Lydia Loveless does a lot of venting on her second album and debut for Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, “Indestructible Machine.” Growing up in rural Ohio outside Coshocton, population 11,000, Loveless says feeling like an outcast was inspiring in a perverse kind of way. “One good thing about not having a lot of friends,” she says with a laugh, “it gave me plenty of time to write songs.”

“I lived on a farm with 200 cattle, horses, goats – I loved the country, but hated the town,” she says. “I hoped there were better things somewhere else, because it was a very ignorant, close-minded town, the kind of place that if you spoke with proper grammar they made fun of you. It helped shape my general outlook. I wouldn’t say I developed a hatred for humanity, but it definitely encouraged me to be more of a loner.”

Her father was a musician who also booked concerts at a local bar. Her two older sisters played music and enlisted Lydia to play bass in their new-wave band when she was 13.

“We definitely made a splash in the punk scene in Columbus: ‘Why are these well-dressed little girls playing this dirty punk club?’ ” Loveless says. The band ended when Loveless’ oldest sister moved to New York, and Lydia began focusing on writing her own songs.

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