[PREMIERE]: Grunge Goddess Jennie Vee’s Music Video ‘Kiss The Dust’
Yes, Jennie Vee is Courtney Love’s bassist…. but, that’s not all she is. And no, she’s not trying to take the place of the reigning grunge queen by any means. However, she’s definitely sitting on the court as part of the bloodline of grunge royalty.
Jennie Vee is perhaps the perfect mix of melancholy rock, balanced with edgy dream pop. She will soon hit us with her next EP due out October 15th, but until that day arrives, check out the video for “Kiss the Dust.” This vid has some major dark fashion cues we all need to take from the beautiful hooded Jennie Vee hangin’ in an eerie post apocalyptic vibe.
Take a listen and look-see for yourself with Jennie Vee’s new music video for “Kiss The Dust,” Directed by Katrin Albert, and then check out our Q&A below!
What’s it like being Courtney Love’s bassist?
I’ve been making my own music for years. It was because I had a body of work of videos and albums that Courtney was able to see what I was all about before we even met. Playing with her is a dream come true. I learned to play listening to “Live Through This” and being a part of her band is an honor. At the end of the day, it’s about the SONGS and Courtney is a stellar songwriter. It’s a true pleasure to play them. She is a total inspiration and so much fun to work with. The entire band and crew are simply the sweetest, most talented and kindest people I’ve ever toured with.
People have called you “the new Courtney Love,” how do you feel about that and what do you think she would have to say about that?
I know the articles you are referring to here and I think that sentiment is a lazy headline to get clicks and Courtney would probably agree. I don’t think I’m the new Courtney Love. She asked me to play with her because I’m ME, not a copycat.
Describe your sound.
I would describe my sound as painful/blissful nostalgia meets The Cure. It’s full of dichotomies. Sweet and bitter.
You’ve said that “Kiss the Dust” is about addiction, tell us more about that.
Kiss The Dust is about dysfunctional relationships and addiction from both sides. The “addict” in the traditional sense of a person struggling with substance abuse and the enabler or person who wants to “fix” them…who is in essence an addict themselves. The relationship does not have to be a romantic one, this song encompasses family, friends, colleagues and yes, lovers. It’s also about accountability for one’s actions, for STAYING in a toxic situation and realizing logically it is systematically destroying you.
Katrin Albert directed the video, where did the idea for the video come from?
Katrin: When Jennie sent me the new song, “Kiss the Dust”, it was a bedroom version video of her singing and playing and the lyrics and the feeling instantly drew me into it. I wanted to create something different from all the videos we’ve made so far. I decided to explore a person’s journey of reflecting upon a past relationship, searching for clues and insights within oneself, and finally conjuring the power to move on. I wanted to have ruins and all sorts of symbols in the video and so we ended up traveling to Virginia and shooting in abandoned hotel and it all came together. And, I finally got to bust out my drone.
If the song were on a movie soundtrack, what film would it be?
The film would be “The Virgin Suicides” and the scene would be where the boys and the sisters are driving blissfully away on a sun soaked road. I don’t want to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it, but let’s just say the boys are fixated on these sisters who later die in a suicide pact. The scene where they are all driving away is so happy and full of hope, but there is certain doom around the corner…much like enabling an addict.
What songs would you be into covering for a live audience?
“A Night Like This” by The Cure, “Common People” by Pulp and “The Killing Moon” by Echo & The Bunnymen.
How do you feel about fashion as an artist?
People are free to wear whatever they want, both men & women can choose to express themselves in their own unique fashion and I would hope that the music and integrity of the songs would surpass any focus on surface level factors — like “too much” clothing or a lack thereof.
You worked with some pretty big names who have also worked with Green Day and others on your EP, “Spying”?
Both Chris Lord-Alge and Paul Wilson found my music online and suggested collaborations. Hearing my own tracks (that I recorded & co-produced with Richey Rose in NYC) mixed by these legends was incredible. I still love listening to their mixes really loud! I have a new EP coming out next month! Stay tuned!
What’s it like working with the legendary brand, Fender guitars?
I have always exclusively played Fender guitars and basses.To be on their team is another true honor. My sound relies heavily on their craftsmanship. The new 2017 Mustang and Thinline Telecaster guitars are now a part of my collection and I can’t stop playing them!
Where and when can we rock out to you playing live?
I am supporting Echo & The Bunnymen in CA and AZ and one show in LA with *Mike Hindert (bassist from The Bravery).
Sept. 20 R Bar- LOS ANGELES, CA*
Oct. 9 Majestic Theater – VENTURA, CA
Oct. 10 Marquee – TEMPE, AZ
Oct. 11 Rialto Theater – TUCSON, AZ
Find out more about Kiss The Dust music Video director, Katrin Albert at www.katrinalbert.com