Nita Strauss has recruited vocalist Kasey Karlsen to join her for the guitarist’s forthcoming “Summer Storm” tour
Nita wrote in a recent Twitter post: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kasey Karlsen to the squad!!
“Kasey will be holding down the vocal duties on the upcoming Summer Storm tour starting next month!!”
Strauss added: “We needed someone fearless and versatile for this tour who could handle tons of different vocal styles, and if you’ve seen Kasey‘s videos you already know she can do it all. She is going to destroy these stages and we are beyond excited to have her with us!!”
Karlsen boasts an impressive half a million followers on TikTok where she frequently posts vocal covers of such acts as SLIPKNOT, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BRING ME THE HORIZON and many more.
The “Summer Storm” tour commences on June 13 in Nashville and runs through to July. 14 in New Orleans. Support on the tour will come from LIONS AT THE GATE, the new band featuring former ILL NIÑO members Cristian Machado (vocals), Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre (guitar) and Diego Verduzco (guitar), alongside bassist Stephen Brewer (WESTFIELD MASSACRE) and drummer Fern Lemus.
Nita Strauss will release her sophomore solo album, “The Call Of The Void“, on July 7 via Sumerian Records. The LP features guest appearances by IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Alice Cooper, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, Dorothy, Alissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY and Chris Motionless of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.
Discussing the title of the upcoming album, Strauss said: “Have you ever been at the top of a high building and had the fleeting thought, ‘… I could jump right now?’ This feeling is sometimes called ‘The Call Of The Void,’ also known as ‘high place phenomenon.’ It’s not a suicidal impulse, rather the exact opposite — a subconscious decision to live your life, to step back from the ledge, and take control. As researcher April Smith aptly put it: ‘An urge to jump affirms the urge to live.’
“I wanted the follow-up to ‘Controlled Chaos‘ to be exciting, new, and fresh, to take listeners to a new place and take myself somewhere new as an artist too. We have some amazing collaborations on this album with incredible musicians, as well as the instrumental guitar music that first inspired me to play.
“Some pieces of music come into the world gracefully and easily. This album is not one of them! ‘The Call Of The Void‘ was born kicking and screaming, a labor of love for sure, but also of blood, sweat and plenty of tears. I couldn’t be more proud of the end result. Making this album helped me learn and grow so much as a musician and songwriter and I’m excited to finally unleash it on the world.”
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Kasey Karlsen to the squad!!
Kasey will be holding down the vocal duties on the upcoming Summer Storm tour starting next month!! pic.twitter.com/sPCko79PKs
— Nita Strauss (@hurricanenita) May 17, 2023