Born in St. Louis and based in New York, arty rock singer-songwriter Kristeen Young has established a tight bond with British singer Morrissey that’s made her his go-to opening act for the past couple of years.
And Young couldn’t be happier about that.
“I grew up listening to his music,” she says, “so in some way he’s a part of what I write. He was part of my formation. I just think he’s the best lyricist, and I love watching him every night, and I love his music.
“And I really love him as a human being, so I guess we have a connection there. From my perspective I don’t really see a down point.”
Young’s latest release is her first EP, “V the Volcanic,” and one of the most ambitious projects she’s tried. Each of the songs was inspired by supporting characters in a variety of films — from Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the Angry Apple Tree in “The Wizard of Oz.” Young says the EP — produced by the legendary Tony Visconti and featuring a guest appearance by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump — came during “a particularly down time” in her life, when she turned to “a lot of old movies” for solace.
“I was also doing a lot of writing, and I noticed a couple of songs seemed to be from the character viewpoints of some of those films I watched,” says Young, who plans to start recording a new album in early 2012. “All of a sudden I got really inspired and really productive and just kept going with it.
“It was so much fun to write from a character viewpoint — especially characters that don’t have all that much to say in the films, so I can imagine what they felt and put that in the songs.”
Kristeen Young performs with Morrissey at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.