Lisa Rieffel, lead singer of the garage-pop band Killola, has a lot on her plate.
Not only is her band on tour with Sick of Sarah, the Pistol Project and Radio Courtesy, Rieffel is also an actress who’s been in “The King of Queens,” “NCIS,” “The Pretender” and “Drowning Mona,” just to name a few of her TV gigs.
(Killola will be playing at Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 729 S. State, on April 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at 801-521-0572.)
Killola, courtesy Reybee Inc.
Rieffel, along with bandmate Johnny Dunn, is also producing the film “Girltrash: All Night Long,” slated for release in 2011. It’s based on the “Girltrash” Web series in which Rieffel plays Daisy Robson.
And, Rieffel and the band are doing the music for the film.
Rieffel said balancing her time between acting and music is the biggest challenge of her career.
“I have enough passion and drive and want to do everything I can all at once,” she said during a call with Dunn from a recording studio near Hollywood, Calif.
“We were lucky enough to balance that by doing ‘Girltrash.’ Because it wasn’t like putting the music part of my brain on hold. We were writing music for the movie and writing music for different characters.”
Dunn said after the Killola tour, the two will focus on finishing the film.
“This year and the next will be busy,” he said. “We’ll be taking the movie to different film festivals, hopefully including the Sundance Film Festival.”
Meanwhile, the band is finishing the new album, which will be called “Let’s Get Associated.”
“Several of the songs are in the movie,” said Dunn.
Dunn, who is the band’s self-proclaimed “resident nerd,” has plans for the new record’s release.
“We’re planning to release it via USB dogtag drives,” he said. “(The device) looks like a military dogtag but has our logo on the front. And when you press a button on the side, a USB port pops out.”
The port drive will have 500 megabytes of content, said Dunn. “You get the new album, and three other albums, a bunch of videos, hidden tracks and pictures.”
Rieffel, who cited Brian Eno, Queen and the Beatles as her early musical influences, said it took about a year go get “Let’s Get Associated” to the finishing stages.
“Over the past year we played some of the songs live on tour and got reactions from the audience,” she said. “We saw what worked and what didn’t.”
“There a couple of songs written at the beginning of the writing phase, 10 months ago,” said Dunn, who favors dub reggae mixes and punk band NOFX. “And there are songs that were written just last week.”
“We’re looking forward to getting out there on tour,” Rieffel said. “We already have a bunch of songs that we’ve been working on for the next album.”