Kieran Strange, British power punk rocker currently residing in Vancouver, Canada made her musical television debut with single, “Tear Down The Wall,” a single, co-written by Strange and Amy Fox, producer of the new sitcom The Switch. Today, Strange is ecstatic to announce a brand new EP, label signing, and a slew of fall tour dates.
Strange returns with her sophomore EP, Last Hero Standing (September 16, 2014) and she’s not pulling any punches. After taking a break from the studio after self-releasing Adamantine Heart (2012) to tour the world, she’s back with a hard-hitting collaborative writing project with legendary producer Steve Kravac (Blink 182, Less Than Jake, MXPX, NOFX) who had this to say about Strange, “Kieran is the real deal, a supreme vocal talent who’s songwriting themes are gritty, emotional and universally relatable.”
Strange had this to say about the forthcoming EP:
“I’ve spent a lot of time trying to fit into some perfect little cookie cutter of an artist, and I think the tracks I’m writing right now are about me coming out of that shell, letting down the walls, and just allowing myself to be naked without all of the armour and defenses. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with every aspect of who I am as a person, all the negatives as well as the positives, and I’m finally ready to just be me.”
The 4-track EP covers some of the struggles Strange has faced, from mocking “Reckless” that calls out a bully, to sad and sweet “INVINCIBLE” chronicling the weakness we feel when we lose the one we love, “The Best You Never Had” which is sure to be a relief to anyone who’s been accused of “friendzoning” someone, and finally freedom and love anthem “Teeth” that bites into the discrimination people experience all over the world when trying to be with someone society or their family disapproves of.
Last Hero Standing will be Strange’s first EP on a US label signing with Porterhouse Records. To celebrate the release of her EP, Strange has partnered with Blue Piston to stream all 4 tracks in advance in all 130 Target stores in Canada on Logiix’s Blue Piston product. Strange was recently featured in their latest ad for the speaker, and will be launching a giveaway of a signed blue piston in partnership with Logiix later this month. And lastly, the EP will be accompanied by a comic-book written and drawn by Strange that tells the story of a girl overcoming struggle, discrimination, and issues of privilege in her life. To be released soon.
Strange will be touring extensively across North America and Asia throughout the fall. The tour is presented by Equalize, a foundation that educates young music fans about acceptance for everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, and gives youth the tools to enact positive changes in their own communities. To find out more about Equalize and their efforts go here. The tour also highlights DRKLGHT clothing company and Shame Less Sound as sponsors. Fans can head to Strange’s merch table to learn more about these sponsors. Moreover, Strange will be doing a series of in-stores and school talks as well to discuss her passionate topics: bullying, standing up for yourself and your dreams, and the LGBT community and their allies.
Fans can catch Kieran Strange on the road this fall in North America and Asia:
8/14 – Minneapolis – The Hexagon Bar
8/15 – Minneapolis – The Driftwood Char Bar
8/16 – Grand Forks – El Roco
8/18 – Calgary – Dicken’s
8/19 – Siksika – Gordon Yellowfly Memorial Arbour
8/21 – Kamloops -The Grind
8/29 – 9/1 – Portland – Kumoricon
9/3 – Seattle – El Corazon
9/5 – Boise – Flying M Coffee Garage
9/6 – Portland – Dante’s
9/10 – Dallas – Crown and Harp
9/11 – Houston – Acadia
9/12 – Shreveport – Rhino Coffee
9/15 – Charlotte – Crown Station Pub
9/17 – Washington – The Electric Maid
9/20 – Quebec City – Bar Le Scanner
9/28 – Thunder Bay – Crocks
9/29 – Winnipeg – The Garrick Hotel
9/30 – Saskatoon – Rock Bottom
10/3 – Golden – The Golden Taps
10/4 – Penticton – Voodoo’s
10/18 – Penang, Malaysia – Hard Rock Cafe (Charity event, Pinktober)
10/22 – Shinjuku, Tokyo – Gyoen Papera
10/22 – Roppongi, Tokyo – Newlex
10/23 – Asaksaka, Tokyo – Mitsuke ~ Crawfish
10/24 – Yokohama, Tokyo – Club Sensation
10/25 – Yotsuya, Tokyo – Lotus
10/26 – Shimo-kitazawa, Tokyo – Garage
For more information on Kieran Strange:
Hailed as an artist to watch both online and off by media outlets worldwide, Kieran Strange is a quirky, dynamic young artist blending pop sensibilities, edgy guitars and synthesized electronic sounds into her own personal brand of British pop-rock.
Raised on a variety of music genres above her grandmother’s pub in a small fishing village in southern England, Kieran left her family behind at the tender age of seventeen to chase her dream of making music. Since doing so, she has shared stages with the likes of Kinnie Starr, Hunter Valentine and more, lighting it up in front of audiences from 200 to 10,000 strong, all whilst singing songs about girl crushes, zombies and video games.
As she stands firmly as a voice for the different and discarded, Kieran’s die-hard fans, who are disenchanted with the mainstream sense of mind, have coined themselves “the Strangers” and their number spanning across the globe, from North America to Europe and Asia. They have already made their mark on the world by voting Miss Strange a final ballot nominee in the Shorty Awards (Twitter and social media) three years running. Kieran is fiery, verbal and passionate when it comes to her beliefs, and some of the causes she fights to help support are autism awareness, cancer research, eating disorder awareness and anti-bullying.
Hot on the heels of her debut EP Adamantine Heart, Kieran played over 200 shows, events and conventions across three continents in 2012/13, touring as far as to Japan and her home in England, as well as across Canada and the US. She has been commissioned to compose musical material for various geek and alternative lifestyle organizations across North America.
Kieran is currently working on her sophomore EP at the Hell’s Half Acre Studio in California, with legendary producer Steve Kravac (Blink 182, Less Than Jake, MXPX, NOFX). The new EP will be released on Porterhouse Records (X, Kidneys, Little Misses), with a release date of Fall 2014. “I’ve spent a lot of time trying to fit into some perfect little cookie cutter of an artist,” says Strange, “and I think the tracks I’m writing right now are about me coming out of that shell, letting down the walls, and just allowing myself to be naked without all of the armour and defenses. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with every aspect of who I am as a person, all the negatives as well as the positives, and I’m finally ready to just be me.”
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