..."
BBE - June 27, 2013
"FFU", the latest single by Lakookala, is a raw, fiery expression of bluesy dissonance that's rendered by the impassioned vocals of Nicole Ranalli..."
Deli Magazine - June 25, 2013
"....like if PJ Harvey tried to redo PiL’s Flowers of Romance... She makes some amazing choices in her sparse accompaniment–simple piano bangs here, overblown Mellotron there."
LA Record - July 27, 2012
"Nico’s solo writing unites a range of dark and dramatic styles with exceptional vision..."
Killed in Cars - Feb. 02, 2012
"...The songs are infectious, hypnotic...."
Tom Tom Magazine - Nov. 02, 2011
Photographer: (Background) Evita Castine @ WFSU Fest March 4th, 2017 - Los Angeles
(Foreground) Phil Anderson Blythe
Musician: Nicole "Lakookala" Ranalli