Raised in Manhattan Beach, Ca., Aimee Lay is the daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and Chicago born German/English father. Assimilation was challenging and perhaps this is what drove her and her brother to find an escape through immersion in the music of an older, more mystically innocent time and place... serving as their church and source of connection to life's truth, mystery, and possibility. As a teenager, Aimee found solace in the 60s mod scene, riding her vespa, discovering old records and going to vintage clothing stores, dreaming of the British Invasion, girl groups, flower power, psychedelia, Swingin’ London and late 70s mod-revival and punk glory days.
When she was 18, she formed her first band with original Descendents bassist Tony Lombardo, opening for the legendary Mike Watt. Through the years, in addition to playing her own music, she has played guitar, bass and organ with many bands in the LA music scene. While still heavily influenced by the soundtrack of her youth, the natural progression of self discovery and life struggle and maturity would lead her to ultimately find her own unique voice and sound, lending to the at times dark, moody, introspective nature of her songwriting style, drawing comparisons to such artists as PJ Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, Nico, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull and Aimee Mann.