Berlin based Phoebe Killdeer made her musical debut as a collaborator, working alongside the likes of, amongst a whole host of others, Basement Jaxx and Parisian new-wave collective Nouvelle Vague. Having made quite the name for herself in this world, she’s now returning to make herself known on her own terms, as the feisty and adroit leader of Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws.
The band made their way to British shores back in January to headline the Green Door Store as part of Brighton’s Vive La France! festival. The resulting rapturous show was akin to what I’d imagine would happen if Juliette Lewis were to go on a dinner date with Jon Spencer; there was a sultry starter, a wildly exciting, energetic main course and a full serving of passion for dessert.
A performer in every sense, Killdeer fills her shows with drama, humour and barrels full of blusey attitude, but she’s very adept at containing her infectious passion for the band’s quieter moments, as she did when she and her Short Straws headed down to Brighton beach to film this sumptuous version of ‘The Fade Out Line’.
Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws will release their second album Innerquake through Kwaiden Records on the 2 April and will play London’s Dingwalls on the 29 March to mark the release.