Grace McKagan

Grace McKagan

Grace McKagan may have been cutting her teeth with her synth-pop-punk band The Pink Slips the past two years, but she’s been waiting for the right time to go solo. Now 23, McKagan has grown up a lot since the formation of the L.A.-based five-piece and she’s finally ready for the world to know it. While listeners may have gotten used to McKagan’s affinity for a harder sound, her solo foray sees her scaling back, leaving the hard rock and punk sound The Pink Slips coined behind. Instead, the singer embraces an amalgamation of alt-rock and ‘60s garage rock, playing with sultry melodies and more vulnerable songwriting. Traces of the artists who influenced McKagan, like Iggy Pop, The Kills and Nancy Sinatra, are weaved throughout her songs. But McKagan’s dark, signature sound keeps her music original and inspired. Introducing McKagan’s solo work is “Surrender,” a dark, triumphant lullaby. Chronicling a gamut of heartbreak, she had experienced, “Surrender” serves as a reminder to McKagan of the person she was before -- confident, driven and “a bad bitch.” As McKagan calls herself a “slick sweet samurai,” she gives into the character and ends up rediscovering herself. Along with McKagan’s lead single, she will release a video, where McKagan performs live, covered in butterflies. Signaling a new chapter for McKagan, the butterflies represent metamorphosis and allow her to leave the past versions of herself behind. Like her shows with The Pink Slips, McKagan is hyper-focused on her live performance: an ethereal experience where she blacks out and gets lost in the music. McKagan was born to be a rock star, and this is just the beginning.