Photos – Julie Ruin at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 7 2016.
– photos by Pavel Boiko
The Julie Ruin on tour in Vancouver on Friday night.
The band is on tour for its second album, Hit Reset, released earlier this year. The evening’s set consisted mostly of songs from that record, as well as a cover of a song by Australian indie-rock singer Courtney Barnett. At one point during the show, Hanna became emotional over a comment from an audience member, who seemed to have asked about the Lyme disease which she contracted several years ago. There was no encore.
During the set, Hanna also paid tribute to opener Mecca Normal. She credited the Vancouver duo, consisting of Jean Smith (a visual artist as well) and David Lester (also a graphic novelist) and which formed in 1984, as an early influence on her decision to form a band. Mecca Normal released its first album in 1986, on its own label, smarten up!
Allison Crutchfield and her band the Fizz played the opening set. A debut full-length is expected from them early in 2017. Crutchfield released an EP, Lean Into It, in 2014.
Kathleen Hanna formed the Julie Ruin with Kathi Wilcox in 2010. Both had been members of Bikini Kill, a nineties band that grew out of the Olympia, Washington music scene and inspired the Riot Grrrl movement. Other members of The Julie Ruin include Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, and Kenny Mellman.
The band is named after an alias that Hanna adopted for her first solo album, which she released on Olympia label Kill Rock Stars in 1997. Hanna also released three albums with another band she helped form, Le Tigre (1999-2004). In 2013, she was the subject of a documentary called The Punk Singer. The Julie Ruin released its first album, Run Fast, in 2013.