The Julie Ruin stream new single “I’m Done”

The Julie Ruin stream new single "I'm Done," off their forthcoming release 'Hit Reset,'

This morning, The Julie Ruin premiered their new video “I’m Done,” the second mp3 single from Their forthcoming release Hit Reset, available July 8th, via Hardly Art Records. The band also announced upcoming North American and international tour dates today. See below for a full list of dates.

Kathleen Hanna recruited band members, without any of them realizing exactly what was happening. It all began in late 2009. Kathleen had not released an album since Le Tigre’s This Island (2004), and she was ready to jump back into music again. She knew her onetime Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox was going to be moving to New York in the near future, so she didn’t even bother with finding a bass player at first. Carmine Covelli, who had toured with Le Tigre as their video guru, was having a blast at Kathleen’s birthday party when she abruptly asked him to be the drummer. A longtime admirer of Kathleen’s work, Carmine couldn’t say no to her at her own party, so of course he joined the band. Sara Landeau and Kathleen both taught at Girls Rock Camp and Kathleen lured her into the band by trading Pro Tools lessons for guitar lessons. Sara’s surf-informed style gelled perfectly with Kathleen’s sonic vision for her new band. Kathleen approached Kenny Mellman last with the idea that they should write country songs together to sell to other artists. Within a week of their first meeting, Kathleen’s mysterious “manager” (whom Kenny maintains does not exist) told her that they would never break into the Nashville songwriting scene, so Kenny might as well join her new band on keyboards.

The band, first got together on January 13th, 2010, in a practice room in Manhattan and learned to play songs from Kathleen’s other projects: Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and the first solo Julie Ruin record from 1997. This new iteration of The Julie Ruin practiced when they could until Kathi finally moved to New York, at which point they began to write the songs that eventually became their first album, 2013’s self-released Run Fast. Some songs would germinate from loops band members had made at home, which the group would then expand into fleshed-out compositions. Other songs were born from just playing around in the studio. Before long, they were using words like “pre-chorus” and “outro.” Since Kathleen mostly sang nonsense words at practice–and it was hard to hear over the loud instruments in the space anyway–it was always exciting, if not scary, for the band to finally get the lyric sheet. Who knew that peppy song was about euthanasia? “Wait, this one is also about euthanasia?”

In late 2014 they began work on their second album, Hit Reset, due out July 8th on Hardly Art records. Mixed by Eli Crews (with whom the band worked on Run Fast), Hit Reset expands on the band’s established sound: dancier in spots and moodier in others, with girl group backing vocals and even a touching ballad closer.

The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset

01. Hit Reset
02. I Decide [mp3] [vid]
03. Be Nice
04. Rather Not
05. Planet You
06. Let Me Go
07. Mr. So and So
08. Record Breaker
09. Hello Trust No One
10. I’m Done [mp3]
11. Roses More Than Water
12. Time Is Up
13. Calverton

Tour dates:

07.14.16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
07.15.16 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
07.16.16 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
07.18.16 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
07.19.16 – Montreal, QC – Theater Fairmount
07.21.16 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07.23.16 – New York, NY – Panorama Music, Art, & Technology Festival
08.10.16 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
08.12.16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
08.13.16 – Atlanta, GA – Wrecking Ball
08.14.16 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
08.16.16 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
08.17.16 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater
08.19.16 – Washington. DC – Black Cat
08.20.16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10.07.16 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
10.08.16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market
10.09.16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10.11.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10.14.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theater
11.27.16 – Berlin, DE – Columbia Theater
11.28.16 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso (Small Hall)
11.30.16 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Rotonde
12.01.16 – Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
12.02.16 – London, UK – KOKO
12.04.16 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
12.05.16 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
12.06.16 – Glasgow, UK – CCA