KiNG MALA is an alternative Soul artist based in Los Angeles. AKA Areli Castro, the El Paso born musician pens songs which touch on themes from lust, sexuality and badass femininity. Not afraid to spill her guts, the songwriter set out with the hopes to spark confidence in both herself and her listeners, creating music that will make you walk taller and speak louder. Both her music and visuals experiment with masculine tropes, sharing "There's something about taking something traditionally masculine and wearing it as a woman that makes me feel really powerful." These masculine threads weave throughout everything she does, hence King rather than Queen and "MALA" which roughly translates to "bad bitch" in Spanish. Sharing her feelings from the bottom of her heart KiNG MALA encourages you to dig deep and connect with your inner-self. Life is messy and we shouldn’t feel ashamed to show our emotions and speak our minds.
Following KiNG MALA's hit release, "she calls me daddy" - her latest is titled “mercy”. The song focuses on the juxtaposition between bad habits and remorse from old behavior when she was growing. Lyrically shedding light on battling mental illness while balancing hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies. She confides, “I have said things I will regret forever and every day I search for the good within me and search for the proof that those things are not who I really am. Sometimes all you can do is forgive yourself and look for the good... that's what this song means to me.”
The music video for "mercy" is set to be premiered on youtube July 23rd at 6pm!
IG & Twitter: @kingmalamusic
Images by @jadesdlr & @conner_sorensen
Rod Wendt, Brie Deux and Michelle Primiani began playing music together in Tampa, FL in 2017 and shortly thereafter found their missing piece, Justin Burns, to form the modern dystopian bliss that is Glove. The stylish and magnetic 4-piece group underscores the best of the 1980’s synthetic New Wave sound with a contemporary Rock n’ Roll edge that is sure to propel the band to the forefront of the Alternative Rock genre.
The fresh release coming from Glove, "Behaviour" is the second single off of their forthcoming album. Singer and Guitarist, Rod Wendt recently told spoke on the track, “We transformed our living room into an immersive cloud space for this live video experience. 'Behaviour' is about a static reaction to operate and perform as you’re told – a chain reaction of words and expressions.”
IG & Twitter: @glovetheband
Glove Tour Dates
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean w/ White Reaper
Monday, September 20, 2021 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ White Reaper
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - Ashbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony w/ White Reaper
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Brooklyn, NY - Sultan Room
Friday, September 24, 2021 - Washington, DC - DC9
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle w/ White Reaper
Tuesday, October 21, 2021 - Savannah, GA - District Live w/ White Reaper
Friday, October 22, 2021 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees
Sunday, October 24, 2021 - Lexington, KY - The Burl w/ White Reaper
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - Austin, TX - Levitation Fest
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