June 22, 2024

PREMIERE: K Michelle DuBois meshes ecstatic pop with college rock on “Waves Break”

We’ve previously introduced you to Atlanta-based indie pop artist K Michelle DuBois with her latest but always timely solo album “Harness“. She’s back again to thrill us with her lively summer single “Waves Break“. Score one for all the fans of artists like Luscious Jackson, Cindy Lauper, Jenny Lewis, early Duran Duran, Juliana Hatfield Three, Liz Phair and The B-52’s. The video itself represents fun and frolicking beach affair that makes you want to jump in – not only in the ocean but to emerge ourselves in her forthcoming album, which will be released later this year. 

We fully went for a surfy new-wave vibe with layers of percussion. Waves Break began with a fascination with fearlessness in people (especially females) who love surfing, skateboarding or any sport where they get beat up and dive right back in,” says K Michelle Dubois, and adds  “The lyrics evolved to be metaphorical as well as staying on topic while blending in double-meaning wordplay – ‘I keep you close to my chest’ and ‘you know where the sharks prey’. The instrumentation of Waves Break has an early Duran Duran, Bowie, Gang of Four vibe.” 

This new single follows up her third solo release ‘Harness’, as well as the singles ‘Wild Weed’, ‘Orchid’ and ‘Love and Only Love’. DuBois also recently collaborated with Wales-based post-punk dreampop artist Lights That Change on the single ‘Untold’.


While most of DuBois’ solo output intertwines classic power-pop with 90s college rock, ‘Harness’ boasts a heftier sonic tone than her previous album ‘Astral Heart’ (2016) with its bouncy rhythms, jangly guitars and sing-song charm. Based in Atlanta, GA, Dubois’ counts Blondie’s ‘Autoamerican’ and Divinyls among her influences, along with Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Fever Ray. DuBois’s live band includes Chandler Rentz (drums), Jim Prible (bass), André Griffin (keys) and Dan Dixon (guitar), who also recorded, produced and mastered this album at RCDC studio in Atlanta.

K Michelle DuBois got into music very young, building harmonies to pass the time during the family’s frequent road trips. DuBois began writing her own material as a teenager in Nashville after receiving a bass guitar for Christmas. She crafted her early songs on bass, a Yamaha synthesizer and a drum machine in her parents’ four-track studio, but a flood of creative possibilities came upon discovering open-tuning on acoustic guitar, thereafter solidifying her commitment to songwriting. 

After forming her first band Ultrababyfat and releasingSilver Tones Smile” (1998), the group’s infectious pop-punk sound garnered national attention, leading to opening slots for numerous noteworthy acts Pavement and PJ Harvey, and a 2001 stint on The Warped Tour as one of the few female-led bands showcased in the festival’s lineup. After the band disbanded in 2005, DuBois formed Luigi to explore her more progressive, art-rock leanings. After seven years together and ample critical acclaim, she re-emerged as a solo artist under the tempered guidance of producer Ben Price at Studilaroche, releasing her debut album ‘Lux Capone’ in 2012. DuBois also contributes vocals for Atlanta-based dream-gaze collective Parsons Rocket Project.

photo by Ally Land

As of June 28 “Waves Break” is available at online stores, such as iTunes, and streaming platforms such Spotify. Her 2018 ‘Harness’ album can also be obtained directly from the artist via Bandcamp, and her ‘Untold’ collaboration can be found via Lights That Change’s Bandcamp. On Saturday, Jun 29, Atlanta’s Buteco will be hosting a special event to reveal K Michelle DuBois‘ new video for “Waves Break“. It runs from 2-5pm EST with showings at 3 and 4 pm.

Recorded at RCDC in Peoplestown, Atlanta, GA.USA
Guitars, Production – Dan Dixon
Vocals, Keys, Co-production – KMD
Drums, Percussion – Chandler Rentz

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