The EP and film both served as cathartic expressions of grief after the dissolution of a nine-year relationship. Says Kera “what it showed me even during the process of filming it and editing it and finishing the film was that there’s a lot of habits from trauma that I’ve kind of gathered through the years that I needed to unlearn,” they said. “I realized that I need to unlearn these things in order to have more meaningful relationships.”
While making this body of work, Armendariz also felt a strong desire to embrace themselves and embrace their queer identity. Acknowledging that people often misgender them upon first meeting, Kera has decided to try to use these opportunities as moments to start a conversation.
In April Kera will tour with Y La Bamba for a run of West Coast dates (all dates below). Later in 2018, they will release a collaboration with Devendra Banhart– more details to come!
KERA 2018 TOUR DATES
April 11 – Kalabash School of Music + the Arts – La Jolla, CA
April 12 – Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
April 13 – Noise Pop Presents at Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
April 14 – Governor’s Cup – Salem , OR
April 15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
April 18 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Praise for KERA:
“Masterful baring-of-the-soul from the always-animated Kera Armendariz… infused with echoes of the romantic pop classics of the ’50s and ’60s.”
“hard to describe…a blending of various different sonic elements that result in a uniquely beautiful sound.”
“For a few years now, Kera & the Lesbians have built a reputation as one of the best live acts in Los Angeles, thanks mainly to the irrepressible energy of their front woman.”