Kitten Robot Records is honored to add Kira to their roster and present her self-titled debut solo LP. Kira describes her songs as dark minimalism. As she points out, “these days most of my music is created alone in my room and then fleshed out with tasty additions from close friends I request virtual musical bits from. Then, to Kitten Robot Studio where my loving brother and co-producer Paul Roessler helps me polish each song. The goal is simple – express my inner essence and hope that others might feel a bit of their own by listening.”
In an interview with fellow L.A.-based musical pioneer Alice Bag, Alice pointed out “In her lengthy career, she’s played with several bands, including Waxx, the Visitors, Geza X and the Mommymen, the Monsters, Sexsick, Twisted Roots, Black Flag and dos. It always amazes me when I hear or read someone describe Kira as ‘one of the best female bassists.’ She is one of the best – period.”
True enough. The guys in Black Flag had heard Kira play in bands around town for years, so when it came time to locate a bass player to move the band’s sound forward, they reached out to Kira who was playing in DC3 at the time. The band wanted her badly enough to adjust their infamously rigorous touring schedule to accommodate her equally grueling schedule as Economics/Computer Science major at UCLA. During her time completing that degree at UCLA, she worked on seven Black Flag albums (five studio and two live) and participated in all of the touring during that period. Said frontman Henry Rollins, “She was a mere slip of a woman, but physical size really didn’t matter. She was in one of the most ferocious bands at the peak of violence in that scene in the ’80s. She was as tough as any of us and could stand up to anything.”
Following her tenure with Black Flag and UCLA, she formed dos with Mike Watt, and over the years the duo has made five albums. “Playing with Mike Watt in dos shaped my bass playing sensibility as much as anything I have done,” says Kira.
As noted earlier, punk rock is but a part of the story. Kira has gone on to have much success as a dialog editor in the film industry, receiving two Emmys and contributing to two movies that won the attention of the Motion Picture Academy. “I have been part of the sound teams for many projects I am proud of: Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker, A Star is Born (2018), and Game of Thrones Season 2 to name a few.”
Kira represents the first time Kira has presented herself first and foremost. Always noted as an indispensable team player, on this release she is the focus: writing, singing, and letting the songs rest largely on the angular bass style that is oddly familiar when set apart from the groups she’s been associated with over the years.