Bootleg Theater Presents
Kirin J Callinan
Fatal Jamz, Spike Fuck
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Kirin J Callinan
After spending the past few years as something of a journeyman, it comes as no surprise that Kirin J Callinan’s second album, Bravado, is a creation with few boundaries. What does come as a surprise, even for those who have come to expect the unexpected from Kirin, is the stylistic direction undertaken on Bravado. With his 2013 debut album Embracism, Kirin emerged as a firebrand guitarist, pushing the instrument’s capabilities to logical extremes. On Bravado, industrial macho menace has been relegated to the side-lines. In its place? Unabashed EDM euphoria. Likeminded contemporaries such as Mac DeMarco, Weyes Blood, Connan Mockasin and Alex Cameron stand alongside iconic Antipodean voices Neil Finn and Jimmy Barnes. It’s an act of parlaying mutual respect into creation. Jimmy Barnes gifted his world-conquering vocal to ‘Big Enough’ after Kirin penned a heartfelt letter requesting the services of the “most iconic scream in rock history”. Barnesy obliged with an above-and-beyond ear-bursting wail (complemented by the tranquil tones of champion whistler Molly Lewis). Late last year, Kirin was hand-picked by Crowded House as special guest for their four night landmark return to the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Kirin has just been announced on the 2017 lineup for Splendour In The Grass, and is also starring in season two of the critically acclaimed & Emmy Award winning Jane Campion drama Top Of The Lake, due for release in 2017.
Fatal Jamz' Marion Belle has long been one of LA’s most whispered about cult stars. Lauded by punk legends Steve Jones, Kim Fowley, Don Bolles and more, he has helped keep the frontman alive with a voice linked to the feral and lush past of rocknroll. Through underground anthems like Rookie and One of the Girls, the euphoric auteur music behind his coverboy image has cast a shadow on his generation, while he has fallen, uncaterizable, through the industry tracks for almost a decade. Until now.
'Fatal Jamz was born out of a desperation to keep pursuing music at a time when almost all seemed lost for me,' Belle says. 'I was working with Autistic kids and had given up my day job. I was eventually living off of everyone around me, and felt pretty much rejected by the path I had chosen.' With a small budget he hooked up with bass savant Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, The Lily's) and recorded Vol.1 at Horne's Lone Palm studio in Echo Park. The album was later released on Portland's infamous Gnar label, but despite critical acclaim the group was unable to tour. In 2014 the music found it's way to Cullen Omori of Smith Westerns who became an overnight devotee and asked the band to open their Western Sky Tour with Sky Ferreira.
'Those shows gave me an addictive taste of what we could do on that level if we got the chance,' says Belle. 'I was playing with John Anderson (of Girls) on guitar and (Fatal Jamz producer) Nic Johns on bass, two of my favorite musicians and best friends, and it felt like now finally there was a lot of attention on the heels of our music, and we had a real opportunity to get a new album out there.' But upon returning from the tour the group ran into a production wall. 'We all just kind of wanted to do it in our own ways and the vision, for me at a least, had gotten a little confused. My girlfriend and I had a trip to Europe planned and that turned out to be a turning point for me. She found this book in the Roughtrade shop in London called Bowie in Berlin that I read on trains while we were traveling, all about the albums he made with Iggy and Eno, that fertile time, and I had the idea to make my own trilogy, but about L.A. and my journey there as a lead singer.’
On February 8th, Lolipop Records released Obsession, a limited edition EP, mixed by New Wave legend Gavin McKillop (Echo & the Bunnymen, Adam Ant, Heaven 17) which sold out overnight. In June, 17 & Hung, an EP produced with reclusive ingenue Evan Collins Conway (Holy Shit) was released on San Francisco label Death Records.
With the upcoming release of Coverboy (9/30), a manifesto recorded in a 'skid row penthouse,' and the first taste of his Lead Singer Trilogy, Belle and cohorts open up the gates on a sunlit inferno where today’s starlets and ravishing poor boys play for glory.
Spike Fuck is inspired primarily by love and obsession, heroin addiction, transness and washed up 60s musicians who make overproduced comeback albums in the 80s. Spike Fuck describes her current sound as “smackwave”: a blend of late 80s new wave and late 70s post-punk, a dash of country music/singer-songwriter sensibilities delivered in Las Vegas Ballroom karaoke vocal style.