BALCONYTV LONDON 06/01/2010
PRESENTED BY LAYLA ANNA-LEE
So perfectly does Julia K embody the Spirit of Rock' that it's widely believed she must have been carved from purest Warsaw granite sometime in the late Creta-ceous period (well, sometime in the late 1970's anyway). But theres far more to itthan a few sharp edges.
For example, you dont hear a song with the words Christmas tree in the refrain very often... but dont be fooled Julia Ks debut single I light up is no tacky Christmas record. No chestnuts roasting on an open fire here. This is a perfectly delivered, tense, yet cheeky rock song with a sound and attitude reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde, if she were 20 years younger again and took herself a little less seriously. No sprig of mistletoe in sight.
Avoiding the cliché of gutsy - because, 'Hello?' isn't that whats always applied to any female singer-songwriter with an opin-ion or attitude her sound and lyrics have an intelligence and integrity about them, with a sincere vocal whose layers will charm you one moment and shock you the next, especially live. The Dublin Castle accu-rately describe her as Urgent female fronted rock - PJ Harvey fronting Smashing Pumpkins, very well executed and she can certainly sing. Guess that sums it up!
But its not all stomp and clap though. A classically trained pianist from the age of 5, Julia Ks ballads reveal a fragility which draws comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos. Her shows move through changing scenes, tempos and emotions. Granite-based she may be, but one-dimensional she most certainly is not. Against the tide of a currently predomi-nantly male-dominated genre, Julia K is coming to bolster the depleted ranks of female-led British rock with genuine atti-tude not just with brute force, or ego but with her own authenticity. Make way Mosshart and Harvey.
Tune in Again Tomorrow!