Flipped Switch (live)
Glory Daze (LIVE)
Glory Daze (Live Acoustic)
“The songs might sound like old pop songs from yesteryear, but there’s this punk spirit and intensity that surrounds them.” – KUTX
“Jolie and her crew keep the energy and attitude honest but with a degree of self-aware humor where phases of our lives can be glanced upon with a level of learned awareness (coupled with a smile & a laugh)” – Impose Magazine
“Constructed with ten gleaming tracks, ‘Salty’ is an engrossing listen; the playful guitars wrap themselves around Jolie's endlessly invigorating voice, which details everything from parties to personal fall-outs, from wasted days to hedonistic nights.” – Gold Flake Paint
Mean Jolene was founded by Jolie Cota Flink and Adam Sharp during the summer of 2015 in Austin, TX. They first met in 2012 and bonded over their Chicago origins and affinity for golden era pop music. They’ve been creative collaborators since then.
After a turbulent period involving some health issues and break ups, Jolie started writing new songs that ranged from love songs about drugs to bitter songs about boys -- narrating a period of time when the only things that eased tumultuous emotions were partying and writing music, both at an alarming volume. After a few months of writing, the full sound of Mean Jolene became energetic pop-music with indie, punk and garage influences.
Mean Jolene's songs are sometimes a juggling act, striking a balance between conflicting elements - like sweetness and edginess - where disturbing lyrical content can be delivered with innocence and through upbeat power-pop instrumentation. Mean Jolene’s 10-song debut LP, “Salty", expresses themes of extreme highs and lows and on the surface could be considered a diss album, laced with bitterness, heartache and tongue-in-cheek snottiness, but it’s also a sincere album about self-acceptance and being unapologetically “crazy.”