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. The 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). Young’s last album featured Dave Grohl on drums, who raved, “Working with Kristeen was effortless because I think we both shared the same vision, or direction, the same conviction and passion (though her passion is a f*cking monster). She drove me to play harder, and kept me focused, even in moments of beautiful, chaotic noise. Every take I watched her, eyes closed, pounding her piano, screaming into her microphone so loud it overpowered my drums at times. It was an audience of one, but she filled the room like it were a stadium.”
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.
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.