September 8th, 2021

Richmond, VA-based artist Kate Bollinger returns with her first song since the release of her 2020 EP, A word becomes a sound. Forced to finish her last EP in lockdown, Bollinger excitedly returned to sessions in the spring of 2021 to explore a new batch of songs, the first of which to emerge is “Shadows,” written by Kate with her longtime collaborator John Trainum and guitarist Chris Lewis. Warm and languid melodies mingle with pointed lyrics; there’s an air of mischief sweetened by a surreal, fish-eyed video directed by Bollinger’s childhood friend, Kia Wassenaar. “Maybe the last year made me want to hide a little,” says Bollinger, referring to the song’s abstract nature. “I made this song with two close friends of mine in our month-to-month storage space during a time when many things in my life were shifting. It was a complicated time with lots of conflicting feelings, which I think can be felt in the song.”

Today Kate also announces an upcoming tour with Real Estate, starting this Fall. These dates are in addition to her upcoming shows with the likes of Faye Webster, Jeff Tweedy, Annie Blackman, Overcoats, and more.

09/29/21 – NY, NY – Mercury Lounge – w/ Annie Blackman

09/30/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Made – w/ Jeff Tweedy – SOLD OUT

10/01/21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat – w/ Overcoats

11/03/21 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall at Babeville – w/ Real Estate

11/04/21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom – w/ Real Estate

11/05/21 – Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch – w/ Real Estate

11/06/21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme – w/ Real Estate

11/07/21 – Madison, WI – High Noon – w/ Real Estate

11/09/21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre – w/ Real Estate

11/10/21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue – w/ Real Estate

11/11/21 – Louisville, KY – Zanzibar – w/ Real Estate

11/12/21 – Lexington, KY – The Burl (Outdoors) – w/ Real Estate

11/13/21 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner – w/ Real Estate

11/14/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall – w/ Real Estate

11/16/21 – New Haven, CT – Space Ballroom – w/ Real Estate

11/17/21 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace – w/ Real Estate

11/18/21 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts – w/ Real Estate

11/19/21 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios- w/ Real Estate – SOLD OUT

02/01/22 – Birmingham AL – Saturn – w/ Faye Webster

02/03/22 – Dallas, TX – Trees – w/ Faye Webster

02/04/22 – Austin, TX – The Parish – w/ Faye Webster

02/05/22 – Houston, TX – White Oak – w/ Faye Webster – SOLD OUT

02/07/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent – w/ Faye Webster

02/08/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah – w/ Faye Webster

02/10/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda – w/ Faye Webster

02/11/22 – Oakland, CA – New Parish – w/ Faye Webster – SOLD OUT

02/13/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – w/ Faye Webster

02/14/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos – w/ Faye Webster – SOLD OUT

02/15/22 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore – w/ Faye Webster

02/19/22 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown – w/ Faye Webster

02/21/22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line – w/ Faye Webster

02/24/22 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe – w/ Faye Webster

02/25/22 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus – w/ Faye Webster

03/01/22 – NYC – Webster Hall – w/ Faye Webster

03/03/22 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater – w/ Faye Webster

03/04/22 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle – w/ Faye Webster

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July 23rd, 2018
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            The Overcoats are a NY based electro-pop band with rock overtones and memorable harmonies. They are Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell. In 2015 they released an EP, and in 2017 they released their debut album, Young. “I Don’t Believe in Us” is one of the singles from the album
 

            FEMMUSIC was honored to have an e-mail interview with The Overcoats. Since neither woman specified whom was answering the question, we assume both and are listing all answers as The Overcoats. The Overcoats will be on the main stage at the Underground Music Showcase in Denver this weekend. For info visit https://www.undergroundmusicshowcase.com &http://www.overcoatsmusic.com/
 
FEMMUSIC:  What was the biggest challenge making Young?
 
O: I think the biggest challenge for us was really crafting the sound. We knew in our heads what we wanted it to sound like, but since it was our first album, it was our first attempt trying to turn that sound into a reality. It took a lot of trial and error, and experimentation, figuring out what we liked and didn’t like.
 
FEMMUSIC:  Tell me about Nicholas Verhas & Autre Ne Veut. How were they to work with? How did you meet them? Why did decide to have them produce the album?
 
O: Nicolas and Arthur (Autre Ne Veut) were wonderful to work with. They are both so talented, and come from really different production backgrounds. Nicolas had done some of our favorite rock records, whereas Arthur was more versed in electronics. We wanted to combine both of their aesthetics into something that was both folky and electronic at the same time — that’s why we wanted them both!
 
FEMMUSIC:  How was your approach different doing Young vs your EP? What did you learn making the album?
 
O: Our EP did not have much of an approach! It was the first 4 songs we had ever written. However, limitation definitely breeds creativity – and not being able to have tons of players, crazy production, etc definitely made us be really intentional about our style and the sounds we chose. The album was different — being in a real studio, with tons and tons of instruments and sounds at your disposal — it was way harder to narrow down!
 
FEMMUSIC:  You’re signed to Arts & Crafts. Why did you sign with them? How are they to work with?
 
O: Arts & Crafts are such lovely human beings. We grew up listening to Feist and Broken Social Scene, so having them in the Arts & Crafts family was very inspiring.
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FEMMUSIC:  Can you describe your songwriting technique?
 
O: We like to sit down and talk to one another about an idea, lyric, feeling, experience, and start writing from there. The first step is to get on the same page and empathize with each other so we can both attempt to write honestly and in a way that helps heal.
 
FEMMUSIC:  What song (not your own) has had the biggest influence on you and why?
 
O: “The Scientist” by Coldplay is probably one of the most inspiring songs to us these days. We simply cannot get over how vague the lyrics are but how the song evokes such a particular feeling.
 
FEMMUSIC:  As women in the music industry have you been discriminated against?
 
O: Yes. It happens in overt ways as well as very subtle ingrained ways. Whether it’s not getting booked for festivals (most festival lineups contain under 25% female artists), or the way we’re spoken to or the way our art is treated…
 
FEMMUSIC:  Whom would you most like to collaborate with, or tour with? Why?
 
O: We want to tour with Coldplay! Stadium tour…YES PLEASE. We want to collaborate with Feist. She’s just one of the most unique and talented artists we’ve ever heard. She was/is a big influence for us and to be able to work with her and share creative ideas would be a dream come true.
 
FEMMUSIC:  What one thing would you like to change about the music industry?
 
 
O: Would love more female producers. Which means creating a space where women are invited to, and feel comfortable, learning about music production.
 
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