This Label’s Former Intern Became One Of Its Stars Almost By Accident

Managing Editor, Music

Katie Von Schleicher was an intern at Ba Da Bing records when her boss invited her to make a cassette that the label would put out — and she more than took him up on the offer. After painstakingly putting together a self-produced, self-engineered mixtape ingeniously titled Bleaksploitation, Von Schleicher garnered enough interest in the project to justify releasing the album on vinyl. Not too shabby for an intern making good on a favor from her boss.

Spurred on by that initial success, Katie is now releasing her official debut, Sh*tty Hits via the label where she used to work, and today she’s shared the lead single, a soaring, scratchy anthem called “Paranoia” that floats through about five different phases before settling in a shimmering blues-rock groove. It’s full of doomsday euphoria that she twists into a warped, classic rock spiral, then sends it shooting back toward the light.

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