London singer Kiria’s latex-clad 8 x 10’s make her quirky ‘n‘ kitsch ‘Pink Punk’ an instantly appealing prospect on glossy paper, and on record it starts to sound even sweeter. Marrying the sounds of the same city suburbs that inspired The Buzzcocks’ and Pistols’ attack on the charts to a contemporary, cheeky, strain of distinctly British humour, this fiercely independent artist’s songs boast both huge hooks and attitude in abundance. Alongside punk’s brash canon, Kiria cites further formative influences in Morrissey’s lyrical wit, Ziggy’s fantastical alien imagery and the seductive sensuality of film femme fatales such as Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich.
‘Let Me In’ is the third single to be taken from Kiria’s full-length debut ‘Radio’, - a release which UberRock.co.uk list amongst their ‘Albums of 2010‘, declaring at the time of the release that it will “kick-start a much needed makeover of the 21st century pop-punk scene”. Delivering a huge, hooky, handclap-driven chorus, and showcasing the violin / guitar dynamics which are a distinctive feature of Kiria‘s signature sound, ’Let Me In’ provides one of ‘ Radio’s sunnier and more optimistic moments. Says the singer, “’Let Me In’ was written purely because I wanted to keep the debut record upbeat, after all the difficulties I faced getting it recorded against the odds. It’s a song about enjoying, and being in, the moment. Which is the only damn thing any of us can do anything about”. The single comes out on March 28th, backed with ‘Jelly Baby ’.
Together with her four piece live band, Kiria will be spending the rest of the Spring taking a strikingly theatrical show to a diverse set of stages. First stop-off on February 25th is the Pure Rawk Awards, an annual event which sets out to recognise the cream of London’s grassroots scene. The awards take place at the stunning Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, and see Kiria nominated in the ‘Best Front Person‘ category. Following that, the lady will be shining her rubberwear ready for a unique set on March 4th at London alternative fetish night Club AntiChrist, for which she will be joined by special guest Paul Kaye. Kaye - who some may know better as his comic creations Dennis Pennis and Mike Strutter - is a long-term friend and collaborator of Kiria’s, and duets with her on ‘Radio’ track ‘Live Sex On Stage’ - helping the accompanying music video to clock up more than 375,000 YouTube hits. Finally on April 9th, it‘s up to Nottingham for ‘Bitchslap Fest’ - an all-girl all-dayer presented by the female-focused ‘Bitchslap fanzine‘, and headlined ex-Queenadreena members’ new project The Dogbones.
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