Despite her young age, Kristin Newborn has made a
significant amount of noise in Naptown in the past
several years. A classically trained vocalist who has worked with local heavyweights
at Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Newborn first made a splash in Indy's
underground music scene as front woman of the short-lived but much-celebrated Slothpop. In
the years since that band's breakup, Newborn has steadily honed a sound, under
the pseudonym KO, based upon intricate vocal loops and straightforward garage
rock riffs alongside her minimalist drummer Todd Heaton of Street Spirits.
Courtesy Joyful Noise Recordings
KO is composed of Kristin Newborn (right - vocals, guitar) and Todd Heaton (percussion).
Today, Joyful Noise Recordings announced it will release KO's four-song, self-titled EP on Sept. 23.
"I just think she's a great musical presence, and she had these great songs,"
says JNR owner and curator Karl Hofstetter. "Most of
the time we don't really f--k around with bands before they have a full-length,
but this is kind of an exception just because they're not really in a place to
finish a full-length right now."
This week, Newborn moved to Chicago following an appearance
at WARMfest, where she dedicated her masterful
rendition of Ben E. King's Stand By Me to her hometown crowd as a farewell of
sorts. Fortunately for Hoosiers, Newborn hasn't moved to the moon. She will
return to Indy to play an album release show at Radio Radio
on Sept. 20 (tickets).
"For me, it was more about solidifying them, so KO doesn't
just become another band that was never properly released," Hofstetter
says. "Kristin will be huge someday, she's just got that presence. So it was
more about supporting her. We're happy to be lax about this. We're not making
them tour and record a full-length or anything like that. It's just four songs.
We'll see where it goes."
Listen to lead single B-tches Online and scope the full track listing for the KO
EP below. Pre-order your copy of the limited-edition 7" vinyl via Joyful Noise Recordings.
1. Four Drinks In
2. B-tches Online
3. White Lie
Rob Peoni is a freelance writer with a passion for underappreciated rock 'n' roll, local business and culture. The stories he tells are typically found where those interests intersect. The hours away from the dim glow of his computer screen are often spent scouring the Circle City for live music.