K. Flay (Kristine Flaherty) served up her new album “Life As a Dog” yesterday as a self-release using PledgeMusic to crowdfund it. She had previously been signed with RCA, but refused to sell out and wanted to keep her music untamed. Her new EP is available to the general public on Amazon, iTunes or on her website for purchase. You can also preview songs on SoundCloud. Warning to those unfamiliar with her music, every song is explicit.
You can catch her at Vans Warped Tour, which has a stop in Mansfield, MA on Jul. 10, 2014 at the Xfinity Center. You can purchase tickets at the LiveNation website. She will playing along with punk acts like Less Than Jake, Saves The Day and Yellowcard.
Why would an alternative hip hop artist fit right in at that type of festival? This was a quote from her stage presence at the Nines Festival:
K. Flay's turn on stage was more like a rave party, set to hard hitting rap beats fused with rock sensibility. Her smooth voice coupled with edgy rhythms was the perfect contrast for a complex perspective. It was an odd combination of head banging in punk rock attire to rap lyrics, but she made it work.”
An extra treat is that she also released a music video for “Thicker Than Dust” today. You get a glimpse of her with some friends meandering around an urban area, which ends in a playful fight with a powdery substance, not unlike dust.
K. Flay's music is intelligent, yet raw. It's uniquely genre-defying and social commentary on the experiences of the modern twenty-something generation. She gives us 44 minutes amongst 11 tracks of honesty and sarcasm, cynicism and hope. Her lyrics are a fluid poetry, however explicit.