Nashville, United States
Promising alt-indie talent RobinAugust drops a heartbreak rock anthem entitled 'Ghost'. This is an alt-rock anthem that addresses themes of anger and heartbreak. The track wrestles with the pain of being with a passive partner and looks back at the breakdown of a relationship to ponder where things may have started going sour.
'Ghost' was co-produced by Robin and Eric Fritsch and boasts features from Adam Schatz of Japanese Breakfast on saxophone and Steven Bowman of Counting Crows on drums, to Ben Graham of AutoVaughn on bass. The track was recorded and produced in RobinAugusts' back garden in Nashville.
So, let me take you through what I thought of the track then you can have a listen to see what you think! And, don't forget, we also have an EXCLUSIVE TJPL NEWS interview to finish things off!
Ghost is a track that opens in a truly experimental and offbeat way that blends all sorts of genres from indie rock, punk, and country. I was very intrigued by this artist from the start of the track. It's a track that urges you to let go and embrace your strong female energies. Something that really stood out to me about this track was that in spite of the punk rock attitude of the vocals, there was also a jazz brass instrumentation that accompanied those vocals. I've never heard this been done before and really enjoyed hearing how it came into fruition in the mix. I would definitely urge you to check out RobinAugust especially if you're a female with bad bitch energy! Click the link below to hear 'Ghost' now! Oh, and don't forget to come back and have a read of our exclusive interview with the artist herself!
What would be your ultimate achievement for your latest single?
This single has already exceeded my expectations. I seriously can’t get over the amount of love I’ve gotten in such a short period of time. However, in a world where I could choose literally anything to wish for, I’d wanna perform it on live television.
Is there a particular vision that you had when putting the song together?
-I wanted this song to be an angsty anthem that could be right out of a 90s coming of age movie.
If you could define music in one short sentence (no cheating) what would you say?
Oh gosh. Okay..
Music is the expression of emotion through sound.
One artist you would bring back to life?
Janis Joplin! I’d do anything to watch her perform. I also wish I could talk to Sandy West, the drummer of The Runaways.
When did you first realise that you had the potential to be an artist?
I think it’s actually harder for me to understand that some people aren’t artists. I grew up in Nashville where literally every person I met, every barista, every parent of a friend, every bartender, was an artist or musician. I think because I was so submerged in that community, I’ve always thought of myself as an artist. I’m extremely lucky to have had that upbringing.
Is there a memory that has stuck in your mind as the turning point for you?
When I was 11, I got to sing a song at the Mercy Lounge in a show called, “Shes a Rebel” alongside some of the best women in the Nashville rock scene (Tristan, Caitlin Rose, Lauren Gilbert (LG), Those Darlins). I think that night I realized that you don’t need to be a man to be androgynous, mysterious, and captivating on stage. Previously, I thought it was impossible to be viewed as a Mick Jagger type performer while also being a girl. But when I saw Jessi Zazu perform, I was proven wrong. Although she wasn’t “man-like” at all, I viewed her no different than I’d view Steven Tyler or Robert Plant.
Do you play any instruments? If not, is there a specific one that you'd like to learn?
I play guitar!! I wanna learn the harp though outside of my rock career.
How would you define your sound?
My sound is 90s inspired chick rock with psychedelic and grunge influences. It’s the soundtrack for the movie you watch on repeat after getting through a rough breakup.
What's the story behind your artist name?
My artist name is just my name! My birth name is ‘Robin August Fritsch.’ I actually don’t have a middle name- it’s a double name, ‘Robin August.’ But when I introduce myself as Robin August, people think my name is Robin and that my TV last name is August. So I took the space out to create my artist name, ‘‘RobinAugust’
What is the biggest challenge you've faced as an artist?
As a woman in the rock scene, I’ve found it’s very hard for people, especially men, to take me seriously. In highschool i was made fun of by a lot of the boys. I was kind of a running joke among them. I think they thought I tried too hard because of the way I dress and speak out about certain things. When I’m reality, that’s just who I am.
What are your future plans?
After my Album “Avocado Head” is released , I hope to go on tour with my lovely backing band I met at Berklee College of Music!
What can we look forward to for the rest of 2022?
I have two more singles until my album FINALLY releases later this summer! I also have a very special show on June 26th at the Eastside bowl alongside Molly Martin, Sales Tax, and my previous band Queens of Noise.
Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
I hope that I’ll be touring around the world and the audience will know all the words to my songs! I hope to gain more of a fan base and have a well known name throughout the music industry. I
Where can we find the track?
It’s out on all streaming platforms!!! Spotify, Apple Music, you name it!
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