Posted in interviews | metal | music | tour dates on February 21, 2012

by BBG

Christian Mistress
Christian Mistress

With not only the sound of early NWOBHM, but more importantly some of the fire that propelled those legendary bands, Christian Mistress are preparing to release their follow-up to the well-received Agony & Opium (which was released via 20 Buck Spin in 2010). Possession, due 2/28, is the band's second LP and first due for new home Relapse, and you can stream three songs including the title track which makes its first appearance here. Listen to "Black Gold", "Haunted Hunted", and "Possession" below.

We also sat down with the woman behind the soaring voice of Christian Mistress, Christine Davis, to discuss their new label home and LP, early Scorpions, and their upcoming date with Roadburn. The results, and all song streams, are below.


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Your vocals are smoky and muscular, and with a fair amount of vibrato. They remind me of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane fame, another female fronted band with an all male cast behind her. A lot of your influences are clear, but how much of an influence is early Jefferson Airplane and possibly late-60s psychedelia on the Christian Mistress sound?

CHRISTINE: 'Smoky and muscular' Just like me! Ha, well I like Grace Slick and would rather be compared to her than say, Geddy Lee but I don't think I have ever listened to Jefferson Airplane much. It is however, such a hard question because I have been listening to so much different music for such a long time as have all the other members of Christian Mistress. But since the topic is 60s psychedelia, I can tell you that I really love some of the 60's 70's psychedelic music such as the Serge Gainsbourg psychedelic recordings, Areski and Bridgette Fontaine, and the 13 Floor Elevators, Shocking Blue would be more of an influence than Jefferson Airplane, . However, that is pretty much the extent of my listening there and I would be very pleased if any of those musical projects were inadvertently influencing me. Most of my influence as a singer comes from punk bands I loved and still love such as the Italian crust punk band Contropotere and of course the obvious - early Iron Maiden. Also, I love the kind of chanting, droning sound that singers like Micheal Gira from the Swans puts to songs. Also, I am influenced by singers that do not hold back and have resigned themselves to fully letting go on stage such as Diamanda Galas.

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Looking in the rearview, what are your thoughts on Agony & Opium? What are things you might have changed if hindsight was 20/20?

In my mind Agony & Opium was the perfect first LP for Christian Mistress. We took those six songs and set them to vinyl in a very true and honest representation of what we were as a band at the time. We had absolutely no expectations that anyone would ever hear it or for that matter, like it at all. We had no budget. I think the whole thing cost us 500 dollars to record and we of course, paid for it ourselves. I love everything about it and it will always be that fast, furious classic CM record. We didn't have any clue that we would get to make a second LP. For Christian Mistress, it has always been - No expectations and take things as they come. In that way, we remain fresh, excited, in-tuned to the music and each other.

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Christian Mistress art for Possession

Agony & Opium was well-received upon its release. What were your goals heading into the studio for Possession? How much of the material was existing vs created in the time between the last release and the studio time?

Our goals for Possession were to get a heavy guitar sound and still use analog equipment. We took the same spirit into the studio for Possession as for Agony & Opium, but we had more time and more material for this record so it felt more involved. Most of the material for Possession was completely written four months before we went into the studio. Much of it came directly after Agony & Opium. The song that set the vibe for the record was All Abandon. It was the first song written for it and became our guide to the style for the rest of the record.

You recently signed with Relapse. What prompted the move from 20 Buck Spin?

We were completely happy working with 20 Buck Spin, however, we were ready to release another record faster than they were ready to. Their release schedule was already full and we wanted some kind of recording budget which we did not have for Agony and Opium -we paid 500 dollars for that recording. Anyways, they were willing to give us a budget but not until much later than we had planned. Meanwhile, we had offers from other labels, the most simple, straightforward and to our taste coming from Relapse. It was just a matter of circumstance. Dave from 20 Buck Spin is still our bud and we will forever be grateful for his early involvement in our band.

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Christian Mistress at Acheron (more by BBG)
Christian Mistress

Do you all currently maintain full time jobs and if so what are they? What advice do you have to creative individuals that are juggling a full-time job and a potentially full-time career in art?

Uh well, it is fucking hard. For example, every member except for myself works at the local pizzeria. When we go out of town, it puts a strain on the business. I don't know how they work it out, I guess a lot of people have to cover shifts. I used to work there too and it just got too crazy.

