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Kristeen Young makes “NICE,”

NYC-based, eclectic, operatic-punk piano artist, Kristeen Young, releases the track/video, “NICE,” from her upcoming album, Live at the Witch’s Tit, due out later this year. Young’s last album featured Dave Grohl on drums, and  ​she has toured with Morrissey, appeared on the ​Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and ​David Letterman​, ​and has received high praise from tastemakers like ​NYLON, Billboard and​ Noisey, ​among others.

“The easiest way to describe Young’s music is “Kate Bush on crack,” but there’s more to it than that. She uses piano, synths, a punk-rock rhythm section and her melodramatic vocals to conjure moods ranging from frantic… to defiant…to tender…often turning on a dime several times in a single song. “ (LA WEEKLYThe new album features a diverse line-up of guest players on various tracks, including Megan X Thomas (Ghost) on bass, and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John LaMacchia (Candiria) and Sarah Register (Talk Normal) on guitar, and was co-produced by Young and Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex).

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Kristeen Young discovered songwriting at an early age, using it to escape from nightmarish foster and adoptive upbringings. Musically and lyrically, Young is as wide-ranging as they come, referencing influences from Prince to Monk to Maria Callas to Bartok to The Beat Movement writers. SPIN s​tates, “[Young] ​channels the otherworldly, art-rock dramatics of Kate Bush, along with the ferocity of Sleater-Kinney”

Hailing from St. Louis, Young met drummer, Jefferson Wayne White, as kids and have been collaborating ever since. As most musicians do, Young explored a variety of projects and incarnations, growing her sound over the years into ​“sharp, confrontational art-rock.” (​New York Times​) ​She moved to NYC in 2002 after meeting Tony Visconti and David Bowie and singing on his album, Heathen, ​then releasing her own album, ​Breasticles (which includes the Young-penned Bowie duet, Saviour). ​Young followed with projects: ​X (pronounced “ten”), which features a duet with Brian Molko (Placebo) in 2004, and ​The Orphans (2006)​, which caught the attention of Morrissey and garnered Young an opening slot for him for 2 years and as a featured vocalist with him on Letterman in 2007.

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Throughout the following years, Young toured on and off as a solo artist with Morrissey and duetted with Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) on ​Music For Strippers, Hookers, and ​the Odd On-Looker ​(2009), and released ​V the Volcanic (2011). In 2013, Dave Grohl contacted her after hearing a song of hers on a mixtape, then subsequently played drums and guitar on ​The Knife Shift (2014). White returned to play drums on following tour dates, and that summer, Young appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ​with Grohl, Pat Smear on guitar and Thomas on bass. In early 2016, ​Live at the Witch’s Tit ​went into production along with videos for 5 tracks. Sylvia Black stepped in for Thomas on bass in early 2017, and the band now anticipates its next ​“​groundbreaking, envelope-pushing” (​BlackBook​)​ album.

Kristeen Young just completed a weekly residencies in Los Angeles, London and NYC and is gearing up for a residency in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe in Live at the Witch’s Tit. May, followed by shows throughout the summer. ​The Dallas Observer ​calls Young, “a thrill… like a collision of Prince and Bauhaus… [Young is] one to watch in the coming months”​Stay tuned for more shows and new material from this “striking and intense” (​Billboard​) performer, all leading up to the much anticipated release of Live at the Witch’s Tit.

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