Rasputina is one of the most consistent and underrated bands of the past decade, I’d say, and their latest under-the-radar release proves just that. Sister Kinderhook, Melora Creager and company’s seventh album, will officially hit shelves and online outlets on June 15, though you are now (and have been for approaching a month) able to stream the record in its entirety here.
For the uninitiated, Rasputina mastermind Melora Creager, a cellist/singer/songwriter who toured with Nirvana on their In Utero tour, has been performing in, and led, various incarnations of Rasputina for almost two decades (even rock cellist extraordinaire Zoë Keating had a 4-year tenure in the band).
This time around, Creager enlisted Daniel DeJesus, the groups first male cellist, and Catie D’Amica. Here were Melora’s intitial thoughts on teaming up with D’Amica:
If I put her behind an eccentric kit that included a concert bass drum, a djembe and ankle bells, and if she played her simple but cool punk-rock beats, we might really have something.
Anyone who has seen Creager and friends perform live could testify as to her estimable talents, but as for the rest of you: welcome aboard.