From the moment the down trodden beats and forlorn guitar strains seep into your senses, Violent Mae's "Long Hard Wait" sets a beautifully sad atmosphere and then (through this fog) Becky Kessler's sultry broken vocal performance give you a cold chill. Her tone is closed eyed intimacy and lost chances but when Floyd Kellogg's drum beat starts you feel a single ember of hope start to glow. From there the song's progression glides into surprising places, pretty sparkles of guitar work that feel all id and dreamy, emotionally and musically spontaneous. Set against the slow motion dark comedic surrealism of Vincent Gallo's 1998 indie film Buffalo 66, the song twists even darker.
"Long Hard Wait" is from Violent Mae's self titled debut album that is being reissued by The Telegraph Recording Company. The duo based out of Hartford, Connecticut plans on releasing their second album this year.
Rated Mature for Sexual Themes and Violence.
Experience before the lawyers catch wind.
VIOLENT MAE (Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg) was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership. Their full-length debut record was released at the end of 2013. Becky, a songwriter, singer and guitar player, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. A few years ago, a friend invited her to live and work on an organic farm in Connecticut, where she soon met Floyd, a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer. The two began recording at Casa de Warrenton Studio in Hartford, expanding Becky’s songs with Floyd’s arrangements and parts. They ultimately formed VIOLENT MAE after making a record, playing all the instruments on it and being invited to perform one of their first live sets as the opening act for Nels Cline and Julian Lage. Paste recently listed VIOLENT MAE as one of 10 Connecticut bands you should listen to now. At the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards, VIOLENT MAE won Best New Band, and editors at The Deli Magazine named the duo one of New England’s Top Ten Emerging Artists. The band tours nationally more than ever, playing alongside acts such as Courtney Barnett, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Marissa Nadler. VIOLENT MAE is reissuing their self-titled debut record with The Telegraph Record Company out of New London, Connecticut, including a full national college radio campaign through Never Better. Two new music videos for the songs “Long Hard Wait” and “Right Here” will accompany that campaign. In the meantime, the duo is working on completing their second full-length record, due for release later in 2015.