A new single release from Kristin Flammio & The Pretty Bitchin brings out an edgy and fun Americana rock single that's packed with enough character for you to hold on to and boasts as much fun as it does heart with a powerful vocal performance and a massive sonic tonality that lets the song really come through with a driving force.
"Not This Time" is packed with persona and that's a big part of what you end up getting attached to so quickly as the track is delivered with a graceful sort of passion vocally, everything comes together with a slight looseness that lets the song really feel alive and breathing.
This is a rock single, and it bears the bones of classic rock, Americana, and a lot more all rolled up into one which gives it a certain kind of atmosphere that becomes quickly infectious.
What I really love about this track is the energy level because it feels like maybe the track was recorded live on the floor at a certain point since it seems like the players are just feeding off of each other the entire time.
Even if I'm wrong about that, that energy is certainly there, and it does make you want to see them live in your face because the energy is like that on the recording and seeing them live must just be amazing.
It's great to hear a track that has a hard rock edge, a southern twang at times, and a mixture of that character and that heart.
You can clearly tell this is done by not just one but a group of people who have a real love for their craft because that is just oozing out of every no played.
The only thing better than the song itself is the accompanying music video because that does an amazing job of showing yet another side of Kristin and the band.
That side is humor and the video showcases not only their sense of humor but their presence as a band themselves and their personal way of falling into different characters for the visual performance.
The video just helps the band push that envelope and after watching it you kind of feel like you know them a little bit better, and they'd probably be pretty fun to hang out with honestly.
This is the kind of band you want to get backstage with for a little bit and have a chat, maybe a couple of beers.
Everything about this song was a really genuine and authentic good time that was written from an emotional platform that comes from something real so that combination of being able to take a topic that means something to somebody and make it fun is amazing.
With the release of such a well-woven single, we wanted to have a sit down with Kristin to find out where this track actually came from and what might be coming up next for the whole project.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you and the band?
I've been singing my heart out since I was a kid. I learned some basic chords and started writing my own songs, performing those mingled with cover versions of songs I could play. This band began when some friends of mine backed me up for a show and then it just clicked. We had a blast; it was such a good fit for my songwriting, and they are so talented I totally lucked out :)
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Vulnerability/Strength. Seeking a feeling from a melody. I don't sit down with the intention to write what comes out, often it finds its way to me through rhythm and what sparks emotion in me as I'm singing.
Buzz Slayers: This release has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Singers like Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar are huge influences on me vocally. Strong and powerful voices that actually have something to sing about.
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I love photography and film, enjoy spending time in nature and seeking new places, new experiences, new adventures.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Depends on the day but there's always Yo La Tengo. Chris Isaak's "San Francisco Days" record and The Breeder's "New Year" are following me around constantly and last but not least WuTangClan. Forever.
Buzz Slayers: Are you all doing any live performances right now?
Absolutely. We perform in NYC often, our single release show is at The Sultan Room in Brooklyn on 11/15. We're planning some things out of town for 2024 that I am really excited for.
Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio or do you have a home studio set-up?
This track was recorded at Metropolitan Sound by our friend John Epperly. We really enjoy being able to live track together and be in the same room feeling the song at the same time.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
We decided to release our next few recordings as singles, so they stand alone in the genre and vibe that we wanted them to be. Very excited for more music videos and visuals to represent our vision also.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you for supporting independent artists! It means a lot to us because we seriously enjoy making music with each other. We love our crew, it's always one big happy party when we get together and they show up and sing along.