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From BLACK FLAG To Solo Music – KIRA Opens Up

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Probably better known as the bass player for punk heavyweights Black Flag between 1984 and 1986, or as half of the bass playing duo in dos with Mike Watt, U.S bass player Kira is now branching out into a solo career, with her debut self-titled album due for release on October 19.

On her release, Kira “takes full control and turns down the volume, finding balance in the expanse of dark minimalism.”
To find out exactly what is meant by that, and to hear more about her journey, HEAVY tracked Kira down last week for an informative chat about her past, present, and future.

“Musically it is… actually a set of songs that tells a story and I think some people might be surprised,” she began. “If they know anything about my background, they might have been expecting something a little more raucous. It is sort of moody and quite spacious and very personal; very much trying to connect to my emotions and express my emotions and maybe in that way help connect to others who may feel something when they listen.”

In the full interview, Kira talks more about her debut solo offering, including its musical direction and reasons for what some may see as a change in direction, her punk ethos and how it fits despite the nature of her music, playing with Black Flag in a male dominated industry, her working relationship with Mike Watt and how it has shaped her career, future plans and more.

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