Kelsey Reckling: I think the best show I ever saw was X at The Roxy in December 2016.
They did four nights at the Roxy, each night playing one of their first four albums. I went to Wild Gift night because that’s one of my favorite records of all time.
The amount of times I’ve burned through that record…
I’ve seen X play twice before in 2012 and 2014, both in Austin, TX, for a music festival and during SXSW.
But I think seeing them in an intimate club like that, in Los Angeles, was just somethin’ really special for me since I grew up in Houston, Texas listening to a lot of Southern California punk music, wishing I was in that scene…but that sort of thing didn’t exist in Houston in the 90s-2000s.
Reckling Recalls Xcellent show: Reckiling’s Human Nature EP is out now.
When Kelsey Reckling was a teen stringing guitar melodies together in her Houston, Texas bedroom, the idea of putting out music felt like a faraway dream. It wasn’t ‘til she uprooted to Los Angeles that her fledgling songs came into fruition.
Influenced by a long-time obsession with punk, DIY, grunge, blues, and rock, and with the LA scene as a backdrop, her music began to take shape. In 2018, Reckling hit the ground running with her self-produced debut album, featuring nine hooky tracks full of unapologetic punk-rock licks that elicit the repeat-treatment.
This gave Reckling the confidence she needed to kick her stage-fright to the curb. She formed a high energy band featuring LA alum rockers Max Kuehn (FIDLAR) on drums, Joey Mullen(Paramore/HalfNoise) on bass, and Erik Jimenez (Together Pangea) on guitar. With a raw output that is nothing short of chaotic good, the live shows took on a lifeforce of their own. In just a few short years the band was playing alongside Vivian Girls, T.S.O.L., Bleached and more notable acts.
Kelsey continues to write songs that sway between the diaristic and abstraction, the raucous and melodic… all felt on her latest four-track EP Human Nature. Without a doubt, Reckling’s music is here to disrupt the narrative.”
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