Come & Take It Live
"...Kana Harris' earliest memories are of taking apart her mom's CDs to memorize the liner notes. In high school, the media junkie toted a DJ's vinyl carrying bag to go buy records during lunch..."
"...Kana Harris, a local musician and cassette enthusiast who recently released her own tape-only, garage-punk sampler, L.A.F.M.: Live at Beerland No. 1, "admires" Burger's marketing savvy...."
"...Kana Harris, Xetas bassist and Foreign Mothers guitarist, made her own call-out post on social media years ago after being sexually assaulted by someone she had once considered a friend, a fellow musician in a popular local band. Foreign Mothers was new on the scene and Harris felt unsure of who to turn to...."
"...On one hand, Petro, bassist Kana Harris, and drummer Jay Dilick attack their instruments with brutality. The result resembles the chain-drive power assault of Black Flag's SST Records roster..."
"...And yet, social frustrations igniting the Austin trio's lyrical flame on The Tower source wider than one despot in his castle. "I'm living my life on the defensive," laments bassist/vocalist Kana Harris in anti-harassment opener "The Gaze," after rattling off a litany of daily situations where unsolicited advances await..."
"...Xetas, a trio that's never met a sound system it didn't eviscerate, wove in new cuts from a forthcoming sophomore album, which sounded poised to deliver the same salient, throttling noise as 2015's The Redeemer. "The Gaze," equal parts vulnerability and rage, found bassist Kana Harris taking aim at street harassment, while "The Body" skews hard and fast..."
"...It doesn't always show!" belts power-throat David Petro amid serpentine noise licks on the title cut. Likewise, former Foreign Mothers frontwoman Kana Harris flexes unabashed affection on midtempo serenade "The Fake," which reads like a letter to a mentor: "You're righteous and you're real and so many other things that I could never be." The dead rat pack that formed last year knows when to get ugly, too, harnessing a shitstorm of weird aggression on ominous thumper "The Butcher" – Fugazi on PCP..."
"...Kana Harris, Xetas bassist, Foreign Mothers guitarist, manager at Waterloo Records, and rape survivor. At Beerland, Jan..."
"...South, I hung out one night at the instantly popular Radio Coffee & Beer on Manchaca, which opened last month. Acts unknown to me also revealed themselves, including punk trio Xetas, co-fronted by ex-Foreign Mothers leader Kana Harris, and Wrenfro, which features Fastball's Tony Scalzo and Soulhat's Kevin McKinney...."
"...› Kana Harris wrote us last week to let us know that her femme-punk trio Foreign Mothers, whose Chaos in Tejas show we recommended, had actually disbanded a couple of months ago. Her new project with Gospel Truth bassist David Petro (guitar/vox) and badass Brain Attack drummer Matt Buie, called Xetas, plays Friday with Protomartyr at Holy Mountain...."
"...Foreign Mothers (Fri., May 30, Holy Mountain) All-female trio's thumping, clanging post-punk comes spearheaded by the angular talents of Kana Harris...."
"...The tape that, alongside Danny Barnes' initial email, inspired this week's Chronicle cassette loop, Live at Beerland comes in live, loud, and clear as a killer survey of Austin garage punk at the best place in town to hear it. Whether it's the straight-up '77 bash-n-crash of Ghetto Ghouls, the Flesh Lights' white lightning strikes, Jungle Bodies' New Wave glories, or the more strummy joys of Quinn Galavis and Daniel Francis Doyle, Foreign Mother Kana Harris' labor of love is tops..."
"...Foreign Mothers, also Gang of Four-ish, pounded out its 2012 LP, Duh, with no-frills femininity, at one point singing about being caught without a tampon. "Since that's what girl bands sing about," mocked guitarist/singer Kana Harris..."
"...Stephanie Mueller's vocal tremor on "Love Song for Bill Paxton" summons both Sleater-Kinney and John Lydon, grounded by a vinyl-tastic separation of guitar, bass, and drums that routinely upshifts in tempo and underscores alienation ("Like Our Parents Had"). Ax mistress Kana Harris, who writes the most, plays clean, clear, simple melodic leads, notably on side two opener "Plan B (Dead Inside)," a bitter romantic spite sounding uncannily like post-punk's early Eighties..."