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Kera and the Lesbians

Catching up with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko for Minivan Photography.

Keeping up with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko for Minivan Photography.

Catching up with Kera and the Lesbians, we have the pleasure & privilege to present the brand new single “I’m Late” featuring The Wild Reeds where the group makes you feel as if you set out on a raft float from southern California that takes you to all kinds of newfound places. Working lately with producer Jon Joseph Polluck on a variety of new singles for a short film & most likely a new release in the cards; Kera Armendariz expounds upon her sound that provides a tropical feel as if heard on an AM radio cast from distant, faraway island that exists in international waters from straits unknown.

“I’m Late” with an assist from The Wild Reeds delivers the freshest sound yet from KTL. Kera & company present an eternal sound that could have arrived in the golden era of the 1950s or emerging in a discovered time capsule from another epoch that offers up a romantic sense that feels like its from another time from either the past or future. A cluster of percussion punctuates the song’s rhythm considerations with chords that that burrow their way like earworms into your mind’s archives where “I’m Late” makes for a tardy, yet welcomed audio gem that feels like a song you have known for your entire life. This latest single showcases Kera and the Lesbians as possessing special creative powers, not unlike the prolific output from Shannon & the Clams, where the ability to make music that completely transcends time, chronology, trends & fads makes for their infinitely appealing single yet. Following the first listen to “I’m Late”, read our latest conversation with Kera Armendariz after the jump.

What’s the latest & greatest haps with KTL these days since we last talked?

So much! We released our record last year, started working with an amazing producer Jon Joseph Polluck, whom I had met on the BØRNS tour I did at the end of 2015, and began recording new singles for the short film Michael and I will be producing/directing. I’ve been very excited about this new process because it allows me to take my time with my creativity, which is most important overall!

Interesting happenings in Los Angeles right now?

Absolutely! On top of all the protests, we just had the women’s march in Downtown on January 21! It’s inspiring to see more community coming together during these dark times. All the people/bands involved in throwing benefit shows right now is pushing me to do the exact same.

Kicking it in the graveyard with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko (Minivan Photography).

Kicking it in the graveyard with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko (Minivan Photography).

Describe the tardy sentiments that informed “I’m Late” & the haunted evocative evolutions of the KTL sound.

We’re all just evolving.

This song came almost effortlessly. I remember writing it as she was swimming in the pool, watching her and realizing how lucky I was at that moment. Lucky to know someone who believed, challenged and brought out the best in me in the nine years of knowing her. I realized long ago that not all relationships last. Coming and going in waves, that all you can really do is appreciate the time spent in one another’s lives. It will always be heartbreaking no matter how much time passes losing someone you deeply care about. I wrote it for you, for me, for us.

Any anecdotes from your cemetery shoot with David Evanko?

I think in absolutes always. Maybe the fact I was raised religious doesn’t help. Death could be too late to really tell someone how much they mean to you, and how much you love them.

Kicking it with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko (Minivan Photography).

Kicking it with Kera and the Lesbians; photographed by David Evanko (Minivan Photography).

What’s next for KTL?

We’re really excited for this short film, and hoping to do some more touring! I have nothing to lose anymore, and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to be. Especially now more than ever I would give my life to just be a positive influence and force through my art.

2017 goals & hopes?

To tour non-stop and that Trump is impeached.

Catch Kera and the Lesbians via the following tour dates, with a February 11 benefit show in San Francisco at The Chapel called Let it Bleed as a charity for Compass Family Services.

February
11 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ^
12 Portland, OR – Rontoms
13 Arcata, CA – The Greenhouse
14 Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite #
17 Davenport, CA – Gas, Seed, and Feed Festival

^ = Dead Sara
# = Reggie Watts

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