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September 5, 2019

Try Harder

By: Laurie Gallardo

For Mean Jolene songwriter and vocalist Jolie Cota Flink, it began with the tracks she wrote for her band’s badass debut LP Salty, covering the extreme highs and lows that bring all the feels during tumultuous changes. It’s chock full of heartache, but also a sense of humor – and absolutely no apologies.

For the follow-up Try Harder, you confront multiple sides of the story: The duality of a carefree soul burning brightly, though stepping cautiously with the all-too-natural fear of vulnerability. It’s Mean Jolene delivering guitar- and harmony-driven power pop at its most melodic, with one helluva heart worn on that leather jacket sleeve.

Make plans to join Mean Jolene at their album release party tomorrow night at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. And what a bill: Moving Panoramas, The Reputations, and Nevil are there for the awesomeness. Doors at 9 p.m. So recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.