Kristina Esfandiari, the powerful vocalist of the sludge-metal group King Woman and mastermind of floating shoegaze act Miserable, was flying home from Oakland when chills began running and up down her body for several definitive minutes. “I just started writing out lyrics and I heard all [these] arrangements in my head,” Esfandiari says. “It was some sort of spiritual connection. Something happened to me that I was not expecting.”
Despite what message her band name might otherwise imply, Miserable’s Kristina Esfandiari is pretty content with her life right now. When Revolver catches up with the singer-guitarist outside of Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret, she and her three-piece band have just baptized the room in the moody, magenta haze of the project’s new Loverboy EP.
We’re excited to premiere powerhouse Kristina Esfandiari’s, of King Woman and Miserable, new video for the track “Loverboy” off of her new Miserable EP Loverboy. Brought to you by Sargent House Records, and released in tandem with the Dog Days EP, the Loverboy EP is a vulnerable and raw look into the mind of Esfandiari. If you have ever gotten a chance to see Esfandiari, then you know how authentically striking and intense her performances are. You can hear the vulnerability in her inflictions as she commands the attention of her audience through her ownership of self. We spoke with Esfandiari about her process and journey of making the Loverboy EP.
On August 8th, we were lucky to see a show that we’d been anticipating for the past few months. Miserable, Death Bells and Fearing toured their way up the West Coast and found themselves at The Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver. What followed was a night of amazing music and rad people and I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out and who was a part of making this show happen <3
For a dulcet-voiced doomsayer, King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is actually a pretty big poptimist. Discussing her new single “Gasoline” — a smoldering break-up song off her upcoming double EP Loverboy / Dog Days — with Flaunt, the vocalist declared, “I most certainly see myself releasing many pop records.” After listening to the new song, we hope that proves to be the case: Its shimmering guitars, swirling harmonies and relatable themes (who among us hasn’t gotten testy with an ex after a few drinks?) make for some grade-A ear-candy.
Kristina Esfandiari’s journey to actually get her record together literally was lit… and not in a good way, the Hard drive caught on fire. Through paths of determination she has delivered Loverboy, an EP of songs of sadness and strengths. Her fire further fueled by loneliness and the exploration of previous traumas. We got ahold of her while on her tour to have her explain her give us a run down on creating her EP.
Miserable - “Loverboy / Dog Days” out on October 26, 2018 on Sargent House. Pre-order HERE.