In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we tell the story of legendary pioneering indie label Chiswick Records. To soundtrack your reading, we’ve handpicked 12 classic tracks from the Chiswick vault. Enjoy…
THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANTY CANDY
RADIO STARS – RUSSIANS
GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL
THE NIPS – GABRIELLE
WHIRLWIND – BOPPIN’ HIGH SCHOOL BABY
RADIATORS FROM SPACE – SONG OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
SNIFF ‘N’ THE TEARS – DRIVER’S SEAT
LITTLE BOB STORY – RIOT IN TOULOUSE
THE DAMNED – LOVE SONG
DR FEELGOOD – SUGAR BOWL
THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART
MOTORHEAD – MOTORHEAD
Read the full story of Chiswick Records in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
Fast-rising garage duo THE COURETTES have released another new video as they head out on tour.
A celebration of The Beatles’ drummer, ‘R.I.N.G.O.’ is taken from the pair’s new album Back In Mono, which is out today through Damaged Goods.
“As big fans of the 60s music and counterculture, it seems we´re slowly losing our heroes,” explains singer/guitarist Flavia. “So, here’s an ode to the fab Ringo Starr, who is still around banging drums and preaching peace and love. Ringo is a big influence on Martin´s drumming and one of rock’n’roll biggest icons. It’s also an homage to all the underdogs, as many would have written a song to Lennon, Harrison or McCartney instead, but we want Starkey! Teenage heartbreak and fuzzy pop garage hit, here comes R.I.N.G.O.!
“A subtle detail is that the single (and album) was recorded using a 60s Trixon drum kit,” seh continues. “A kit similar to the one Ringo used with The Beatles in the early Hamburg days. The video is inspired by the wonderful The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las TV-performances of the 60s. Colours/black/white silhouettes with sharp graphic shapes makes it the perfect visuals for this smash hit single. Ringo! We love you! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”
The Courettes kick off their tour tonight in Portsmouth before heading round the country, via London’s Lexington to Edinburgh. Full dates are…
Fri 15 – Portsmouth The Loft Sat 16 – Bristol, Crofters Room 2 Sun 17 – Norwich Norwich Arts Centre Mon 18 – Folkestone, The Chambers Tues 19 – London The Lexington Wed 20 – Bedford, Esquires Thur 21 – Hastings The Piper Fri 22 – Sheffield Yellow Arch Studios Sat 23 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club Sun 24 – Hull Adelphi Mon 25 – Newcastle The Cluny Tues 26 – Manchester Night N Day Wed 27 – Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy
Read a new interview with The Courettes in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
DOMESTICS frontman JAMES DOMESTIC launches his solo career with a new video today.
‘Faze Out’ is the first taste of his debut solo album Carrion Repeating which is due out next spring.
Fronting East Anglian hardcore pioneers The Domestics for a decade, James has also done time with the likes of Pisser, Tokyo Lungs, Hazard Profile and more. ‘Faze Out’ finds him moving away from hardcore, however, fusing Krautrock with junkshop electronica, while drawing influence from from the likes of Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard.
Carrion Repeating is set for release in April 2022 on Kibou Records via TNS (UK) and Amok (Europe).
‘Faze Out’ is available to stream/download now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.
PENNYWISE frontman JIM LINDBERG has revealed another track from his forthcoming debut solo album.
A departure from his regular Pennywise style, the country-flavoured ‘You’re Not Alone’ follows on from the track ‘The Palm Of Your Hand’ unveiled last month. Both tracks feature on the rustically-titled Songs From The Elkhorn Trail which is out through Epitaph on 6 May next year.
“It’s about all the people who are for one reason or another, forced to be lonely in the world, the castaways, the unloved, the unwanted,” says Lindberg of the track. “There comes a point for a lot of people when you’re existing in an untenable situation where you just have to say, ‘This isn’t an acceptable way for me to live anymore.’ When this happens, there isn’t a need for a lot of fanfare. You just ‘get your stuff and you walk out.’ The moment where you make the decision to leave, it can be sad and painful but also extremely liberating to finally get your freedom. When you’ve taken that last insult or soul damaging put-down, it can be very satisfying to just ‘smile and wave as you walk past.’ You may be lonely for a while, but the song is about reminding you that there are always millions of other people in your situation – You’re Not Alone – and your bond and friendship with them is that you’ve escaped. You’re never alone in feeling alone. You’ve got friends everywhere.”
