Kira Roessler in Canterbury
June 12, 1962 |
New Haven, Connecticut
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, dialogue editor|
|Labels||SST, New Alliance, Kill Rock Stars|
|Associated acts||Twisted Roots, Sexsick, Black Flag, Dos|
|Website||Dos' homepage at Mike Watt's Hoot Page|
|Rickenbacker 4001 Garz 3/4-scale custom bass|
While sitting in with L.A. punk group DC3, members of Black Flag heard her playing, which led to her being asked to join Black Flag to replace founding member Chuck Dukowski. Roessler was majoring in applied engineering at UCLA, and Black Flag's subsequent tours were worked around her school schedule, which was a condition for her to join the band. Her bass playing was featured on five of Black Flag's studio albums. She remained in the band until completing touring behind their album In My Head in the autumn of 1985, then graduated from UCLA in 1986.
After Black Flag, she formed the two-bass duo Dos with Mike Watt (to whom she was married between 1987 and 1994), who are still performing today. She wrote or co-wrote songs for what would be the Minutemen's final album, 3-Way Tie (For Last), and to Watt's post-Minutemen band Firehose. She later contributed artwork to Watt's first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat?.
Roessler now works as a dialogue editor on theatrical films in Los Angeles. She has credits (sometimes under her full name, sometimes simply as kira) on such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), and has also appeared onscreen in the documentaries We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen and American Hardcore. She won an Emmy for her work on the John Adams episode "Don't Tread On Me" and was nominated for her work on another episode of the series. She appeared on the Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three tribute album in 2003 along with other musical artists, including other Black Flag veterans.
On January 6, 2011, thieves broke into Roessler's home and stole, along with other items, a custom-made 3/4-scale bass made for her by California luthier Mark Garza. Fans and friends launched an online campaign through blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to help Kira recover the stolen instrument, which she retrieved ten days later after the thief attempted to sell it at a Guitar Center.
References and footnotes
- Kira Roessler - Awards
- "URGENT! Ex-Black Flag Bassist Kira Roessler’s Custom Bass Stolen!". Thegroovemusiclife.com. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- "Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler's custom bass guitar stolen". Boing Boing. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- "Good News!!". Thegroovemusiclife.com. Retrieved 2011-07-21.