KATIE VON SCHLEICHER

NEW TRACK “MIDSUMMER” 

SHITTY HITS IS RELEASED NEXT FRIDAY JULY 28TH 2017 VIA FULL TIME HOBBY IN THE UK & EUROPE (BA DA BING RECORDS IN THE US)

In anticipation of the release of her debut full-length album, Katie Von Schleicher has shared her latest single, “Midsummer,” via NPR Music’s “Songs We Love” (read here)Shitty Hits will be out next Friday July 28th, via Full Time Hobby. As told to NPR, Von Schleicher explains "Midsummer is about recognizing how toxic you might be for another person, beginning to empathize with what effect your behaviour has on them. It's contrite, but the perspective is persistently selfish, self-indulgent, too. In contrast, I had a really happy time arranging and recording this song; it’s engrossing to sing, jubilant and elemental." 

 
Katie Von Schleicher’s previous release Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg suggested that she record a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an “album,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention for Bleaksploitation to see it released on vinyl in the spring of 2016.
 
Now on her full-length official debut release, Von Schleicher strikes again with the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s - songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to.

Katie Von Schleicher

SHARES HER NEW SINGLE, "LIFE'S A LIE"

TAKEN FROM HER DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, SHITTY HITS, OUT JULY 28TH 2017 VIA FULL TIME HOBBY

Fresh off the back of a UK and European tour with Aldous Harding which included a mesmerising show at London's Omeara, today Katie Von Schleicher shares her new single, "Life's A Lie", taken from her upcoming debut album Shitty Hits (out on July 28th 2017 via Full Time Hobby Records in the UK/Europe and Ba Da Bing in the US).The track was described by DIY as "an incredibly confident slice of lo-fi vintage pop" (read HERE). Katie said the following about the song and video:

""Life's a Lie" is about imposter syndrome. I felt really good writing the music, it's a bit inspired by Todd Rundgren or Emitt Rhodes' cheerful pop tunes. On the surface, it's just that. The narrative is from that unrestrained inner voice, the self-critic, which has the power to isolate you from the good stuff. In practice, this all happens on a subconscious level, that's why I thought it apt to be paired with the most joyful sounding track on the record. 
Matt Strickland (with whom I've done all my videos) is a comedian as well as a filmmaker, and together we appreciate humour and depression. In keeping with the song, everything on the surface is just fine, nothing is amiss, unless you're watching the lyrics float by."

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Shitty Hits, Von Schleicher's self-produced and co-engineered debut, was created on a tape machine at her childhood home in Maryland. The album confronts feelings of isolation and powerlessness - it doesn’t tackle grandiosity, but mediocrity; the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.
 
Katie Von Schleicher’s previous release Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg suggested that she record a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an “album,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention for Bleaksploitation to see it released on vinyl in the Spring of 2016.
 
Now on her full-length official debut release, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s - songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence and growth. It ends in unflinching self-realisation, as Von Schleicher sings “Where is everything I hold to be true? / When you feel like you’re a door they’re knocking on / Or worse, that no one passes through / Do I hold my life? / No one’s gonna sell it back / Over my head.” Words form the questions, answers are given in sound.
 

Katie Von Schleicher

Announces her debut full-length album

ANNOUNCES DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, SHITTY HITS, OUT JULY 28TH 2017 VIA FULL TIME HOBBY 

TOURS THE UK & EUROPE WITH ALDOUS HARDING IN MAY WITH A LONDON SHOW AT OMEARA ON 22ND MAY 2017

 

Katie Von Schleicher announces her debut full-length album, Shitty Hits, for release on July 28th 2017 via Full Time Hobby Records in the UK and Europe and Ba Da Bing Records in the US. Today she also shares a video for the lead single, “Paranoia,” which was directed by Matt Strickland and described by The Fader as "a pretty country-pop hybrid". Watch and share it HERE.

Katie said the following about the track:

"'Paranoia' is the first song I wrote for Shitty Hits. It’s an attempt to crystallize a feeling which would later be embodied in different forms throughout the album. Deciding to self-produce — to make this maximal and woozy sound I was dying to hear — has been as humbling as it is ecstatic. The isolation of that process isn’t unlike the isolation of anxiety or depression, or the struggle for perspective. I’m human, I get sad, I feel powerless. But learning to love the thing that can’t love you back... it’s at least worth a try.” 


Katie Von Schleicher’s previous release Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg offered that she make a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an “album,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention for Bleaksploitation to see it released on vinyl in the Spring of 2016.
 
On her self-produced and co-engineered full-length debut, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to.
 
From start to finish, Shitty Hits confronts feelings of isolation and powerlessness. Opener ‘The Image’ (named for Daniel Boorstein’s The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America) finds Von Schleicher at rock bottom, struggling for perspective: “The image runs and runs together / I’m glancing at it on a screen / I can’t tell you how I feel / It runs and runs together / I’m standing beneath it.” Overheated vocals, distorted drums and unwieldy guitars push back, unrelenting. Von Schleicher fights to get out of her head the way Springsteen tries beating it out of town. Shitty Hits doesn’t tackle grandiosity, but mediocrity; the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.
 
Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartney's McCartney or Jeff Buckley’s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, Shitty Hits was created on a tape machine at Von Schleicher's childhood home in Maryland. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence and growth. It ends in unflinching self-realisation, as Von Schleicher sings “Where is everything I hold to be true? / When you feel like you’re a door they’re knocking on / Or worse, that no one passes through / Do I hold my life? / No one’s gonna sell it back / Over my head.” Words form the questions, answers are given in sound.
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