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From Killer Guitar Riffs to Subversive Videos, Indie Pop Duo H. Kink Mix of Montreal's Kitsch and Bow Wow Wow's Intoxicating Beats, Evoking The Eighties on Acid; Anxiety, Betrayal, Insomnia, Cellulite, Loneliness, Sex, Reverence, Drugs, Revenge, S
(Published: July 30, 2019)


For Immediate Release
July 29, 2019

Anxiety, Betrayal, Insomnia, Cellulite, Loneliness, Sex, Reverence, Drugs, Revenge, Séances to Summon Karen Carpenter - Pick Your Pleasure

From Killer Guitar Riffs to Subversive Videos, Indie Pop Duo H. Kink Mix of Montreal's Kitsch and Bow Wow Wow's Intoxicating Beats, Evoking The Eighties on Acid

"‘Wish I Were Here' is so engaging, I can hardly believe it's their debut"

Album is Faintly Art-Rock, with a Theatrical, Funhouse Lean
 

Call it retro-chic, call it modern electronic pop, call it The Eighties on acid - whatever the descriptive terms, you'll come close but won't nail what makes H. Kink a smart and tasty treat. The guitar riffs are invigorating, the kitsch is relentless and witty (akin to of Montreal,) the subversive throwback videos are ‘all-in', the quirky beats evoke Bow Wow Wow at their ‘I Want Candy' zeitgeist, the vocals hint at Gwen Stefani unhinged, or maybe Dale Bozzio on amphetamines.


On their 12-song debut album ‘Wish I Were Here', duo H. Kink (aka Lisa Rieffel and Timm Sharp,) let it fly. From the aggressively rocking first single (above) to the irreverent tripping of ‘No Whammys', from the darkly vengeful spoken-lyrics of ‘Kill All The Rats' to the electrified Country twang of ‘Hit the Road', this is a collection built to defy expectations. Rieffel's vocals range from coy to simmering to explosive, a swirl of sounds that suit the eclectic repertoire and homespun production techniques. The album is set for August 16th release.

Writer Laurie Fanelli, who interviewed Rieffel for an upcoming feature in Eponymous Review, praised the album: "I love the incorporation of playfulness into each song whether it's about frustration, anxiety or betrayal," "'Wish I Were Here' is so engaging, I can hardly believe it's their debut." "I truly loved the album."

And the videos, well, let's just say they're not PG-13 - the award-winning clip for ‘It's Yours' caused a stir -- a drugged-out mash-up of circa 1985 Magic Garden and The Muppet Show, which StereoGum described as a "debauched puppet farce", adding of H. Kink's commitment to push it to the edge and beyond, "Sometimes...someone goes all the way with it, and you can't help but respect it." Watch the clip here:
https://www.youtube.com/w...

Coming soon, the music video for ‘I'm Nice Like That'. Until then, this preview teaser is a real tease...a wink at 80s' late-night cable TV erotic ads. If you know who Robin Byrd is, you know she'd dig this:
https://www.instagram.com...
Of the focus track, Rieffel says, "This is a song about having to lower your standards in order to actually raise them. In an Instagram world, everyone is selling something. Everyone is a brand. People are products. Some girls are pretty little dolls with perfect skin and teeth. Some have ambition. Some take pics of their toast. This is my fuck-all-that anthem. I'm a slob, I'm a jerk, I have cellulite and I'm better for all of it."

A new interview with Lisa Rieffel ran in VENTS Magazine: https://ventsmagazine.com...

The project is smart, sassy and cool, and the songs rock like hell. Anxiety, betrayal, loneliness, sex, reverence, drugs. It's all there. Rieffel said the album saved her:  "This project came along at a time when I needed it so badly. I didn't feel that I had any proper creative outlet in some time, and the stillness was slowly chipping away at my mind. I was very unhappy. After dozens of unsuccessful writing sessions with different people - it became clear to me that chemistry is the most precious ingredient. Timm and I just have it. It's a creative love affair, albeit extremely dysfunctional. This album, and more importantly the process of its creation, for me, represent self-care. When you create you flourish. When starved of that, we slowly fade away."

