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French songstress Julie Meckler's story plays out like a feature film. Leaving behind a life as a theater actress in her native Paris, Meckler immigrated to the US in early 2008 and bought her first guitar in New York City. The music began there, as did her journey across a country she'd never seen before. After visits to Buffalo, Detroit, Portland and Vancouver, she settled in Chicago just as her visa expired. This began a determined, hopeful path as she opted to stay despite fears of either deportation or never seeing her home country again. Over four years of honing her craft onstage - from gallery lofts to songwriter circles to sold-out bills at venues such as the Empty Bottle and Schuba's Tavern - she's assembled a group of Windy City veterans that includes bassist Brett Bakshis (Wooden Rings, Belleisle), guitarist Will Phalen, guest guitarist Ryan Anderson (Go Long Mule), trumpeter James Davis (ALDRIC, Zing!) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Rios (Stolen Silver, Dick Prall).
Touted by the Chicago Tribune as one of "15 Chicago Artists to Watch" alongside Disappears and The Smith Westerns, Meckler and band have spent the last two years hard at work at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio with producer/multi-instrumentalist Will Phalen (The Stereo Addicts, Musikanto, Bailiff). The result of their labor, Queenshead, offers a diverse collection of songs narrated by Meckler's unique voice, vulnerable storytelling and climactic intensity. Her youthful curiosity and playful dance into the unknown are matched with a wary wisdom gained only from risks taken and lessons learned along the way. Reggae, 70s AM radio, mariachi, blues, orchestral pop and post-punk all factor in the mix. Standout tracks include the pulsating guitar rocker "Forest," the despairing yet thorny dub cut "Bitch" and the danceable, Graceland-inspired title track. And while the album will hook listeners with potent, genre-spanning singles, it's a record created to be absorbed in its entirety. Each piece is a vital element of the story, yet mystery and unanswered questions will prevail; every song portrays a different character, unpredictable and sensitive yet blunt in its nature.
Meckler, who is now married to band mate/composer Davis and has gained a Green Card, made a return visit to France in the summer of 2013. Her Chicago fans will help her celebrate the release of Queenshead with a show at The Hideout on September 26, and it won't take long for audiences everywhere to have their chance to see Julie Meckler and her band on the road, performing with the same intimacy that can be achieved through a pair of headphones and a record player. Her soundtrack is our movie.
"Meckler's presentation drew the listener into her world. Watching her was like ducking into a dark theater on a summer day to watch a foreign black-and-white film." - ConcertGoer.com
"This Parisian transplant pens moody tunes that rival epic mood swings. Witness "Deportation Blues," which opens in muted tones before the guitars and Meckler begin snarling at one another at its staggering climax." - Metromix
"Julie Meckler rocks like a French PJ Harvey, feminine and dominant." - Goth Traveler
For more information, interviews, inquiries:
juliemecklermusic at gmail dot com
August Forte, Novo Publicity