Written over the past 25 years, Songs From The Elkhorn Trail is a highly personal release, finding Lindberg reflecting on his life and the various relationships, good and bad, within it. The album was largely inspired by his father, who supported Lindberg throughout his life, including buying his first guitar, before passing away with Alzheimer’s in 2018.
Recorded with members of Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the album was produced Tedd Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Dropkick Murphys, etc).
Notts folk-punks FEROCIOUS DOG have unveiled a moving new video ahead of their UK tour.
‘The Hope’ is the title track of their new album which is out through Graphite Records this Friday 15 October.
“’The Hope’ is exactly what it says on the tin.” declare the band. “It’s a song that shows you when things are at their very darkest, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always help, there’s always hope! The subject matter is probably at it’s most poignant right now with what’s happening with the world.”
As previously announced, this Friday also sees the start of the band’s UK tour. Full dates are…
October Fri 15th Old Fire Station Bournemouth Sat 16th Chalk Brighton Sun 17th The Venue Derby Mon 18th Old Cold Store Nottingham Tue 19th Nightrain Bradford Wed 20th O2 Academy 3 Manchester Thu 21st Nell’s London Fri 22nd O2 Academy 2 Oxford Sat 23rd Waterfront Norwich Thu 28th The Globe Cardiff Fri 29th O2 Academy Leicester Sat 30th Esquires Bedford November Fri 5th O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Sat 6th La Belle Angele Edinburgh Fri 12th Ropetackle Arts Shoreham-On Sea Sat 13th The Forum Tunbridge Wells Thu 18th Cheese & Grain Frome Sat 20th Exeter Phoenix Exeter Sun 21st Guildhall Gloucester Fri 26th KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton Sat 27th Picturedrome Holmfrith December Sat 4th Leadmill Sheffield
DESPERATE MEASURES head out on tour this week in support of their brand new mini-album.
The six-track mini-album Rinsed has just been released through Easy Action Records to a swathe of rave reviews. And following a ball-tearing performance at HRH Punk last week, the band are ready to take the album cross-country in the company of THE PROFESSIONALS, who’ve just released their new album SNAFU.
The tour kicks off at Tunbridge Wells Forum on Wednesday 13 October, winding all the way through to Chester Live Rooms on the 28th, including a stop at London’s Garage on the 24th (full dates below).
“We can’t wait to get out there and play our new songs from our ‘Rinsed’ album,” states frontman Eugene Butcher. “Plus, we will be rocking out with Cookie and the Professionals every night! Bring it on!”
This week sees the release of I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, the brand new album from Aussie legends the HARD-ONS. It’s the first to feature new singer Tim Rogers.
To celebrate, we asked guitarist Peter Black to go through YouTube and give us a Top 10….
X – SUCK SUCK
Fuck, this was a big album for us… what am I saying?! It still is!
Nothing sounds like this and nothing ever will… they reformed when we were still youngsters and played an infamous show at an abandoned site called Alpha House (apartments todays) was INSANE… terrifying and exhilarating, over run by skinheads, we were hiding up the back… left alone cause we were still in our diapers practically! We would take turns pushing our way up the front while it seemed the whole place was having a punch-up and X played along at ear splitting level. Lost count of the times we saw ’em after that… no-one will ever bass like Ian Rilen did… can’t describe it ’cause words like Savage, Powerful, Nuclear, Fatal just doesn’t come close! The album Aspirations was reportedly recorded in five hours… don’t you just LOVE THAT?!!
THE LEFTOVERS – CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL
There is this book called Inner City Sound – Punk And Post-Punk In Australia, came out in 1982 (recently reissued) that we read cover to cover… each story and the wild photos inside were so inspirational that we would hunt every record / band that was mentioned… one band in particular,The Leftovers, sounded proper scary! Couldn’t wait to hear this and fuck-en-hell didn’t disappoint…!
