In Greek mythology, the Sirens were known as dangerous and beautiful femme fatales who seduced many a sailor with their hypnotizing and beguiling vocal allure. In The B-52s, sister sirens Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson have been luring mariners and landlubbers alike for decades, captivating them with the many-faceted charms of their vocal prowess. The band’s new-wave and alt-rock classics include the beach-party dancefest of Rock Lobster, the festive come-hithering found at the infamous “tin roof… rusted!” Love Shack, the undeniable urge to explore in Roam, and the full-on elegiac positivity of Good Stuff.
It’s only taken Kate Pierson about four of those decades to step out from the band and emerge fully in front with her first-ever solo album, Guitars and Microphones (out today from Lazy Meadow Music/Kobalt Label Services on CD and digital services). The wait was well worth it. Produced by Tim Anderson (Ima Robot) and executive produced by the super-songstress Sia (Chandelier), G&M teems with energy, from the gender-pride-permeating Mister Sister to the emotional torch ballad Pulls You Under. “It took a long time, but I love it,” Pierson admits about finally flying solo. “Now I feel like I can take a lot more chances with my voice.”
Get the full Monty here: Interview: B-52s singer Kate Pierson on Guitars and Microphones