Just announced – King Woman are playing the following shows: 10/29 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp w/ Lingua Ignota , MSC & DJ Sessworld 10/31 Oakland, CA @ The Starline Ballroom w/ Lingua Ignota, MSC & MANE 11/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Union w/ Alcest, GLAARE
Avant-doom masters King Woman and instrumental power trio Russian Circles have joined forces on a country-wide US tour, selling out venues left and right. It’s no wonder, because both of these bands make music heads and tails above what most other genre-crossing heavy bands are putting out these days.
King Woman have recently signed on with Sargent House management, the long time home of Russian Circles and a ton of other amazing bands, and this tour seems to be a coming out party for them, putting them in front of bigger audiences and opening new ears to their deeply emotional and moving musical expression.
Kristina Esfandiari has lived many lives in her 30 years. For starters, she survived a “spiritually overwhelming” upbringing in a cultlike community near Sacramento. “(There was) manipulation through words and music, all done in the name of God,” says Esfandiari, who moved to the Bay Area when she was 22.
Changing locale helped, as it was in San Francisco where she served as a vocalist for the shoegaze act Whirr before launching her own music career, which currently encompasses three musical projects. There’s the gloom pop of her solo effort Miserable, the rap and R&B roots of her Nghtcrwlr moniker, and her main gig: fronting the doom rock band King Woman.
Kristina Esfandiari has been making music for more than a decade, but she’s still in the process of learning some things the hard way. The frontwoman for San Francisco-based doom-gaze outfit King Woman hasn’t stopped moving for much of the past few years, in large part because the band has been on tour in support of their 2017 debut album, Created in the Image of Suffering. It’s the band’s first release for heavy music super-label Relapse, which earned them critical praise as well as prominent appearances at festivals such as Hopscotch and Desert Daze. From the outside, it probably seemed like everything a band could ask for.
Things took a turn for the darker when Bay Area doomgaze masters King Woman turned down the lights and turned up the amps while singer Kristina Esfandiari cleared a circle on the floor and took center position. Unveiling two new songs that immediately signaled a significant progression while retaining the emotion and depth KW are known for, this band made it known they are a force to be reckoned with. Nowhere to go but up for this crew
“We have an immense amount of respect for Cathy and are proud to be a part of the Sargent House family. It’s going to be a beautiful year. The Stone Roses song was recorded with at Earth Tone Studios with Pat Hills in Sacramento, CA. It’s our first shot at recording a cover.”
"I Wanna Be Adorded" by King Woman (The Stone Roses Cover) is available for purchase here.
Latest full-length 'Created in the Image of Suffering' is out now and available via Relapse Records Here: http://bit.ly/KingWoman
King Woman singer Kristina Esfandiari doesn't consider her band's output to be metal, but whatever you want to call it, it's undeniably heavy — drone-y and doomy and touching on deep topics from religion to the psychedelic experience. "I think people get uncomfortable when they can't label you," she said to us of the group, which released its acclaimed debut full-length, Created in the Image of Suffering, earlier this year. "It's expressive, emotional music. And anybody can relate to that, you know? I want to have a positive message and empower other people through the way I live and the way I perform." And indeed she does.
On a balmy August night, the musician Kristina Esfandiari rattled the pews of a Brooklyn church with thunderous riffs and her distinctive vocals – which moved from a whimper to a wail. For this gig, the bicoastal musician wasn't performing with her acclaimed Bay Area hard-rock band King Woman, who released the doom-laced and drone-laden Created in the Image of Suffering earlier this year. Esfandiari performed cuts new and old from her solo project, Miserable, which, though she describes it as "songs to drink NyQuil to," had a galvanizing effect on her congregation.
I was having a slight panic attack while waiting, in a fancy cafe that I’ve previously ignored, for Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman and Miserable.
The night before had been a little harsh on my sleep. It was also the hottest day of the year so far, so my whole being was a little out of whack. I even got to the cafe early to prepare my thoughts and try to mentally wake up. I had met Kristina at a house show a couple weeks before. Before this, however, I had already decided that I wanted to write about her.