BABEEZ – HATE
Another favourite… and another ‘what the fuck am I listening too??’, its barely held together and all the more powerful because of it! I wanted to cover it, or at least try to, but it’s not always ‘just the song’ but the ‘performance’ as well… only these four nutters could sound like this…
SICK THINGS – COMMITTED TO SUICIDE
In keeping with the tradition of pristine Aussie hi-fidelity comes this mind blower! Freaking insane… we covered this with the wonderful Neil Hamburger… members went on to Venom P Stinger and Dirty Three and lucky for youse guys, pretty sure this has been reissued not that long ago.
THE ELOIS – BY MY SIDE
Pretty soon, being the music nerds we were, we started hearing and reading about ’60s Punk’… WTF?? When you first hear it there’s no turning back…’ enthralled by all the Pebbles, Nuggets, and Flashback series of records we found an album called Ugly Things put out by Raven Records, by rock historian Glenn A Baker and this is one of the greatest records ever full stop! Every song is killer… How many of these songs we tried to cover when we were jamming? Ha! Lost count… I know we did this one. BLISTERING.
BLACK DIAMONDS – I WANT, NEED, LOVE YOU
And this WILD track… discovering there was also a film clip?? Oh boy!!
THE MISSING LINKS – WILD ABOUT YOU
Does anything sound like this?? Ever?? No way… The Saints covered this and ya gotta hand it too ’em, their version is killer.
But this is a truly one of a kind unhinged slab of magnificence!! Should be studied in schools!!
These were but three songs on the Ugly Things compilation I mentioned… can you see what I mean about being one of the best albums ever?!!
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – JUNK YARD
I know everyone knows The Birthday Party but I think most people forget what a SHOCK to the system they were… We managed to see one of their last ever shows and – get this! – with the Scientists and X as supports. It’s a gig I will never forget EVER!! Man! We pushed to the front but I had to go pee and lost my spot for a bit… when I finally managed to get back there Ray gleefully informed me that Nick Cave head-butted him! FUCK OFF! I was so jealous.
Their records still sound like a nightmare in-fucken-credible. Goosebumps watching this even from shitty computer speakers.
THE SCIENTISTS – WE HAD LOVE
When we were old enough to sneak into pubs this incarnation of The Scientists started playing and like X, I’m pretty sure we went to every single fucken gig… ya just couldn’t miss ’em…
It’s hard to describe what that was like… maybe, put headphones on… close ya eyes, turn it up till its hurts a little, then fall down some stairs… HOW GOOD IS THAT?!!
CELIBATE RIFLES – TUBULAR GREENS
I don’t know how to end… when we started playing there were a million awesome bands… we loved ’em all, and a million killer labels… we loved ’em all!
Australian rock and roll was in a good place…
I’ll end on this as I wish Damian Lovelock a whole lotta Rock In Peace.
Veteran post-punks the BAND OF HOLY JOY play a one-off London date this week in support of their latest album.
Formed back in 1984 on the New Cross squat scene, the Band, still fronted by the charismatic Johny Brown, have enjoyed a particularly prolific period over the past decade, seeing the release of their most recent album Dreams Take Flight in June.
The Band return to the London stage this Thursday 7 October at Powerhaus (formerly Dingwalls) in Camden.
They’ll be joined by extra-special guests, recently rejuvenated proto-punk legends THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS, plus VAGRANT LOVERS and I SEE ISLANDS.
The Doc’n’Roll film festival returns this month for two weeks of music documentaries.
This year – its eighth edition – the festival will take place from 28 Oct to 14 Nov and host 34 feature-length documentaries and 8 shorts, in cinemas and online. For the first time ever, will also include screenings in other cities, such as Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester.
Featuring the usual diverse array of films focusing on various genres, the festival will as usual see numerous UK, European and World Premieres many including Q&As.
