Violent Mae has just released their sophomore release Kid. The eleven songs that comprise the new release were written by Becky Kessler and developed with Floyd Kellogg over the last few years of playing together live. Kid is an intense collection of surging rhythmic rock balanced with a brooding emotional core that entrances with an intensity and complexity unexpected from this often deceptive two piece.
The record was produced and engineered by Kellogg at Casa de Warrenton and Tamarack Farm with additional tracking and production from Mike Straus and was mixed by Carl Nappa with Kellogg. Mark Donahue at Sound Mirror did the mastering.
The record is currently charting on the CMJ Top 200 college charts on the strength on early singles “In The Sun” and “In My Ring”. The former has a surreal short film/video directed by Ian Cinco that you can check out here. The venerable music blog Consequence of Sound just debuted second single “In My Ring” calling at a “beastly new track…a hefty song, showcasing the brute, dance-inducing force of the duo”.
Violent Mae Kid Track Listing:
1. In The Sun
2. In My Ring
3. Rob Me Blind
5. IOU 1
6. Murdered Bird
10. Neon Halos
Here’s some more of what folks are saying:
“This is a rock track that’s got it all. Post-punk atmosphere; grunge attitude; wailing guitars. And it’s all centered around the mesmerizing voice of lead vocalist BeckyKessler. If you need something a little dissonant and full-bore rock to get your week started, Violent Mae have you taken care of.” – BaebleMusic
“A boisterous report of sonic power, the post-rock love song carries the heat of the day into the emotions of the night via Kessler’s vocals and guitar and Kellogg’s drums and bass.” – Bucketful of Nails
“Kessler’s pulsing bass guitar sounds thunderous over Kellogg’s sparse and looming drum parts. Her voice pierces over the gloom like a saber cutting through the fog. The weight of the track feels always on the brink of total blackhole collapse, but the band pulls through and tames the unrelenting energy. It’s a hefty song, showcasing the brute, dance-inducing force of the duo.” – Consequence of Sound
“A single, chiming major-seventh chord turns into a blistering drone on “Rob Me Blind,” before Kessler shows off the dark beauty of her voice.” – Hartford Courant/CTNow
““In the Sun” is not only a near perfect song, but perfectly illustrates the synergy betweenBecky and Floyd where colloquial items and quips from inner monologues and conversations are delivered by Kessler at a tempo kept by Kellogg’s dedicated persistent attention to evocative rhythms.” – Impose Magazine
“The song is dizzying in its dissonance but manages to perfectly convey a catchy melody beneath its brusque musical surface.” – Nooga
“There are no gaps in their sound, hitting the audience with a wall of music—music that is complex and interesting with arrangements that take full advantage of Becky’s remarkable vocal range.” – North Beach Sun
“This could be the year that Violent Mae breaks through with their terrific songwriting and a sound that touches on Daughter, She Keeps Bees, and Sharon Van Etten. We obviously cannot wait for when Kid drops” – The Revue
“If these first tracks are representative of Kid, then VIOLENT MAE will be one of this year’s surprises.” – The Revue
“Lead by sultry voiced Becky Kessler, the duo create a driving, fuzzed-out rock song that still packs the emotional punch fan’s have come to expect from Violent Mae.” – Surviving The Golden Age
“If you’re a fan of Cat Power, St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley, or the Broken Social Scene songs with Leslie Feist singing, there’s a good chance that you’ll like this.” – This is That Song