VIOLENT MAE was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership. Their full-length debut record was released at the end of 2013. Becky, a songwriter, singer and guitarist, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. A friend invited her to live and work on an organic farm in Connecticut. She soon met Floyd, a multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer. The two began recording at Casa de Warrenton Studio in Hartford, expanding Becky’s songs with Floyd’s arrangements and parts.
They ultimately formed VIOLENT MAE after making a record, playing all the instruments on it and being invited to perform one of their first live sets as the opening act for Nels Cline and Julian Lage. Paste listed VIOLENT MAE as one of 10 Connecticut bands you should listen to now and editors at The Deli Magazine named the duo one of New England’s Top Ten Emerging Artists. The band tours nationally, playing alongside acts such as Courtney Barnett, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Marissa Nadler.
VIOLENT MAE reissued their self-titled debut record with The Telegraph Recording Company out of New London, Connecticut, along with a full national college radio campaign through Never Better. They peaked at #88 for two weeks on the CMJ charts and maintained a spot in the top 200 for the duration of their six week campaign. Two music videos for the songs “Long Hard Wait” and “Right Here” accompanied that campaign. They recently finished recording their second full length, ‘Kid’, due out this November on Telegraph.
Becky Kessler: vocals & guitars
Floyd Kellogg: drums & other instruments