KATIEE (Photo by Sabine Rogers)
With a low and smoky voice, Katie Eastburn likes to let her inner cinephile run wild when composing songs with her latest band, KATIEE, a smart electronic quartet from Brooklyn.
In performance backstage at the Black Cat on Thursday night, Katie described their song “Sudden Fear,” for example, as inspired by the 1952 movie of the same title starring Joan Crawford.
KATIEE certainly have a sound appropriate for a modern reflection on such film noir, combining Katie’s sometimes hushed voice with unhurried percussion and ambient synths. Jim McHugh, Jeff Tobias and Jason Robira fill in the atmospheric sounds of assorted synths, saxophone, guitar and drums along with Katie, who plays a synthesizer herself.
Resulting tunes like “Bad and the Beautiful” are crisp and sometimes a little eerie. “Bad and the Beautiful” of course takes its title from another classic movie starring Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas.
The artful video for “Bad and the Beautiful” reflects the feeling of listening to KATIEE’s songs, and it also underscores Katie’s keen experience and continued interest in choreography.
Katie Eastburn (Photo by Sabine Rogers)
Slinky and groovy vocalist Katie Eastburn, formerly of Young People, has launched a new project called KATIEE, which offers up some synthy noir for our listening pleasure.
KATIEE releases their first single on August 7 via Selfish Agenda, and the band performs backstage at the Black Cat on Thursday, July 23, in the run up to that release.
Listen to the upcoming debut single, “Passerby,” by KATIEE on Soundcloud:
Hailing from New York, Katie is joined in the project by her bandmates bassist Jim McHugh, saxophonist Jeff Tobias and drummer Jason Robira. If you’re not familiar yet with their work or that of Young People, you may know Katie as a frequent collaborator and guest vocalist for avant-garde composers Nick Hallett, Jason Cady and Ray Sweeten, and pop artist Nicholas Kyrgovich.
According to notes for Katie’s work, “If there were a lost scene in Blade Runner where a band played in a dive bar while Harrison Ford sweated and bought Sean Young a drink, it would be KATIEE. She would pull him onto the dance floor, and he would be a goner.”
Well, with such a soundtrack for a noir nightclub beckoning, how can we resist?
Tickets are available online and at the door.
w/ HD Sunrise and Time Is Fire
Thursday, July 23