“Karter follows in the footsteps of famous rock stars like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, and Van Halen!” – TIME Magazine
“Championing rebellion, fearlessness and not giving a f*ck what anyone thinks.” – Wonderland (UK)
LA by-way-of New Zealand artist Kelsy Karter has just revealed the accompanying video clip for track Goodness Gracious. This comes off the back of releasing her breathtaking debut album ‘Missing Person’ through BMG.
Kelsy talks about the inspiration behind the clip:
“Think about it. You’re a 10 year old impressionable kid sitting at home watching the news with your parents, dreaming of being president some day. By having a man like Donald Trump as president, that his is being taught the wrong values. Sexism, racism, homophobic, nasty and inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable and it’s not right, yet we have a man in power who represents all of these things. I may not have much influence but if I can help promote love and kindness to one kid through speaking up for what I believe in, which is condemning that man and his behaviour, then I believe it’s worth it.”
Working in the UK and in L.A. with producers like Zakk Cervini (Machine Gun Kelly, Poppy) and Chris Greatti (YUNGBLUD, blink-182), Karter set that transformation to a guitar-drenched sound steeped in elements of punk and Britpop and classic glam-rock, giving way to a sonic aesthetic both undeniably timeless and entirely of-the-moment.
‘Missing Person’ arrives as a stunning showcase for her intricate storytelling and uncompromising outlook on life, love, and self-liberation.“‘Missing Person’ is a collection of stories from my life about love, rebellion, heartbreak, individualism and the anxiety of the times we live in,” Karter explains. “It’s a cheeky and dramatic mix of punk and glam rock. When listening to this record, I want my fans to feel like a total badass and completely vulnerable at the same time.”
After cutting her teeth playing in dive bars around L.A. and at iconic New York City nightclub The Bitter End, Karter released songs independently all throughout 2019, toured the UK and the US as direct support for The Struts, and promptly landed a deal with BMG Recordings. With the arrival of the first two singles from ‘Missing Person’ (Devil on My Shoulder and Stick to Your Guns), she further expanded her creative output by taking the helm as director on the brilliantly cinematic videos for both tracks. “I draw so much of my inspiration from film—the art of storytelling and the way people execute it visually has always been so fascinating to me,” she says. “In a way I feel like my music is a balance between the edginess of Quentin Tarantino and the delicateness of Wes Anderson: I’m definitely a tough girl, but I’ve also got a heart of complete mush.”
Debut album ‘Missing Person’ is available worldwide now through BMG
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Photo Credit: Sarah Pardini
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