Sunday, July 15, 2012
Jen Schande: SF Post-Riot Grrrl Releases "19", a Concept Record Inspired by Michelle Tea's "Valencia"
For 19: Songs For & Inspired By Valencia Chapter 19, Schande utilizes her full ownership of 1990’s indie rock – where mood, tone and angular guitars weave a narrative of attitude, wandering, wondering, lust and upheaval. Schande’s unwavering attention to musicianship and composition can be heard clearly as every note rings out in pure intention, belying an understanding between writer and subject matter.
In describing her album, Schande reveals, “There was something incredibly liberating about reading Tea’s work – I found her unyielding honesty with owning her experiences explosive. Drawing on my own memories and the ability to be submerged in freedom of expression, creating music in response to Chapter 19 was effortless and this record in many ways wrote itself. Consequently, the songs in part convey Michelle’s experiences, in part recall my own, and in many ways are a tribute to both the bridges and spaces between the two.”
Valencia is now being reworked for the big screen and promises to be an exciting venture, with each chapter filmed by a different director and different casts. Among those involved with the film are Michelle Tea herself, Margaret Cho, Jill Soloway and many others. In addition to scoring Chapter 19, Schande also offers her talents for a song featured in Chapter 10. The film has already gained support by SF Magazine and Curve and is currently being shopped around for Summer 2012 film festivals.