Last December, when I wrote about Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg’s new project, they weren’t even sure it was going to be a band.
Kessler, an organic farmer and North Carolina transplant, had already distinguished herself as one of Connecticut’s best singer-songwriters. She was working with Kellogg, who produces records and also fronts You Scream I Scream, on what was going to be her debut album.
“The cool thing about Becky’s stuff is that there’s tons of songs that have these odd time signatures, but I never feel like I’m playing math-rock,” Kellogg told me at the time. “It doesn’t feel like I’m walking down the street sideways.”
Since then, as VIOLENT MAE (all caps preferred), Kessler and Kellogg have been gigging around New England and gaining new fans. They won a Connecticut Music Award for Best New Band in September. On Nov. 19, their self-titled debut hits Soundcloud, bandcamp, iTunes and Connecticut brick-and-mortar shops like Wallingford’s Redscroll Records and Telegraph Records in New London. They’ve covered some ground.
“Right Here,” a song you can listen to by clicking the link above, is the band’s third single. “Stuff that Floyd does with You Scream I Scream, I actually felt like I was really inspired by that when I was writing that song,” Kessler said back in December. “Lyrically and manipulating the words, totally. ‘Buh-buh-buh…’ At first it was weird, me singing that. And then it just became natural.”
Head to Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Dec. 6 for the VIOLENT MAE album launch party, which will also feature Modern Merchant and third band TBD. Click the YouTube clip below to watch a recent performance on CT.com’s Live and Local.