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almost more powerful than her lung-clearing screams. Her versatility, range and intuition shine brighter with this album than with any of her previous projects. When Christmas employs the creepy, higher registers of her voice, it’s as if she’s aiming to tame a pack of bloodthirsty wild boars by singing them a lullaby. You can just about smell the fear on her breath. “I remember very clearly being little and being afraid a lot. I think there’s a lot of [childhood fear] on [The Bad Wife],” she says. “I can remember feeling little, and I still feel like that sometimes, and I don’t mean that in the sense that somebody’s going to be big and towering, but just feeling general hopelessness that most people experience.” Later, we’re en route to Brooklyn’s Translator Audio, the studio where Christmas recorded The Bad Wife with engineer Andrew Schneider. “Andrew is the best. He’s also astoundingly rare because he hasn’t become so disillusioned with this business, even in this climate, to be immune to enthusiastically jumping into a project,” she says. Christmas also worked on all of the Bad Wife’s songs with Candiria’s John LaMacchia. “When you’re speaking to John, he sounds like a lighthearted guy, but you must have something about you if you can play guitar the way he can.” Downstairs at Translator Audio, Schneider recalls The Bad Wife’s two-year gestation. “No process was the same from song to song,” he says. “It wasn’t really a band; it was usually Julie and John writing stuff and bringing it to me and trying to decide what musicians would be involved. The Bad Wife There’s no map that could be followed.” will be available November 9 on “Blood, sweat, tears all came out here. I would also say CD and LP from urine,” laughs Christmas. Rising Pulse.

Not a fan of writing lyrics in advance, Christmas came up with the words for The Bad Wife as she was going in to record the vocals. “It’s how I’ve always done it. When I was in high school, I had a couple of bands that all fell apart, as teenage bands do. And I decided I was going to start answering random ads that were looking for heavy singers,” she explains. “I developed a habit of doing everything on-the-spot. There are some things I write beforehand, but for a lot of the stuff, some [lyrics] are there and some [lyrics] come in after.” It’s time for a nightcap, but first Christmas wants to show me a place that reminds her of growing up in the neighborhood. We walk to St. Francis Xavier Church, a tall, granite and limestone Gothic Revival building on 6th Avenue in Park Slope. Christmas points skyward. “Once my mom showed me the gargoyles at the top up there, I started to be obsessed with them to the point where if we tried to go home from school and she didn’t take me by here, I would…” she pauses to laugh. “I would have a fit.”

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Dimple Records' In-Store Magazine, November 2010  

"Indie Rock with a Slice of Green." Cowbell Magazine features Gorillaz, Neil Young, Kylesa, Avey Tare, Darkstar, Julie Christmas and more!

Dimple Records' In-Store Magazine, November 2010  

"Indie Rock with a Slice of Green." Cowbell Magazine features Gorillaz, Neil Young, Kylesa, Avey Tare, Darkstar, Julie Christmas and more!