Katie Von Schleicherannounces her self-produced and co-engineered debut full-length album,Shitty Hits, dueJuly 28thviaBa Da Bing Recordsin the US andFull Time Hobbyin the UK/EU. Today she also shares theMatt Strickland-directed video for lead single, “Paranoia,” as premiered byThe FADER. Katie Von Schleicher’s previous release,Bleaksploitationwas an accident, years in the making. While interning atBa Da Bing Records, ownerBen Goldbergoffered that she make a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an “album,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention forBleaksploitationto see it released on vinyl in Spring 2016.
On her debut full-length, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound.Shitty Hitschannels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to.
From start to finish,Shitty Hitsconfronts feelings of isolation and powerlessness. Opener ‘The Image’(named for Daniel Boorstein’sThe Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America) finds Von Schleicher at bottom, struggling for perspective: “The image runs and runs together / I’m glancing at it on a screen / I can’t tell you how I feel / It runs and runs together / I’m standing beneath it.” Overheated vocals, distorted drums and unwieldy guitars push back, unrelenting. Von Schleicher fights to get out of her head the way Springsteen tries beating it out of town.Shitty Hitsdoesn’t tackle grandiosity, but mediocrity; the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.
Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartney’sMcCartneyor Jeff Buckley’sSketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk,Shitty Hitswas created on a tape machine at Von Schleicher’s childhood home in Maryland. WhereBleaksploitationcourted a kind of sonic nihilism,Shitty Hitsshows confidence and growth. It ends in unflinching self-realization, as Von Schleicher sings “Where is everything I hold to be true? / When you feel like you’re a door they’re knocking on / Or worse, that no one passes through / Do I hold my life? / No one’s gonna sell it back / Over my head.” Words form the questions, answers are given in sound.
Katie Von Schleicher will be touring the UK and Europe in support ofAldous Hardingthis May (full list of dates below).
Katie Von Schleicher Tour Dates: Sat. May 20 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympic Café* Mon. May 22 – London, UK @ Omeara* Tue. May 23 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla* Wed. May 24 – Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge* Thu. May 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast* Sun. May 28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Schellingwouderkerk* Mon. May 29 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache* Tue. May 30 – Berlin, DE @ Auster Club*
* w/ Aldous Harding
Shitty HitsTracklisting: 01. The Image 02. Midsummer 03. Paranoia 04. Soon 05. Nothing 06. Mary 07. Life’s A Lie 08. Isolator 09. Hold 10. Going Down 11. Sell It Back