Fierce and fiery, a no-nonsense firestarter, Alison Mosshart is hardly a stranger to taking chances. Best known as one-half of the acclaimed duo The Kills, when she’s not moonlighting as Baby Ruthless, the gnarly lead singer of blues-punk foursome The Dead Weather, Mosshart is a forever moving force.
Over the years she’s collaborated with everyone from her Dead Weather bandmate Jack White to the Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Gang Of Four, Cage The Elephant, Foo Fighters, James Williamson and Mini Mansions. But her new and boldest move yet finds her embracing her solo bonafides. Today, she releases the first solo single of her already impressive career.
“Rise” is a searing, slow-burner recorded for, and prominently featured in today’s season finale episode of the Facebook Watch scripted drama “Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones” from Blumhouse Television. It can also be heard throughout the 10-episode series performed by series stars Jordan Alexander (“Elsie”), Emily Alyn Lind and Siobhan Williams (“Cherry Falls Jane Does”) and Antonique Smith (“Wendy”). The track is available now on Domino Records.
“Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones” is produced by Blumhouse Television, with executive producer/showrunner Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”, “Jessica Jones”) and executive producer Scott Winant (“Fargo”, “My So Called Life”).
Also serving as executive producers on behalf of Blumhouse Television are Jason Blum, Marci Wiseman, and Jeremy Gold. The series stars Juliette Lewis, Ryan Kwanten, Jordan Alexander, and Kristin Bauer.
Listen to “Rise” HERE.
Alison Mosshart is currently hunkered down at her Nashville home and has used this period of social isolation to teach herself video editing, pulling together some of her favorite footage from a recent visit to Los Angeles and editing it into a video for the song. You can check out the video for the song below.
For Mosshart, releasing individual singles under her name is a new experience but an entirely thrilling one. It makes sense: Mosshart has been compiling a bank of unreleased music for more than a decade now. It was back in 2013 when Mosshart first wrote the initial sketch of “Rise,” which finds the singer intoning “When the sky is falling/ and the sun is black/when the sky is coming down on ya/baby don’t look back/we will rise.” Recalls Mosshart: “I didn’t ever forget it. I remember right where I was when I wrote it, sitting at my desk in London, missing someone badly.” When the Sacred Lies team then sought out her skills for a signature song, she knew “Rise” had the right kind of vibe. “Rise” was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Lawrence Rothman.
For a multi-disciplinary artist like Mosshart — whose paintings have been shown in galleries across the world, and who recently published her first book, CAR MA, a collection of her art, photography, and writing that doubles as a love letter to automobiles – working on a variety of projects, now including her own music, is exactly how she likes it. Currently, she is working with Jamie Hince on the next Kills record and dreams of the day in the hopefully not so distant future, (pandemic-willing) when they’ll be back on the road with exciting new music to share.