JULIA HALTIGAN IS A BOMBSHELL MUSICIAN WITH A BOOMING SOUND
Jun 29, 2016
Tying together the vocals of Nancy Sinatra and the timeless feeling of Old New York, Julia Haltigan’s cinematic vocals have encompassed the sound of the city for years. Haltigan, a member of a motorcycle girl-gang and all-around Tarantino-esque bombshell, just released her Hot Tears EP back in April featuring a mix of psychedelic melodies and smoky vocals.
While Haltigan primarily flies solo when it comes to her own music, she’s also a member of the band fka The Singles, led by Scarlett Johansson featuring Holly Miranda and Este HAIM, and a burgeoning musical trio called LUAN.
We caught up with Haltigan about her latest EP and owning her New York attitude. Plus, we’re premiering Haltigan’s trippy video for her ballad “Beneath The Mushroom Cloud” below: a track that makes her sound like Jenny Lewis mixed with Debbie Harry.
On her latest EP: We did this EP all in-house. It was me and the band. It was more authentic. I think we were able to get my true sound on this record because we’ve been playing together for so long. We knew what we were going for without explaining it to a producer.
Hot Tears’ influences: For me, I think the common thread and influence in my life is a classic New York bombshell and adventurous vibe. So, a lot of [Quentin] Tarantino or James Bond films with that classic New York, Blondie and Lou Reed attitude. There’s a timelessness to it.
On taking her sound in a different direction: I feel like we stayed somewhat consistent, but we opened some doors. It’s hard to say. As an artist, I get very excited about lots of things and want to try them all out. I think that’s why I have so many bands and music projects going on. I think we got to the bottom of my aesthetic with this record. When you have that foundation, you can take it from there.
Favorite songs on the EP: That’s easy: they’re all my favorites because there are only five. I feel like the song “Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts” really set the tone for the record. It’s the song I felt like ties it together. It’s got a James Bond-feeling to it. It’s very groovy. Another aesthetic I like to play with lyrically is the idea of strength vs. vulnerability. Money is my New York attitude coming out. The aggressive, unapologetic rocker on the record. It’s got the biggest balls. There are a few great ballads. “Beneath The Mushroom Cloud” isn’t the greatest commercial hook I’ve ever written, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s got the apocalypse in there.
Musicians she admires: I really like Tame Impala. I love Vetiver and Phosphorescent. I’m liking a lot of more electronic music like Glass Animals.
What’s up next for the musician: I think I’m going to be releasing a handful of singles over the summer or maybe even another EP. I feel a lot less precious about a full-length or an EP. I kind of want to just keep releasing new material. I’m ready to let things come out in the next few months and connect with people and bands.