LENNY ZENITH |POP COMBO | ETHEREAL UK | LITTLE QUEENIE | THE REVOLVER
XYYX’s debut release! Out.Com said about Lenny, “…has crafted a legacy in rock and roll as one of the genre’s first true transgender rock stars.”
PopMatters called the song “Suddenly Someone”, a tune that crackles with the energy of glam, the spirit of punk and carries a little more lyrical heft than your average two-minute tune. “
Paste Mag – says, “…Lenny’s mere existence sends a loud message to the world. This transgender artist transitioned in his teen years, a move that presaged the confident steps he would take later on as he moved to New Orleans and New York to put his stamp on the punk and noise rock scenes.”
NEW ALBUM July, 2020 – BLUE VELVET TRACES
In the mid- to late 70s, when new wave and post punk were night-crawling through the New Orleans music scene, Lenny Zenith transformed his popular punk band RZA into the power-pop and new wave influenced Pop Combo with structure, chords, melody & storytelling. Songwriting that grew out of Lenny’s formative years at NOCCA and the punk angst of his & local frontwoman Becky Kury’s band RZA laid the groundwork for Pop Combo’s deliberate pop-pretty melodies. Over food and drink with original member & bass player Gary, Pop Combo was named with a side glance to a relatively unknown British band from Liverpool. POP COMBO >>
Ethereal is the work of Swedish born Thai transgender solo artist Waritsara ‘Yui’ Karlberg. The stage name itself exudes the kind of music — mainly ambient electronica combined with a ‘haunting ambient head voice’ strongly influenced by the likes of Anonhi (Anthony & The Johnsons), London Grammar and Portishead.
Her lyrics raise awareness of certain aspects such as depression, anxiety, Aspergers Syndrome and her own experiences of what it’s like being a transgender woman. As of July 9th, she will be signed to a US label called XYYX Records and looking forward to releasing her debut single ‘Restless Mind’ on July 16th and her debut album on September 15th
She has been in many bands, performed solo writing songs since the age of 15, and after hearing Bon Iver’s debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ she decided it was time to come up with a new sound which recently evolved into Ethereal UK.
Audiences are captivated by the gorgeous, deeply personal songs, supported by her multi-instrumental skills combining some songs with violin, a dulcimer type instrument called an anuntar, or a Thai traditional guitar called a pin, as well as her head voice.
“An inspiring artist with hauntingly beautiful vocals…” – Rock The Pigeon
Shortly after her first birthday, New Orleans native Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris was humming entire lullabies back to her parents; six months later, she’d added the lyrics, “…and I haven’t ever really shut my face since,” she told journalist-poet John Sinclair in a 1999 interview.
Sharing billing with early hometown mentors like Allen Toussaint, Dr John, The Meters, and Professor Longhair at legendary local nightclubs, recording studios, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival from the time she was a teenager, she later went on to perform live and on disc from sea to sea with often wildly diverse acts, including BB King, Elvis Costello, Sun Ra, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Guess Who, Bonerama, Wynton, Branford, Delfayeo & Jason Marsalis, Odetta, They Might Be Giants, The Gospel Soul Children, CC Adcock, Harry Connick Jr,Buckwheat Zydeco, The Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Astral Project, Pete Seeger, Asleep at the Wheel, Michael Wolff’s Impure Thoughts,Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roomful of Blues, Taj Mahal, Li’l Band o’Gold, NRBQ, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryan Ferry,and Delbert McClinton.
Working with funk, jazz, blues, folk, pop, and rock artists from all over everywhere, she’s provided music for film and television in the US and Europe, including the acclaimed HBO series Treme; produced and recorded 3 albums of her own, and contributed to countless others as a performer, composer, producer, babysitter, psychiatrist, beauty consultant, love broker, phamacologist, and diplomatic ambassador.
Now relocated to North Carolina, she has joined forces with artists of all stripes in her adopted region, and continues to surprise, disarm, and blow away new audiences, carrying musician and listener alike with her through the music of her roots, beyond the swamps, and into the 21st century.
While Leigh is currently on a challenging journey, she is fighting valiantly — squeezing every ounce of joy life still offers.
“Pioneering indie-rocker Lenny Zenith teamed up with a young, mysterious Indian DJ/composer known only as ‘The Revolver’ for a sexy cool, electronic dance track titled “Lost In Space.”
An implausible collaboration and friendship occurred after these two gentlemen met on-line in an EDM collaboration board. The duo agreed to set about finishing the instrumental the The Revolver had written.
Zenith wrote the lyrics, melody and added the vocals in his friend James Pertusi’s (Perry Serpa, d.b. reilly) studio. The final song was mixed and mastered by notable NYC EDM composer/producer Justin Mathews (Motor Motor) who has worked with artists such as Tiqo and Sybilla among others.
Because he is still finishing his studies, all we know about The Revolver is his name–Shreyash and that he lives in Mumbai, India. He’s pursuing very difficult course-work for the time being, and describes himself as; “a very awkward and shy person. I’m still learning how to make music and getting a chance to collaborate with a legendary rock artist is just crazy! Getting a chance to work with someone who has put years into making music is amazing!” he says. Shreyash says making music always helps him get rid of stress.
He started producing music at the age 15 when he first heard “Animal” by Martin Garrix. He’s never released any songs but always hoped to one day be signed by a label like Monstercat etc. If you’re gonna dream, DREAM BIG!
While outside of Zenith’s usual ‘indie rock’ wheelhouse, he says he really enjoys EDM and the duo plan on collaborating more and possibly releasing an entire album as time allows. Zenith filmed the video with help of renowned NYC photographer Eva Mueller, and edited it himself to give it the goofy 80s ‘cable access’ vibe.
Lenny Zenith released his debut solo album (What If The Sun) on XYYX Records in June of 2018 to wide acclaim and was written up in Paste, Billboard, Atwood Magazine, and Pop Matters among other blogs and zines. Lenny has opened for Iggy Pop, U2 and Gang of Four in the past.
He says, “I really hope to meet Shreyash one day, shake his hand and thank him in person for such a great track!”