‘Wish I Were Here' credits:
Produced by Kevin Mills in 2019 @ Wendy & Lisa's Treehouse, Hensen Studios; Produced by Luke Tierney in 2019 @ Laurel Ceezy Studio; Produced by H. Kink in 2019; Mixed by Rick Parker
All songs written and performed by H. Kink
Additional instrumentation by Luke Tierney, Dan Grody, and Jolee Dunn

H. Kink Bio:
Indie duo H. Kink (the alter-superego of Lisa Rieffel and Timm Sharp) are two Los Angeleans renouncing 20th century linear songwriting in favor of something a little less definable, a bit sassier and harder to pin down.

Faintly art-rock, with a theatrical, funhouse lean - H. Kink dive similar experimental depths as of Montreal or Cocteau Twins... but with decidedly arousing self-production techniques (acoustic guitar recorded on a Rite-Aid lapel mic) that instantly become fully produced when looped frantically through the Montserrat Neve modules and Urei 1176LN compressors at Wendy & Lisa's fabled bungalow studios wherein the duo recorded and mixed their debut album 'Wish I Were Here', in early 2019.

While sticking mainly to the assortments of dirty bar-bathroom femmepop, the duo occasionally swim into more languid waters, such as love balladry or pseudo-country ... before departing instantly back into its comfort zone which is postpost post-adolescent pop-heat loops, tunnel-visioned ass shakers propelled by psychedelic shrapnel, harmonizing and tripping along until the pills wear off, the sun comes up, or probably both.

Bipolar mood swings, an obsession with 818-Hollywood, lust, and self-loathing/discovery, all jammed into thumping pop-voids take us to the far left of what can be accomplished when locked inside a hot, windowless room outfitted with nothing but a MIDI Controller, an acoustic guitar, and a laptop...      ~ Jay Carlos, Tight.AF

Song notes, by Lisa Rieffel:
Hello
This song is an introduction to H. Kink.
We invite you to escape your doldrums and paint your new reality.

No Whammys
This song is about going out, having a good time & taking random drugs and hoping you don't have a bad trip...on a pilgrimage for the perfect trip.

I'm Nice Like That
This is a song about having to lower your standards in order to actually raise them.
In an Instagram world, everyone is selling something.
Everyone is a brand. People are products.
Some girls are pretty little dolls with perfect skin and teeth.
Some have ambition.
Some take pics of their toast. This is my fuck-all-that anthem.
I'm a slob, I'm a jerk, I have cellulite and I'm better for all of it.

It's Yours
I wrote this when I was very horny.

No Brainer
I have insane anxiety that has lent itself to some pretty sweet insomnia.
I wake up, heart pounding, trying to find a solution for every problem I've ever had. Thinking about everything and nothing. My brain is evil.

Kill All the Rats
I once trusted a friend with a very personal secret and that friend betrayed me.
I immediately recorded this song through angry tears.
It's about flushing toxic people out of your life and taking back your power.

Make Noise
Sometimes you have to destroy so you can rebuild.
Sometimes you destroy old beliefs & attitudes.
I keep the belief that good will prevail.

Goodbye Darlin/ Hit The Road
God I love me some country.
H. Kink was originally supposed to be a country outfit, but we got side tracked. I grew up on a pretty steady diet of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.
I just love and relate to the heartache of it.
This obviously has a decidedly different feel than the rest of the record. But the songs reveal themselves, and this one wanted to sound like this and I'm so happy it did.

All I Can Do Is Try
I wrote this for my husband.
Last summer, we experienced something pretty challenging; It was a lonely, sad and scary time. Constant yearning.
And again for the first time ever, I didn't know if it was gonna be ok.
This song was my prayer. I still can't make it through with out choking up

Otto
It was Halloween & a particularly late night of recording at Henson Studios in Hollywood. Timm and I were giggly and high off what we had recorded early that evening, and decided we most definitely needed to sneak into Studio B and have an impromptu seance to summon Karen Carpenter for musical guidance and inspiration. Out of respect, I still don't like to talk about what happened that night, but safe to say it was absolutely magical. I never had an experience like that and doubt I will again. When the seance was over, we immediately wrote this song.




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