Photo by Aliya Naumoff
Last year, Kathleen Hanna announced plans to revive her 1998 solo project, the Julie Ruin, as a full-band endeavor. Concrete developments on the new record have since been few and far between, but last month, in an interview with A.V. Club regarding the new Bikini Kill reissues, Hanna confirmed that 20 songs have been recorded and are in mixing stages. The record should be out next spring, she said, and James Murphy worked on a track for it.
Hanna recently shared some more details of that song, which is titled “Just My Kind”. The basic tracks were recorded by Andre Kelman of Oscilloscope Studio, and “James came in and worked with him to put the icing on the cake,” Hanna said. “It was really exciting because we’ve known each other for over ten years but never worked together.”
Also, Julie Ruin/Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox, pictured below, played upright bass on the track. Hanna explained:
The song [Murphy] gravitated to is called “Just My Kind” and is what I like to call a “desperate, pleading” love song. We were all surprised when he chose it because the rest of the record is so different. “Just My Kind” is definitely the only song Kathi played stand up bass on! She’d never played stand up before and just walked over and grabbed it and figured it out. Thank god she had saddle shoes on that day because it added that “magic moment” feeling you get in the studio sometimes.
Here’s an image of the track in-progress, posted to the band’s website in June:
Hanna also described the band’s work process to A.V. Club:
We’re not really in a hurry. Every band I’ve been in has totally taken over my life. And I really want this to be something that stays enjoyable and doesn’t become very professional. We’re all having fun, and we enjoy each other a lot. When we get together, we can’t stop chitter-chattering. I would like that to continue for as long as possible. [Laughs]
Sini Anderson’s documentary The Punk Singer, which is about Hanna, should also be out around the same time as the record, according to the A.V. Club interview.
Watch the Julie Ruin perform at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn in 2010: