Miserable is Kristina Esfandiari 




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Miserable announces 2018 Tour 

Miserable has just announced a tour with Death Bells and Fearing. Dates below:

Miserable Tour 2018 

AUG 01 San Diego, CA @ Teros Gallery 
AUG 02 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident 
AUG 03 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside 
AUG 04 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club 
AUG 05 Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp 
AUG 06 Chico, CA @ Duffy’s 
AUG 07 Portland, OR @ Black Water 
AUG 08 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
AUG 09 Seattle, WA @ Vera 
AUG 10 Reno, NV @ Holland Project

Miserable "Violet" Track Review // Pitchfork 


Miserable is the latest project of Kristina Esfandiari (who also performs as King Woman), and "Violet," off her upcoming debut LP, is a bitter requiem for a deep friendship. She wallows in its molasses reverb and delayed lurches, and comes out the other side with no answers—just the mighty misery itself. Losing a close friend is a special kind of pain: confusion, despair, an all-consuming yearning for the rosy past. Esfandiari's anguished vocals (unusual for shoegaze, whose aesthetics lean toward anodyne cooing) summon heartbreaking ghosts, treasured memories, faded photographs on a wall. And like a friendship that decays instead of ending cleanly, “Violet” offers no sense of closure. The song’s weight lingers after its coda of cascading guitar feedback has ceased to ring, leaving a hollowed-out feeling that colors the world just a bit more blue. “Violet” hurts like a broken promise. 

Full article via Pitchfork

Miserable – "Uncontrollable" LP Premiere // SPIN 


Miserable Finds Grace in the Profane on ‘Uncontrollable’ LP
Full article by Megan Bradley via SPIN

Kristina Esfandiari is probably best known as the vocalist of bleak rockers King Woman, as well as being a former member of shoegaze outfit Whirr, but her solo work as Miserable should be held in equal regard. Making its debut with 2014 EPs Halloween Dream and Dog Days, the project now returns with Uncontrollable, a nine-track work of dizzying lo-fi sadgaze. The tracks unfold slowly, and with a palpable sense of purgation. The work picks up steam with lead single “Violet, rumbling from somewhere deep, while bleating chords underscore Esfandiari’s gruff vocals: “You’re the most spiteful person / I could never be.” 

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MISERABLE is the solo work of Kristina Esfandiari, the vocalist from King Woman. Her new album, entitled Uncontrollable, hits the streets on April 29th via The Native Sound. I will tell you this: Esfandiari has created a collection of dreamy, melancholy songs that will pull you towards the sun! MISERABLE is the kind of music that will wash over your thoughts and realign your unhappy life. I’m an addict for Esfandiari’s voice and lyrics, because she is a sonic vessel of honesty that I never want to put down! This is why I’m beyond freaking stoked to share with you the MISERABLE video for “Stay Cold” below…Make sure you pre-order Uncontrollable HERE – it will be your new soundtrack to your happy sad times!

Full article via CVLT Nation

Miserable "Violet" Track Premiere // The FADER 


Miserable’s Shoegazey “Violet” Will Destroy Your Heart 

Full article via The FADER

It’s a boundless track about “reminiscing on how beautiful things were and how they’ve faded from your life” from her upcoming LP Uncontrollable.

The Bay Area's Kristina Esfandiari (of King Woman), who makes dark folk as Miserable, is following up a series of EPs under that moniker with the debut full length Uncontrollable. The new LP is, like the name of Esfandiari's project, quite sad. But not the kind of sad that gets you all humdrum glum; these nine songs are a cathartic release of heartache and frustration born from insecurity and loss.

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Miserable "Oven" Track Premiere // Noisey 


PREMIERE: Miserable's Kristina Esfandiari Makes Death Sound Like a Dream with "Oven" 

The King Woman vocalist radiates bummer vibes on this blissed-out new track.

Full article by Kim Kelly via Noisey

Last year, King Woman's Doubt EP had a profound impact on me, thanks to vocalist Kristina Esfandiari's throaty croon and candidness about the experiences that shaped her life as an artist. It was easy to sink down into the velvety embrace of the album's lush, brooding dark folk, and finding out that she had a whole other band, Miserable, felt like a gift. 

Whereas King Woman goes for an earthier approach, Miserable floats along on an airy, almost celestial path; "shoegaze" is as good a description as any (especially given Esfandiari's status as Whirr's former vocalist), but this is no mere Loveless clone. The band's upcoming new album, Uncontrollable, is desperately sad, and blissfully lovely—and the juxtaposition is sometimes startling, especially on dreamy reveries like "Oven," whose breathy chorus wonders if the narrator should "stick my head in the oven."

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Stereogum // Miserable “Bell Jar” 

Kristina Esfandiari used to sing for Bay Area shoegaze greats Whirr, but she separated from that band to forge her own path as Miserable. The name change is apt; “Bell Jar,” a preview from Miserable’s Halloween Dream 7-inch, is far more harrowing than anything Whirr kicked out. It starts out a bit like Deftones at their most lugubrious, all celestial moans and molasses strums, but it steadily builds into to a frightening beast of a song with tumultuous low end that will make you wonder if the earth has opened up beneath you and you’re falling into hell. You’ll seriously be shocked that Esfandiari covers that much sonic territory in just 2:14. Check it out below.

Full article by Chris DeVille via Stereogum

Miserable “Bell Jar” Track Premiere // Brooklyn Vegan 

You may remember that ex-Deafheaven shoegazers Whirr recently went on a tour with Nothing in which they performed without any of the vocalists who contributed to their Around EP. While still in Whirr, one of those vocalists, Kristina Esfandiari, released a dark folk single as King Woman, and she’s now set out on her own under the name Miserable. Miserable first released a split with Grey Zine on Run for Cover (current home of Nothing’s old A389 labelmates Anne), and she’s since signed to The Native Sound (John Vanderslice, Koji), where she’ll put out her new EP, Halloween Dream, on February 18 (vinyl and digital pre-order). 

The first single from that EP, “Bell Jar,” is quite possibly her strongest solo track to date. It sounds as depressing as the Sylvia Plath novel it shares a name with, starting out not unlike the dark folk she recorded as King Woman, but building into big metallic shoegaze and ending with the reverbed screams that helped make Deafheaven such a memorable name in heavy music this past year. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it below.

Full article by Andrew Sacher via Brooklyn Vegan