K.Flay has announced her upcoming full-length studio album, MONO, out September 15th via GIANT Music. K.Flay co-produced the entire LP, co-wrote with a number of talented folks, including Jason Suwito, Jeoff Harris, Dave Hammer, Pink Slip, and Paul Meany, who executive produced the album. Marking her first full-length for GIANT Music, the announcement also arrives alongside the album’s second single, “Shy“. Listen to it now below.
Speaking about the song, K.Flay said, “In my music, I’m so comfortable being loud and brazen, but in my personal life, I can be a bit shy. Especially when it comes to romantic relationships. I wrote this song after I’d just met my (now) girlfriend. And I sent it to her out of the blue. I guess I only know how to flirt through songs? It worked though. Dave Hammer produced this one and he and I have this crazy energy between us. I think when we get together to make music we’re able to disregard the ‘shoulds’ and be purely creative together. A lot of the guitar parts were just freestyle takes, us messing around. but there was a wildness to them that hit us both in the right places.”
“Shy” follows the previously released and riveting lead single “Raw Raw,” which has more than 1 million streams and is currently making it’s the way up the alternative radio chart, where it just cracked the Top 35.
The album title MONO is a nod to K.Flay’s new sensory reality, having gone completely and suddenly deaf in her right ear at the end of last summer due to a rare condition called SSNHL (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss) and Labyrinthitis. She was forced to cancel her fall tour and contemplated not making music anymore. After undergoing a variety of unsuccessful treatments, she embraced the difficult journey ahead, and through the process, discovered a renewed sense of creativity. K.Flay went to work and, in a matter of months, created what she considers to be her most experimental and realized studio album to date.
In addition to “Shy” and “Raw Raw,” the new LP delivers honest and thought-provoking songs such as “In America” which tackles guns, drugs, and police violence in an upbeat pop tune. Other noteworthy songs on the 14-track MONO are the industrial electronic rock banger “Irish Goodbye” featuring Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes and “Punisher” – which has K.Flay exploring the demons inside her own psyche.
Of the album, she said, “I started making this record as a person with two working ears. I finished it with only one. This is also the first record for which, from start to finish, I was sober. ‘MONO’ is about navigating loss, about looking your aloneness in the eye and deciding not to drink or vape or have sex or watch a television show, but to stand there and accept it, to understand its power there is only one person on this earth with your mind, your creativity, your perspective. You’re a first and last pressing. A 1 of 1 and 1 is a scary number but life is scary and funny. And sad. And beautiful. I hope this record is a reminder of that, and how we are all experiencing our aloneness together.”
With MONO K.Flay shows the world that obstacles can also become opportunities and it often comes down to how you approach it. No stranger to life’s difficulties, K.Flay has been very vocal about her struggles over the years, from her father’s death at age 14 due to addiction, to her 2021 breakup, to her choice to become sober, to her recent sudden and unexpected hearing loss.
Catch K.Flay on a co-headlining tour of the US with grandson now.
US Tour Dates
June 8 @ Skull’s in Columbus, OH
June 9 @ St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI
June 10 & 11 @ House of Blues in Chicago, IL
June 12 @ Palace Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
June 13 @ The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
June 15 @ The Admiral in Omaha, NE
June 16 @ The Factory in St Louis, MI
June 17 @ Boulevardia Fest in Kansas City, MO
June 19 @ Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
June 20 @ The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
June 22 @ Revolution in Boise, ID
June 23 @ Showbox SoDo in Seattle, WA
June 24 @ Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
June 26 @ The Warfield in San Francisco, CA
June 27 @ the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
June 29 @ The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
UK / EU Tour Dates
Sept 20 @ Hybrydy in Warsaw, Poland
Sept 22 @ Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany
Sept 23 @ Melkweg MAX in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 25 @ Meetfactory in Prague, Czech Republic
Sept 26 @ Luxor in Cologne, Germany
Sept 28 @ Flex in Vienna, Austria
Sept 29 @ Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany
Oct 2 @ Gorilla in Manchester, UK
Oct 3 @ Brixton Electric in London, UK