Highlights include Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, the first career-spanning documentary on the No Wave icon;
Fanny: The Right To Rock, about the pioneering all-woman US rock band;
Love in Bright Landscapes – David McComb of The Triffids – director Jonathan Alley’s much-vaunted tribute to the Western Australian music legend;
ForeverMoore: The Angelo Project – focusing on Angelo Moore or LA ska-punks Fishbone;
Guy Clark: Without Getting Killed or Caught about the recently departed Texan songwriting legend;
In a Silent Way (A Portrait of Talk Talk), casting a spotlight on the inner workings of the notorious reclusive UK band;
Bury Us! A Punk Rock Uprising – set in the Basque Country, Catalonia and LA, the film is built around the personal stories of Usua and Koldo, the fiery rock n’roll duo known as Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado;
No Spicy No Fun: Rebel Riot in the UK, focusing on the whistle-stop tour by a Buddhist punk band from Yangon, Myanmar.
Participating London cinemas include Barbican, Genesis (Whitechapel), Rio (Dalston), Curzon Soho and Castle (Homerton).
Full details, listings and tickets can be found here.
Hot rocking Cumbrian duo VOODOO RADIO release their debut single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Fusing psychobilly and cyber-punk, ‘Space Girl’ is a first taste of the pair’s forthcoming 8-track mini-album Pop Pills.
Currently based between Ulverston and Hammersmith, father and daughter duo Tony and Paige Cook were discovered by their management busking in Leicester Square tube station, which led to them securing a deal with Holy Dotage Records, also home to Spiz Energi.
A veteran of numerous rock bands, Tony has toured alongside the likes of Status Quo, Wizzard and Budgie with Paige joining on backing vocals since the age of 14. Now the pop/punk Voodoo Radio finds them channelling the likes of Blondie, Revillos and Transvision Vamp with tasty Van Halen-esque licks thrown in for good measure!
‘Space Girl’ is available to stream/download here.
Set for release on 3 December on 10″ vinyl, Pop Pills is available to pre-order here.
Catch Voodoo Radio at the following dates…
3 Oct – Black Bull, Gateshead 3 Dec – Mildmay Club, London
JAMIE PERRETT has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock ahead of the his London headline show at the weekend.
If the name sounds familiar it may be because Jamie is the son of THE ONLY ONES frontman PETER PERRETT, as well as being his guitarist and producer on his most recent album for Domino, Humanworld. Jamie was also the original guitarist in Pete Doherty’s BABYSHAMBLES.
His second solo single, ‘Angel Of Santiago’ follows on from Jamie’s debut single ‘Masquerade Of Love’ and was inspired by a fraught journey from Barcelona to Nîmes.
“It was one of those nights, like the Scorsese movie After Hours, where everything just goes wrong,” Jamie explains. “Trying to get from A to B seems like an impossible task. We missed the train by seconds. Then attempted to get a coach which didn’t exist. An Uber to the local car hire place ended in disappointment when we found out our license had just ran out. With each passing hour and options running thin, we sat in the taxi contemplating our next steps. ‘I’ll drive you,’ said Sandra, the flamenco guitarist from Barcelona. ‘We’ll make it to Nîmes, France (390 km) in time for the gig’. Me barely being able to keep my eyes open, nodded in agreement and pointed in the direction of France. Luckily we made it, just in time for sound check. No-one would have done. Oops.”
“The video was quite a healing experience,” he continues. “A 3-day shoot with a lot of trekking on the south coast near Gosport. A mini-pilgrimage, like a condensed Camino De Santiago. I’m at my most happiest when in transit, constantly moving, alone with my thoughts. Some of the weather was quite extreme and the paths (semi) treacherous. A lot of the time I was just silent. Going through my own shit. Reliving memories.”
Jamie and his band play The Grace (formerly Upstairs At The Garage), London this Saturday 2 October – tickets
‘Angel Of Santiago’ is available to stream/download here.
Vive Le Rock’s Paul Gilman checks out the world’s number one SLADE tribute band!
When we heard that esteemed Slade tribute band Slady were playing at the Con Club in Lewes, to quote a song by our glam rock heroes, we were, “In like a shot…”.
Initially starting out as a 70s bootboy band Slade captured the time with their punchy tunes and singalong lyrics.
Formed in 2018 in Southend, Slady are an all-girl tribute band, they look and sound the part and are all highly accomplished musicians.
Slady take the stage and it’s an immediate throwback to the 1970s. A quick glance around the audience and it’s clear that many of them were there the first time around but probably a bit more worried about toilet access than they used to be.
