Lalena co-founded The Hissyfits in 1995 with Holly Jacobs, in New York City.
Under the stage names Suzi Blade and Princess, the women (with the help of
various willing drummers) released two cassette EPs, The Hissyfits and
Kitty-Cat Smack. Suzi Blade rocked the bass and Princess shredded on guitar,
and the two shared songwriting and singing roles. This early incarnation of The
Hissyfits performed at legendary East Village venues including CBGB,
Coney Island High, and Brownies, as well as Lalena's MFA thesis exhibition
at Pratt Institute of Art.
Once joined by drummer P-Girl, The Hissyfits released two 7-inch vinyl records, All Dolled Up (MutantPop), which was praised by Greil Marcus in Interview magazine, and Wish You Were Here (Sounds of Subterrania). Ever-restless for a new challenge, Lalena parted ways with The Hissyfits in 1999 to mastermind The Color Guard. Meanwhile, The Hissyfits went on to release a critically-praised full-length album with a new bass player, and toured internationally.
The Hissyfits video for "Wish"