“Unexpected turns in melody, bringing to mind Debbie Harry” – STEREOGUM
“Punk anger with a euphorically dreamy and mystical state of wonder” – LA WEEKLY
“Taleen Kali composes punk, psych, and synth rock all into a fireball of a project.”
– NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
“Joyful and expansive alt-rock with shades of Lush” – BANDCAMP
“Non-stop fuzz bombs taking a ride on a neutron star” – GRIMY GOODS
“Dark and danceable” – BUST MAGAZINE
“‘Tomorrow Girl’ is about finding your future self when the present isn’t cutting it. I wrote this song when I desperately wanted change. Sometimes when we want change we seek the wrong kind of love, we take drastic measures, we make dumb mistakes. This song is my dumb mistake. There are so many punk songs titled “____ Girl” and I wanted to write a song in that tradition from a female POV. So, it’s a song about a girl, but we don’t know if the subject of the song is a love interest or if it’s the narrator having an inner conflict, which I wanted to leave purposefully vague; an inherently queer song.” –Taleen Kali
Hailing from her native Los Angeles, Taleen Kali (she / they) composes romantic punk songs wrapped in layers of shoegaze, psychedelia, and grunge, creating a cosmic sound that’s dreamy and defiant alike. Influenced by melodies and imagery from her Armenian heritage and her parents’ birthplaces of Lebanon and Ethiopia, Kali fuses her lineage with sonics of the modern countercultures she grew up embracing, exploring everything from punk to Brit-pop. With fiery live sets and swirling sonics, her band has quickly become a staple in the L.A. music underground.
When Taleen’s band TÜLIPS went out with a bang at their final headline show at The Regent Theater in 2016, Taleen went solo, sharing bills and touring the country with indie luminaries such as Ex Hex, Alice Bag, and Seth Bogart. Her 2018 debut EP Soul Songs, produced by Kristin Kontrol (Dum Dum Girls), mixed by Brad Laner (Medicine), and recorded at Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Sound Studios, found Taleen’s riot grrrl ethos maturing into a polished, multifaceted punk sound with noise pop and new wave influences. Upon its release, Kali received praise from outlets like BUST Magazine and Stereogum, who likened her sound to a contemporary Blondie, and Soul Songs was included in Pitchfork’s Guide to Summer Albums and LA Weekly’s Best Indie Punk Albums. A year later, the band followed up with an unplugged version of the EP and covers of “Baby Love” by The Supremes and “#1 Crush” by Garbage, and Kali set off in 2020 to record a 2-song pandemic project called Changing with her TÜLIPS-era producer Greg Katz (Cheekface, LA Font).
A multi-hyphenate to the core, Kali is also the founder of experimental label Dum Dum Records and what The L.A. Times calls “cult favorite” DUM DUM Zine. A sound healer who often leads group meditations, she briefly pivoted from punk psychedelia in late 2021 for the release of her soundbath album Songs For Meditation. Her poetry, essays, and visual art have appeared in digital and international publications including The Onion, SPIN, Razorcake, Los Angeleno, and The Bushwick Review.
Kali and her band are currently gearing up for the release of their first full-length album, Flower Of Life, which they recorded at The Cave Studios in the winter of 2022 with producers Jeff Schroeder (The Smashing Pumpkins) and Josiah Mazzaschi (Bizou, Light FM, Child Seat). The title track debuted as the album’s first single on KEXP, garnering praise from Buzzbands LA and Grimy Goods, with the second single to follow in September. The band is doing a full U.S. tour this year in support of Flower Of Life, out early 2023 on Dum Dum Records.
March 3, 2023 ALBUM RELEASE SHOW @ MOROCCAN LOUNGE • LOS ANGELES, CA
March 3, 2023 Album Release After Party @ MONTY BAR – RSVP HERE
March 17-18 2023 SXSW • AUSTIN, TX
March 24-25 2023 TREEFORT FEST • BOISE, ID
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