Published on October 18th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Kira Roessler On The New “KIRA” Album, Finding Success In The Film World, Black Flag & More

A fixture in the early U.S. hardcore and punk scenes, Kira Roessler — known in the music world by the single-moniker Kira — helped shaped the sound to such influential bands as Waxx, the Visitors, Geza X and the Mommymen, the Monsters, Sexsick, Twisted Roots, Black Flag and dos. As former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins has said of Kira: “She was a mere slip of a woman, but physical size really didn’t matter. She was in one of the most ferocious bands at the peak of violence in that scene in the ’80s.” As if those credits were not enough, Kira is a 2-time Emmy Award Winner, having done work on Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker, A Star Is Born, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and Game Of Thrones Season 2.

The latest musical offering from Kira is the Kira album, as produced by Kira and Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) and will be released on October 19, 2021 via Kitten Robot Records. Kitten Robot Records was founded in 2018 by recording artist Josie Cotton and the aforementioned record producer, also releasing titles by Eddie Spaghetti & Frank Meyer, Dark Mark & Skeleton Joe, Hayley & The Crushers, Glitter Wizard, Candy Whips, and Velvet Starlings. The first single off Kira was “The Ghosts,” the music video of which premiered via Brooklyn Vegan on September 15, 2021.

On October 12, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kira via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond the new Kira album, we spoke about the early days of Black Flag and L.A. punk, how she wound up in the film world, hobbies outside of her career, and whether she listens to music while working. More on the Emmy Award-winning punk rock icon can be found by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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