Band members Gobby Holder, Jem Lea, Donna Powell and Davina Hill look a little nervous to start with, it can’t be easy after such a long enforced break and the anticipation in the room is high.
The band launch into one of the lesser-known numbers, ‘Hear Me Calling’ and it’s soon clear that this is a band who know what they are about and are just warming up. The songs flow thick and fast and the best is yet to come.
‘Get Down And Gget With It, ‘ Born To Be Wild’ and ‘Take Me Back ‘Ome’ bring joy to the room, it’s absolutely brilliant. Gobby Holder’s voice is the nearest I’ve heard to The Nod’s paintstripping vocals and the band capture the fun of the original. ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’ has the audience singing along; Slade themselves didn’t like it so rarely played it.
A few numbers lesser-known to the non-diehards are well received and then it’s on to those monster hits, ‘Mama Weer All Crazy Now’ and a finale of, ‘Gudbye T’ Jane’; I remember it first time around on my Woolworths Top Of The Pops album but this tribute band nail it, unlike the ‘Woollies Wallies’.
There was some talk of it being too early for ‘that Christmas song’ or was it too late ?
Vive Le Rock caught up with the band after the show…
VLR: How was the pandemic for you ?
Gobby: I spent most of in the toilet, I livestreamed to our fans as, ‘Gob on the bog!’
Davina: Truly a difficult year, I went from gigging every week to nothing, it was so hard for everyone and as a young person and a musician it was a shock when the music industry just stopped.
VLR: Favourite Slade song?
Davina: ‘How Does It Feel’. Pure genius.
Jem: ‘Nobody’s Fool ‘.
VLR: Dave Hill from Slade got run over by a pushbike last time he was in Brighton and broke his arm. Any broken bone stories ?
Jem: I broke my wrist playing hockey at school.
Donna: No broken bones but I’ve recently torn my ACL twice in my right knee due to kickboxing, thankfully I’m recovering well.
VLR: Any plans to write some of your own songs ?
Gobby: All of us are songwriters so, yes.
VLR: If you could have been in any other band who would it have been and why ?
Gobby: X-Ray Spex. Poly was an inspiration making herself known in the male-dominated punk scene.
VLR: You updated some of the sexist lyrics of ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’. Are you a feminist band?
Donna: One hundred per cent. I’ve been in male-dominated fields all my life and experienced sexism first hand. Sexism has no place in the 21st Century and we need to keep fighting it.
VLR: What’s the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked in an interview ?
Jem: We were once asked if we meet up and have pillow fights!
This Southend-based band are destined for bigger things and are soon to headline the annual Slade convention in Wolverhampton.
Undersung Aussie rockers SWEDISH MAGAZINES have announced their return with a new ‘Best of…’ anthology.
Formed by Tasmanian brothers Van and Cal Walker, Swedish Magazines came bursting out of Melbourne in the mid-Noughties with their high energy rock’n’roll. Following in the wake of the likes of Hoss and Powder Monkeys and taking their name from Iggy Pop’s ‘Five Foot One’, they managed one album, the explosive Eat More Baby, before exploding themselves.
As prolific songwriter Van focused on a solo career, a brief Mags reunion in 2011 yielded a second album Wino Havoc with its anthemic opener ‘Bottles & Barstools’ before the band went their separate ways again turning up in such bands as The Livingstone Daisies, Heartbrokers and Tyrannamen.
With Van having just released his first album in a decade, the successful lockdown release Ghosting, the Mags are back for another turn of the page with a new deal with Melbourne’s Rubber label and the compilation I wish Life Could Be…
Set for release on 10-track vinyl and 15-track CD on 19 November, I Wish Life Could Be… is available to pre-order here.
Aussie power-poppers THE ON AND ONS are back with a new album next month.
The aptly-titled Back For More is the Sydney trio’s third full-length and follows relatively hot on the heels of last year’s acclaimed mini-album Menacing Smile.
Formed in 2015 by brothers Glen and Brian Morris, alongside bassist Clyde Bramley, the band have an impressive collective CV, which includes stints with the Hoodoo Gurus, Kings Of The Sun, Screaming Tribesmen and Paul Collins Beat.
