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Inertia!

Lily Richeson likes flowers, not mannequins.

Photo by Michael Spadoni

Lily Richeson likes flowers, not mannequins.

Inert goddess: Lily Richeson lives in Tampa and is the founder of a one-woman act (and occasional collective) known as Inertia! She's been performing understated, lo-fi folk, pop and rock since 2005.

Cancer girl: Richeson hits the big 21 on July 10.

Guest players: Rosie Richeson, Lily's younger sister, plays drums most of the time. Giddy-up, Helicopter's Nikki Navarro helps out on guitar and glockenspiel G-UH's drummer, Ryann Slauson, "bangs on all sorts of weird things."

CDs: No Joking (2006). She's working on a new one titled For the Birds to be released this summer. It will be on Navarro's It's Not a Monster label.

From one album to the next: "The songs on the first album are 4 or 5 years old now. The subject matter now is less about boys breaking my heart and more about things that are really important to me. I write about my community, political issues, domestic violence. I try to keep the lyrics kinda subtle, but still tend to keep the music in a pop format. I feel like I write stronger songs now. They're songs that mean a lot to me and are less disposable."

The new material: "It's really nice, has an organic feel, less computerized. Nikki is an amazing guitar player. It clicks. I like playing with a lot of my friends on an album. Even if it doesn't hit big, it's still a memory."

Fans at the cellular level: After a Gainesville show, a woman told Richeson that the Inertia tune Nice Chromosomes was her ringtone.

Creative heckling: Friends at a recent house party performance cajoled Richeson with mannequin heads posed strategically in front of her (a photo can be seen on her MySpace comment board: myspace.com/iiinertia).

Who taught her how to play guitar? Richeson's mom, at age 13. Her mother also introduced her to the music of Joni Mitchell.

Womanly woman: Along with admiring female musicians, Richeson is studying toward a bachelor's degree in women's studies at USF. She has one year to go.

Biker mama: Well, sort of — the un-motorized kind, anyway. She co-founded the Tampa Bike Cooperative with fixed-gear rider Dave Japenga. The two maintain a blog about it at tampabikecoop.wordpress.com. Richeson says she still rides a 10-speed and knows how to ride a fixed-gear (a bike that lacks a brake and the ability to coast, and is controlled with pedal resistance) but is still a little too wary to make the switch. She says she's getting better at it with the help of pal Japenga.

Hear her: 9 p.m. Friday at the Globe Coffee Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg with Gina Vivinetto and Curtis Ross of the Peabodies; Giddy-up, Helicopter; and Joey Neill and Scott Harrell of Nessie. 8 p.m. Free. (727) 898-5282.

Inertia! 06/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2008 10:33am]
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