In 1997, riot grrrl legend Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) released a solo album under the name Julie Ruin, hoping someday to find a band to play the songs live. She finally assembled her dream team in 2010 as The Julie Ruin, with her ex-Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox on bass; Kenny Mellman (half of the legendary punk cabaret act Kiki and Herb) on keys; actor, filmmaker, and musical juggernaut Carmine Covelli on drums; and, Sara Landeau, who Kathleen met while through the Rock Camp for Girls, killing it on guitar. The Julie Ruin brings a strong, tight musical backbone to Hanna’s iconic vocals. Run Fast—their debut album as a band—spans topics from euthanasia to cookies and will be released in September 2013.
“Kathleen Hanna Shares Details of Her Band Julie Ruin’s Collaboration With James Murphy“, Jenn Pelley, Pitchfork.com, December 10, 2012.