If you’re a fan of Cat Power, St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley, or the Broken Social Scene songs with Leslie Feist singing, there’s a good chance that you’ll like this.
Violent Mae is a fuzzy indie rock duo from the tiny town of Roxbury, Connecticut. A few years ago, Becky Kessler (vocals, guitar) left her home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and headed up to Connecticut. Eventually, she met multi-instrumentalist/producer Floyd Kellogg, and she asked him to help her record a solo record. Once they got in the studio, they decided to collaborate, and they became Violent Mae. They released their self-titled debut in 2013 and had a bit of success on college radio. That record was reissued in February of this year by the Connecticut-based Telegraph Recording Company.
It’s worth noting that Kessler went to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It’s also worth noting, as a point of useless trivia, that Berklee has the same motto as the state of North Carolina: Esse quam videri, or “To be, rather than to seem”.
That first record and its reissue both flew under my radar. Thanks to an email submission, I’m way out in front of the band’s sophomore album Kid, which will be released on November 20. I got an advance promo, and I’m really excited about this record and this band. Today’s song is the first song from the sophomore record.
“In The Sun” by Violent Mae
A lot of Violent Mae songs, particularly the ones on the first record, have a really strong Cat Power vibe. On the new record, the last song “Birthday” sounds like it’s heavily influenced by Jeff Buckley. There’s also a song called “Neon Halos (intro)” that sounds like something Jeff Buckley might have done on stage as he segued from “Lilac Wine” to “Hallelujah”. The next song, “Neon Halos” is the one that really reminds me of St. Vincent. This one, though, reminds me of Broken Social Scene. Something like “7/4 (Shoreline)”. And maybe a dash of early PJ Harvey.
The album release is still nearly two months away, and there isn’t any ordering info yet. Look out for these kids, though. They might be on their way to something big with this record.