Austin-based indie/pop artist Christine Renner has recently released the release of her upcoming new six song EP coming outon Saturday, July 17, on her 22nd birthday, with immaculate production by GRAMMY-nominated producer, Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble recording studios. The fourth album of Renner’s young career and her first release since 2019. Since that time Christine was able to build traction and a solid base in the Austin music scene playing live shows at popular bars and venues like Emos, Barracuda, One-2-One Bar, and Mohawk. She was even acknowledged by GRAMMY-winning frontman Eric Burton of the Black Pumas at Mohawk who once told Christine, “Hey, great set. This is agreat place to get your start.”
Written by Christine Renner, the album was also produced, mixed, and recorded by producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith with mixing assistance from Daniel Sahad (of Nané – band inAustin). Musicologist Einar Pedersen has credits on drums, bass, and some keys and guitar. Lastly, with Christine Renner on vocals, electric guitar, and keys as well. The tracks on the album were recorded in the span of two weeks pre-lockdown at The Bubble Studios. The project was planned to be released in the summer of 2020 but without the chance of performing the timing didn’t feel right. With things slowly coming back in order Christine is ready for the world to listen.
“Unlike my last EPs, this record I wrote while I had a band,” said Christine. “I still write my songs mostly in my bedroom by myself on my acoustic guitar, but this time around I had a full band to take the songs to later and bring out the rock and roll edge. I also was playing a lot of live shows with my band around Austin at that time (2019-2020 until everything stopped) which gave the songs an audience before they entered the studio.”
“Heartbreaker” is a time-traveling experience with an authentic look into being a young teen/adult and the experiences of finding your way through love. The album’s theme and motif of love explore infatuation, emotional irresponsibility, heartbreak, and loneliness. All with a brash, sassy attitude and most importantly electric guitar. And unabashing vulnerability.
Many of these great motifs are great caught in her latest single “Sweet”, which we are pleased to premiere the visual today. The video does a fantastic job capturing the grit nature of the video, in a way that’s yet simple but does a great job translating the grungyness of the song to screen.
Christine comments about the video “I wanted the video to look like it’s 1981 backstage at a Joan Jett concert. The vintage look comes a lot from the fact it was filmed on analog film! The video is a funny metaphorical expression of my mind when I’m in love (or infatuation…). Like love, donuts are sweet, but too much can be bad for you.”