Last year I left town for almost 6 months to work in the mountains in California and everyone in the band was totally understanding but it sucked for them because they had to practice without me for a long time. I was working in a remote back country area of the Sierra Nevadas. I hiked out of my job halfway through to record Possession in Grass Valley, California and then hiked back to the job to finish it directly after finishing recording. I had a total of 10 days off to hike out (2 days each way), drive to the studio, record, and hike back in. So, I would have to say, to balance working and being in a time consuming project such as a band, you have to be willing to sacrifice a normal existence in order to keep a direct line to what is ultimately important to you. For me, as a singer, it is having the incredible opportunity to sing my guts out with Christian Mistress.

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Scion Rock Fest 2011: Christian Mistress "Desert Rose"

Scion Rock Fest 2011: Christian Mistress "Blackout"

Any plans to hit the road in the coming months?

Yes, we are touring for one month in April 2012 across Europe and appearing at Roadburn. We will definitely head out on a US tour in 2012 and can't wait especially to play New York again, our show at the Acheron was so killer.

You guys are confirmed for Roadburn 2012. Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

We are touring Europe before and after Roadburn - before with Hammers of Misfortune and after with Black Breath. If we get to hang around the festival much, I would love to see bands that I don't usually get to see here in the United States, but it is hard for me to pass up the opportunity to see Yob play the Catharsis album because it just never ceases to blow me away.

You have received word through your agent that the world's most perfect Christian Mistress tour is in the works. You will play first on a bill of three. Who are the two bands that will play after you? Why is this tour so perfect for you?

Well, the year is 1972...

The Scorpions ca. 1972 - Can't get enough of that Lonesome Crow era Scorps and it has been my jam for a long time.

Lucifer's Friend ca. 1972 - I would love more than anything to get to hear "Ride the Sky" live.

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Lucifer's Friend: "Ride In The Sky"

Scorpions I'm Going Mad

CHRISTIAN MISTRESS - 2012 TOUR DATES
Feb 22 The Black Lodge Seattle, WA
Feb 24 Plan B Portland, OR
Mar 02 The Art Supply Gallery Olympia, WA
Apr 05 L'Orient Linköping, Sweden
Apr 11 Magasin 4 Brussels, Belgium
Apr 12 013 Stage01 Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 12 Roadburn Festival Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 21 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany

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Comments (49)

Linsanity > anything Christian.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 12:14 PM

sick shit, great vocals and geetar leeds

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 12:22 PM

Heshers

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 12:36 PM

"For example, every member except for myself works at the local pizzeria"

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 1:04 PM

oh shit. well, we know that she doesn't read the comment sections of BV. that's gonna be a tough one for the deliver my pizza commenters to get over.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 1:09 PM

I TOLD all of you. You tried to bicker and argue, but it was really just to make yourselves feel better.It is an undeniable fact, metal sausages work at pizzerias. That's just how the game goes. Now can you quit with this fake rock star nonsense and get my chicken roll over here all ready? It's been 40 minutes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 1:19 PM

^ true enough, but if anyone knew who you were, you'd be getting a lot of metal fromunda cheese on your next pie delivery.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 1:45 PM

the singer looks like she had one chicken role too many. sausage chicks = nastier than St. Vitus' men's room.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 1:49 PM

Those must be some pretty wild gangbangs they have in the back of that tour van.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 2:10 PM

I call a bait and switch on that chick singer - check out the top pic, then one of the lower pics. She either hit menopause between the two, or they ain't the same sausage mama.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 2:10 PM

"Uh well, it is fucking hard. For example, every member except for myself works at the local pizzeria. When we go out of town, it puts a strain on the business. I don't know how they work it out, I guess a lot of people have to cover shifts. I used to work there too and it just got too crazy."


The sausage bitch couldn't handle the craziness of the pizzeria. It was too much for her. lulz

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:22 PM

Linsanity is much better than all this

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 3:53 PM

hey 2:10 - I'll be damned - you're right! BBV - did they change singers?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 4:26 PM

some of those dudes look like chicks

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 5:27 PM

I fuckin love this band. I think the pizzeria shit is adorable. I can also offer a big hungry Fuck You to all the trust fundsters who have never used the words "work" and "ethic" together in the same sentence and will have the road to their dreams paved by mommy and daddy. You will die alone with nothing. Sport-trolling or no, you can all suck sausage and look in the mirror knowing you have bad taste.

