She/Her/Hers is a queer punk band who are sincerely and critically exploring gender constructs, social dynamics, and mental illness in Lansing, MI.Formed in 2014 in San Diego, CA as a solo project, singer/songwriter Emma eventually moved to Portland and was joined by trumpet player Piper Bazard. After relocating to Lansing, MI they were joined by drummer Cody Kuuttila and bassist Jake Matter.
Out today, Kill The Boy Band is She/Her/Hers' first full-band release. The title track -- a re-recording and reimagining of a song off 2018's "Grrrl Angst" -- is a scathing critique of the male dominated punk scene. "I wrote this song at a time when I was trying to break into the music scene in a new city and struggling to find a community of bands, venues, and promoters who weren't all straight, white men," says Emma. "I wanted to cultivate a scene that focuses on diversity and social justice issues rather than the thinly-veiled misogynistic songs about exes that I was hearing at every show."
"The Spaces In-between" is a song about coping with the anxiety, depression, and alienation of life under late-stage capitalism and climate crisis. "Everyone I know feels this sense of powerlessness, in our jobs, our communities, and our political systems," explains the singer. This will be the first track in an album I've been writing for a few years about climate change and depression."
"The Execution of All Things" is a Rilo Kiley cover. "This song speaks to many of the themes I've been fixating on and writing about," says Emma. "Ever since I discovered this album on tour last year it's been one of my staples."
Photo Credit: Nic Chapman
After working with the world's favorite underground indie-rock songwriter Jeffrey Lewis for the last decade or so to reissue his classic albums on vinyl were proud to announce a brand new proper full length!
Lewis has a new band name, too, if not necessarily a new band. Bassist Mem Pahl and drummer Brent Cole -- who have been touring the world with him for the past four years as Los Bolts -- are still on board. For Jeffrey, though, it is tradition to apply a new band name to each release. This time around, the group has been re-christened as The Voltage.
Although mostly recognized for his lyrical skills, the secret weapon in Lewis's arsenal has been his slow evolution from DIY folkie in the late '90s to barn-burning indie-rock live sensation- he started out as Daniel Johnston and spent twenty years turning into Yo La Tengo. Bad Wiring -- which was recorded by Roger Moutenot in Nashville, TN -- continues along this trajectory.
"The first thing we did when we got to Roger's studio in Nashville was to set up the gear and play the entire album through, live, like a live set, no stopping," Lewis explains. "Roger got good quality recordings of all of that and we pretty much could have called the album finished right then and there, in one day. But we spent the rest of the week using those live performances as a reference point for how to capture the best possible version of each song, the best performances and the best sounds. So we first showed Roger what we were capable of and then Roger showed us what he was capable of! It was an amazing working method! I worship a number of the records Roger had produced in the past, so I specifically sought him out, I didn't even know if he was still producing records, or where he was living."
As usual, Lewis's song topics are a tightrope walk between comedy and tragedy. The album opener "Exactly What Nobody Wanted" is a passionate tour de force on the subject of great artists that the world missed the boat on. Never entirely specific as to who or what the art or music in question is, the subject is left to the listener's imagination. Elsewhere the relentless and dense lyrical darkness of a song like "Depression! Despair!" is lightened by the camaraderie of the call-and-response chorus: "Depression! Despair! / I'll see you there."
With the endlessly creative musical variety on display from Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage, and Lewis's writing as sharp as ever, we are completely comfortable telling you that Bad Wiring is the greatest album of Jeffrey's 18-year career.
11.1.19 - Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
11.2.19 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager
11.3.19 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
11.4.19 - Omaha, NE @ Brothers
11.5.19 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11.6.19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11.7.19 - Boise, ID @ The Owyhee
11.8.19 - Portland, OR @ The Fixin'
11.9.19 - Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
11.11.19 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur
11.12.19 - Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat
11.13.19 - Arcata, CA @ Outer Space
11.14.19 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club 11.15.19 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid
11.17.19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
11.17.19 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11.19.19 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's
11.20.19 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
11.22.19 - Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
11.23.19 - Richmond, VA @ Sound of Music
11.24.19 - Newark, NJ - Index Art Center