In 1997 legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) released a solo album under the name‚ “Julie Ruin” with the intention of forming a band to perform the songs live. In 2010, with Le Tigre on hiatus, Kathleen began to build her dream team with whom she recorded The Julie Ruin debut album.
Titled Run Fast, the album will be released September 3rd via TJR Records, distributed via Dischord and features Kathi Wilcox on bass (Bikini Kill bandmate), Kenny Mellman on keys (’Kiki and Herb’), Carmine Covelli on drums (actor, filmmaker and musical juggernaut) & Sara Landeau on guitar (met Kathleen mentoring at Rock Camp for Girls.)
The Julie Ruin provides a tight musical backbone to Hanna’s iconic vocal style. Album opener “Oh Come On,” mixed by Hanna, is a raw punk track that immediately bursts the record open followed by the danceable “Ha Ha Ha” hooked on fierce lyrics and flying guitar. Mixed by James Murphy (DFA, LCD Soundsystem), “Just My Kind” is a soulful bass-driven love song of epic proportions, while “Girls Like Us” showcases the group’s tougher edge and whip-smart wit. Download the “Oh Come On” MP3 where it premieres above.
A celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, Kathleen Hanna has collaborated on The Riot Grrrl Collection book alongside Fales senior archivist Lisa Darms, Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre), Molly Neuman (Bratmobile) and more. Soon to be released, The Punk Singer is a documentary film made by Sini Anderson and Tamra Davis that follows Kathleen for a year, during which she discovers that she has Lyme Disease, explaining her temporary absence from music.