Posted by Adam Murray | February 21, 2012 5:51 PM

Adam Murray's mad that his parents didn't love him. Sausage rock isn't going to earn your dad's respect Adam.

Now can you apply that work ethic of yours and get my meatball parm hero over here already?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:04 PM

Hey Adam Murray, just for you ...

8=========D~~~~~~~

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:11 PM

Adam Murray is definitely a chubby chaser.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:12 PM

Ah yes! shower me in sausage sauce! love you guys! xoxo

Posted by Adam Murray | February 21, 2012 6:20 PM

99% of sausage rock is made by dudes with daddy issues. Fact.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:24 PM

Man, BV is truly the glory hole of transcendental comment-posting. It's too bad though, sometimes i want to put a face on my sperm depository. Call me old-fashioned, but sometimes I crave that human touch that my daddy never gave me.

Posted by Adam Murray | February 21, 2012 6:44 PM

Michael Sosa <3 Adam Murray

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:48 PM

^draw a face on one of your tube socks Adam.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:48 PM

Adam & Metalheads in general, dressing like an asshole and listening to terrible music is not going to repair the past. Tattoos are not going to reclaim your bodies. You need to look into professional forms of therapy. Only then can the healing begin.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 6:59 PM

Adam is full of shit. He got the human touch from his dad. Usually after 5 beers, but still.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 7:08 PM

Most of you are assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 8:53 PM

"Not sure what has happened to Old School. Is it that hard to find polite employees???? For the past couple of visits, I feel I'm burdening the staff with my order. Customer Service will make or break a joint, no matter how tasty the food."

Have you tried the sausage?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 9:59 PM

oscar rules. good band, backed hard. fuck all you dumb trolls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 10:11 PM

"The pizza is good but the place is absolutely filthy. I wonder
The pizza is good but the place is absolutely filthy. I wonder how they pass inspection from the department of health."

Typical sausage. The place sounds like St. Vitus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 10:16 PM

Metal meatheads may be the absolute funnest sub-population to troll on BV. You assclowns really have thinner skins than a bitch on the rag. It truly never gets old. Thanks for the memories, fellas.

Posted by Your Daddy | February 21, 2012 10:32 PM

Wow...the girl in the very top photo looks NOTHING like the girl in the other pics!!!!!

Strange.


Dope band though, will be buying the cd and lp!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 10:53 PM

I wonder if the staff on Vinnie's has a band that Brooklyn Vegan can cover next?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 11:10 PM

Vinnie's in Greenpoint? Those guys look like stoners. There physical conditioning would strongly make me think that they very well could be leaning metal. I could see it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2012 11:14 PM

This band is just buttrock. No idea why people like this at all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 4:16 AM

First question of the interview: "So how was it being the backup band in the movie '
Almost Famous'?"

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 7:21 AM

Second question of the interview: "Smell my finger ... you smell that? It's pizza, right?"

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 7:30 AM

the poppa!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 12:11 PM

I haven't heard this yet, but I think a law should be passed that requires every pizzeria in the world to form a staff band, and they can all travel the world delivering delicious pizzas and awesome tunes, dude.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 1:02 PM

YES, it is the same girl in the photo on top. That's a new picture. She's lost weight since the older pics/videos were taken.

Who gives a fuck anyways, she has a wonderful, sultry voice. It's not like she wants to fuck any of you basement dwellers.

Posted by Rick | February 22, 2012 1:11 PM

^ yeah, she's too busy blowing the flannel mafia in the back of the van, and slinging crystal on the side - my kind of girl :roll

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 1:28 PM

Can I get that slice with seitan pepperoni and soy cheese, man?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 2:05 PM

Did I miss it- is it 1972? I'd say so by their look, which I happen to like but then I had a listen and zzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2012 5:06 PM

They would be much cooler if they sang about burning jews

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2012 2:48 AM

Can I get that slice with seitan pepperoni and soy cheese, man?

Posted by Souq | February 27, 2012 3:16 PM

what about sausages. Why do people mention this so much.

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 4:43 PM

haha, I forgot about this. The thread where the sausages really did work in a pizzeria.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2013 5:07 PM

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