New York's KRISTEEN YOUNG has always wanted to squash the "nice" and "safe" connotation that comes with piano-based music and stomp on it. With the release of the new album Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker planned for later this year, she just might get her wish.
"I wanted to create a new sound for piano on this album, and for it to be just as powerful and creative as any guitar-based record," says KRISTEEN YOUNG's not-so-coincidentally named frontwoman, Kristeen Young. "I wanted it to sound like a wall of pianos, but like the wall in the film, Caligula: a wall that moves and decapitates everyone."
The decapitating wall that is KRISTEEN YOUNG will be moving across the country this Spring in anticipation to the duo’s sixth studio album.
KRISTEEN YOUNG gears up for a national tour, which kicks off tonight in Southgate, MI (tour dates below), after being out on the road over the last two years on high-profile tours with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (who plays percussion on the new record) and Morrissey (who is not only a fan, but also once signed her to his Attack! label).
Joined by bandmate/drummer “Baby” Jef White and with crisp and full in-your-face production from the venerable Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Morrissey), Music for Strippers... is a mighty big nail in the coffin of "respectable" piano music. Matching the drama and emotion from her viscerally heart-gripping lyrics, the songs of this album celebrate the highs and the lows of the ofttimes unsettling stories that she unfolds.
"For the first time in my life, someone was very giving and loving toward me in a very obvious and public way," she explains. "It softened my heart a bit. And then, when things went the other way, it destroyed me. I'm better and stronger now. But, during the year it took me to recover, I made this record and it represents the arc of that time. Alot of the songs are about the audience, too, as we were on tour, solidly, for about two years."
Among the many surprises on the upcoming album is a duet with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Vaughan Stump.
"I love Fall Out Boy," she attests. "They have such heartbreaking melodies. 'Sugar, We're Going Down' is one of the best rock songs ever written. Patrick's voice is flexible, full of emotion, and has that indescribable tone or quality that just moves you. I think our voices caress and smack each other in all the right ways."
Music for Strippers, Hookers, and the Odd On-Looker will be released later this year.
Apr 30 Modern Exchange Southgate, MI
May 02 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
May 05 Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
May 08 Vintage Vinyl (In-Store) St. Louis, MO
May 10 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
w/ KILLOLA (5/15 – 5/24)
May 15 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
May 17 Dante’s Portland, OR
May 18 Fire Escape Citrus Heights, CA
May 19 The Blank Club San Jose, CA
May 20 The Uptown Oakland, CA
May 21 Muddy Water’s Santa Barbara, CA
May 22 The Roxy West Hollywood, CA
May 23 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
May 24 Bar Pink San Diego, CA
May 26 Ruby Room Lounge Phoenix, AZ
May 28 The Percolator El Paso, TX
Jun 01 Hole In The Wallace Baine Austin, TX
Jun 03 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
Jun 05 Off Broadway St. Louis, MO