Set for release on Citadel on 4 October, Back For More is available to pre-order from the label and from the band themselves via Bandcamp.
BILLY IDOL returns to the UK or an arena tour next summer.
The ex-Generation X frontman will be joined by THE GO-GO’S on all dates.
The dates, Idol’s first since 2017, follow on from the release of The Roadside EP, which came out this month. The Go-Go’s too have recently had a profile boost with the release of The Go-Go’s documentary film produced and directed by Alison Ellwood, last year.
Full dates are…
Sat 11 June – SSE Hydro, Glasgow Mon 13 June – AO Arena, Manchester Wed 15 June – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham Sat 18 June – SSE Arena, Wembley Sun 19 June – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Tues 21 June – First Direct Arena, Manchester
Ticket presales begin on 28 September. Sign up here.
Piano-playing Yorkshire songwriter CAROL HODGE has unveiled another video from her new album.
‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ is taken from The Crippling Space Between, which is out today.
Accompanied a video by renowned videographer Ash Pears, ‘The Moan Of A Thousand Years’ and the album it comes from find Hodge reflecting on the turmoil of the last eighteen months. It’s not all doom and gloom though, her lyrics frequently couched in irony and humour with emotive piano numbers rubbing up against rousing, uplifting indie rock as indicated by the single.
“If you’ve felt lost, hopeless and despondent, this album is for you,” says Carol. “If you’ve raged, kicked and screamed in the face of adversity, this album is for you. If you’ve felt desperate, voiceless and teetered on the brink, depressed with a cherry on top, then this album is for you. These songs are both my personal catharsis, and the collective sigh of nation, put through the wringer and pulled out with a forced grin and a deep sense of self-deprecation.”
Perhaps best known as piano-player and collaborator with Steve Ignorant, Carol was born with a rare condition called cleft type symbrachydactyly, which means Carol has just two fingers on her left hand, but this hasn’t stopped her building an impressive CV which has seen her work with the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Membranes, Headsticks and Texan songwriter Ryan Hamilton.
Hodge’s third album, released through her own Midnight Stamp label, The Crippling Space Between is available here.
Swedish action rockers THE DRIPPERS have a brand new single out this Friday.
A scorching declaration of intent, ‘Time For Some Action’ is an incendiary teaser for the Gothenberg trio’s second album which follows on from their straightforwardly-titled 2019 debut Action Rock.
“It was William [Dickborn, guitar] who told us in the car, going up to Sunlight Studio, that he had a new song that was gonna be on the album,” explains bassist Viktor Skatt. “We’d worked hard and pre-produced the other tracks over several months so it seemed like he was a bit late to the party with this one. But we learned the song in the studio and worked on it for half an hour. Turned out it had a great groove to it, and with that commanding title it was a fitting song to choose as a first single. It’s time for some action!!”
Former BLACK FLAG bassist KIRA ROESSLER has announced the release of her debut solo album.
Roessler joined Black Flag in 1983, following stints in Sexsick, The Monsters and Twisted Roots, alongside former Germs and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. Immediately prior to joining the Rollins and co, she was in DC3 with former Black Flag singer and guitarist Dez Cadena. Roessler played on four Flag studio albums during her tenure, kicking off with ’84’s Family Man.
Henry Rollins said of her Roessler, “She was a mere slip of a woman, but physical size really didn’t matter. She was in one of the most ferocious bands at the peak of violence in that scene in the ’80s.”
Going on to form dos with ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, Roessler has also enjoyed a successful career as a film dialogue editor, working on such films as Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker and A Star is Born, and earning two Emmys in the process.
Striking a much more minimalistic tone than her work with Black Flag, Kira recorded the album, simply titled Kira, with her brother Paul Roessler (Screamers, TSOL, Richie Ramone).
“These days, most of my music is created alone in my room and then fleshed out with tasty additions from close friends I request virtual musical bits from,” she says. “Then, it’s off to Kitten Robot Studio where my loving brother and co-producer Paul Roesslerhelps me polish each song. The goal is simple – express my inner essence and hope that others might feel a bit of their own by listening.”