After all, as Kira waxes ever so humbly, her job simply entailed being Black Flag’s bass player and now (and for the last 25 years) serving as half of dos, the two-bass band she’s in with her ex-husband, Minutemen/f IREHOSE/Stooges titan, Mike Watt. First off, why have you gone under only your first name the last thirty years or so?Kira not only provided killer low-end groovage for one of the greatest punk bands (she joined Black Flag after bass god Chuck Dukowski’s departure in 1984), she had to brave the testosterone-drenched environs of Cali’s violence-thirsty punk scene and contend with the volatile, clashing personalities of guitarist Greg Ginn and mercurial loudmouth Henry Rollins—who, in his tour diary . In the early days, my father and brother were the “known” ones.
Concerned that a miscarriage of justice could have occurred, they look over old case files and turn their attention to the suspect's neighbour, a man with employment links in the vicinity of seven murders around the country.
The heartfelt angst and bittersweet hopelessness of the characters are uncamouflaged even by the sleek cinematographic style of the movie.
This movie is Woody Allen's valentine to the city he has such a symbiotic relationship with, and nowhere have I seen New York filmed as artistically as here.
When the subject of women in punk and rock is broached, the usual suspects often come up: Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Kim Deal and Debbie Harry.
The injustice here is how punk-rock bassist Kira (born Kira Roessler) is rarely mentioned in the same breath—not that she cares much, or at all, for the accolades.