Lawrence Rothman cites his influences as Tom Waits, Bryan Ferry, the writings of Sam Pink (comedic author of Rontel, Person, etc.), and the artwork of found-object and collage artist Mike Kelley. That makes sense once you browse a few photos of the guy, who has adopted wildly different looks at various times, including orange haired with face-tattoos, albino white-haired with a broom-sized goat beard, greasy dark-haired pencil-mustache gigolo, beaten and bruised hipster, and even full Elizabeth Taylor drag.
His debut album released last year, The Book of Law, was produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Kim Gordon) and recorded in multiple L.A. studios with players from Warpaint, Autolux, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as sporting vocals from Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Soko, and Ariel Pink. The video for “Oz Vs. Eden,” featuring guest vocals from Charli XCX, is a creepy American Horror Story–style haunted-house affair with Rothman playing one of his alter egos, Kevin (frequently seen with a giant butterfly in his mouth), negotiating his way around a creepy golden angel, a serpentine devil in the bathtub, and twin albino teenyboppers, to music that sounds like Sisters of Mercy as fronted by Marilyn Manson. It’s a little early in Rothman’s career to predict if he’s going to have as much or more success with the acid-goth look and sound than either the Sisters or Manson, both of whom also eventually tried on more personas than Sybil, but his willingness and ability to be both ugly and artistic will surely serve him well when he takes the stage at the Space.