Live on KEXP
23 July 2017
Stream ‘Kristin Hersh Live on KEXP’. Kristin Hersh returns to Dublin for special one-off concert
“Hersh at her starkest and most evocative, singing words of both comfort and confrontation” – NPR
“24 tracks of largely acoustic beauty, fraught with a tension that tantalises, comforts and baffles in turn” – The Skinny
“Personal, tender and upsetting in equal measure” – The Irish Times
“The music thrums with chunky riffs; the tempo is stop-start but less twisty than Throwing Muses. She demands attention and rewards it” – Financial Times
“One of the great unearthly voices in American underground-rock history… an absolute trip” – Stereogum
“Endlessly fascinating and emotionally involving… this may be Kristin Hersh’s finest work to date” – Echoes and Dust
During her recent U.S. tour, indie rock music legend Kristin Hersh stopped in to the KEXP studios for a special session. The resultant video is out now in streaming here.
Kristin will also be returning to Dublin for an exclusive one-off concert, to take place on Sunday, July 23 at the National Concert Hall.
From life as the reluctant front person for renowned alternative group Throwing Muses, to her long career as a solo singer-songwriter, her lead in the power trio 50FootWave and her new career as an author of ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ and ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, Kristin never stops creating.
Her most recent solo release, the double album-book combo ‘Wyatt At The Coyote Palace’ (Listen on Bandcamp, Spotify or iTunes) coincided with an extensive tour of Ireland and the UK, playing to many sold-out audiences and wide critical acclaim. Once again she will perform songs from this latest release, as well as other offerings.
Kristin Hersh is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses. She has also found a surprisingly successful career as an author, she has published the critically acclaimed “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK (released as “Rat Girl” in the USA), a children’s book “Toby Snax,” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die,” a highly acclaimed personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
‘Wyatt At The Coyote Palace’ is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album “Crooked” and Throwing Muses’ 2013 release “Purgatory/Paradise”.
“Wyatt” is a collection of true stories and songs of love and loss, combining Kristin’s humor with the pains and travails of a life spent constantly in motion. Defined by potent guitars, addictive melodies and poignant lyrics, this release is a serious sign of strength and depth, bringing the listener into what the BBC calls Kristin’s “dark and dizzy world.”
“The stories are all true. They happened over the last few decades. The songs were written in the last five years. They’re true, too, in a much more oblique way,” explains Kristin Hersh. “But it’s always felt to me that songs were pushing my life around so they could be born: I live the stories and then the song lives. Very much like children. A baby isn’t born because you got pregnant, you got pregnant because a baby was going to be born.”
Kristin plays all instruments on this 24-track opus, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, horns, cello and even field recordings. Recorded in Rhode Island with engineer Steve Rizzo, the songs were written in the last 5 years over a turbulent period in her life, the prose was inspired by her son Wyatt, who is on the autism spectrum. His fascination with an abandoned apartment building behind the studio inhabited by coyotes inspired this record’s title.
ABOUT WYATT AT THE COYOTE PALACE
FOR LOVERS OF: Throwing Muses, 50FOOTWAVE, Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, The Pixies
LEAD TRACKS: Bright, Bubble Net, In Stitches, Green Screen, Hemingway’s Tell, Guadelupe, Some Dumb Runaway, Sun Blown, Elysian Fields, Soma Gone Slapstick
FCC WARNING: Secret Codes, Green Screen, Detox, Sun Blown, Between Piety and Desire
Full album stream https://kristinhersh.bandcamp.com/album/wyatt-at-the-coyote-palace-2
‘Soma Gone Slapsick’ video