Kristeen Young is back with her new song “NICE.”
NICE is from Young’s upcoming album “Live at the Witch’s Tit,” which is due to be out later on this year and features a flurry of musicians including Megan X Thomas (Ghost) on bass, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John LaMacchia (Candiria), and Sarah Register (Talk Normal) on guitar.
Young encountered songwriting during her formative years, and she used it to “escape from nightmarish foster and adoptive upbringings.” Her influences range from Prince to Maria Callas and The Beat Movement.
She is not a stranger to musical success; the operatic-punk piano artist has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and David Letterman. She’s even gotten praised by renowned publications like NYLON, Billboard, and Noisey.
A native of St. Louis, Kristeen Young crossed paths with drummer Jefferson Wayne White when they were children and has been collaborating with him ever since. After moving to New York City in 2002, Young released her first project, Breasticles. She followed her debut with X (pronounced “Ten”) in 2004, and The Orphans in 2006, the latter of which caught the attention of Morrissey and scored Young an opening spot for him for 2 years.
Young dropped V the Volcanic in 2011, and she was contacted by Dave Grohl in 2013 after he had heard one of her songs on a mixtape. The subsequent interactions between the two included Young playing drums and guitar on The Knife Shift (2014) before jumping to production on Live at the Witch’s Tit. According to him, Young “drove [him] to play harder, and kept [him] focused, even in moments of chaotic noise.”
The songstress recently completed weekly residencies in Los Angeles, London, and New York City, and is preparing for another L.A. residency once her forthcoming project is released. These shows will be followed by a string of performances over the summer.
Until then, make sure to blast NICE as often as possible!