Yasmine Kittles, who says she’s influenced by Artaud’s Theatre Of Cruelty (etc.) and records with Former Ghosts, is the primary focus of Tearist, her L.A. PPM (and Pictureplane)-stamped duo with ex-Silver Daggers/No Age touring member William Strangeland on synthesizers. For instance, that’s her on the cover of the band’s first full-length LP Living: 2009-Present. If you’ve seen them live, and watched Kittles smash and scrape metal while singing for her life, you’ll understand why. Documenting that live energy, Living isn’t a typical debut LP: The songs here are a collection of “audience recordings made in warehouses, lofts, [and] concert halls.” As they explain it, “multiple versions and performance tapes are spliced, mashed, layered, collapsed and collaged to create an organically flowing album. Full songs cut with snippets and interludes capture the band in its early formation.” They reference Suicide, Sonic Youth, the Stooges’ Metallic K.O., etc., in the process. Take a listen to “Closest,” the final song on Side A.
Living: 2009-Present is out 4/26 via Thin Wrist. It’s available as a digital download and as a limited-edition vinyl LP with letter-pressed jacket. We posted a different version of one Living track, “Headless,” a ways back. A visual introduction:
See them live:
03/31 – Paris, France @ Divan du Monde (Festival Les Femmes s’en Mêlent)
04/01 – Strasburg, France @ LA LAITERIE
04/02 – Montpellier, France @ Le Rockstore
04/05 – New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home
04/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Or, at the very least, watch Kittles with her pal Eric Wareheim make like Bat For Lashes.
Expect a proper Matt Boynton-recorded studio debut soon(ish).