It's been almost exactly a year since Lisa Prank played in Missoula for the first time. This year, as she returns to play at the ZACC, she has released her second full-length album (yes, in punk rock we will allow 27 minutes to count as full-length) and nestled more deeply into her niche: one-woman pop-punk that's nostalgic without being stale.
Prank, whose given name is Robin Edwards, is all about girl power (woman power?) in the best way. She brings the noise and energy of a punk rock band to the stage all by herself. With the help of her guitar and a drum machine, she produces bouncing, shining and delightfully homemade songs.
Heavily reminiscent of lo-fi '90s girl bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, Prank walks the fine line between wistful imitation and new musical ground, and she walks it well. Like the title of her 2016 album, Adult Teen, Prank's music reflects, perhaps, a mature person writing mature songs, but playing them in the musical style she listened to as a teen. One moment she's singing, "I'm making you a mixtape in my head," and two songs later she's singing, "[You're] distracting me from WebMD and all the dumb things I read." It's a lovely mix of nostalgia and modern-day concerns, served with wit.
Lisa Prank plays the ZACC Fri., March 31, at 7 PM along with Dogbreth, Melon Painting and Neutral Colors. $5.