Tearist – Live On KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles (2010)
Tearist is a duo from Los Angeles formed in 2009 by singer and percussionist Yasmine Kittles and William Strangeland on synths and programming. I’ve always been a fan of the Suicide and Throbbing Gristle sound and the influences here are pretty obvious.
The videos below show the duo performing live on L.A.-based KXLU 88.9 FM two years ago. Yasmine Kittles just owns it. She jumps, she screams. She plays with the delay knobs like nobody’s business and smashes one piece of metal on top of another. Her force is powerful, raw and obvious – one could say almost brutal – yet she retains emotions and passion for it all. Forget the ‘hipster’ kind of crap or any attempts to classify where or how this music sits with you. Just let go and enjoy…