Not Enough (Official Video)
Flipped Switch (LIVE)
Glory Daze (Live Acoustic)
“…for their second record the band have taken a more vulnerable approach, without losing any of their rambunctious qualities. Glory Daze does just that, as the lyrics chart discovering the person you need, even if you are surprised who that turned out to be, “I get in trouble when I feel I don’t belong who knew that you would be the cure all along”. Musically, the track plays out on fizzing guitar solos and euphoric driving rhythms, as Jolie Cota Flink’s vocals drift in and out of musical focus.” - For The Rabbits
“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
In the summer of 2015, After a turbulent period involving some health issues and break ups, Jolie Cota Flink started writing songs that eventually became Mean Jolene’s 10-song debut LP, “Salty”. The album 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.”
Before writing their second album, “Try Harder” (set to release in September of 2019), Mean Jolene underwent a 50% membership change. Core members, Jolie and Adam Sharp, still held down bass and drums, and Ali Ditto and Ray Seraphin came in on guitars. The band wrote their 10-song sophomore album over a couple of months and recorded over two weekends. The songs are expansive, ambitious and more mature than previous efforts; the album is a synthesis of influences such as Shonen Knife, Nikki and the Corvettes and the Breeders. “Try Harder” is Mean Jolene’s deepest journey yet into melodic, towering power-pop with roaring guitar riffs over dynamic, effected rhythm guitar and layered vocal harmonies.
Mean Jolene’s aesthetic started with empowered femininity and devil-may-care attitudes, but it has evolved into a juxtaposition of vulnerable lyrics and a larger-than-life persona delivering them, backed by upbeat, energetic pop music. Try Harder explores and celebrates this duality, but things have not always been so cut and dry. Although writing and recording the second album came quickly, unexpected obstacles prevented its immediate release. Jolie recalls, "My bipolar flare-up symptoms returned, but I was feeling great! Producing at lightning speed! Ideas were coming into my head as if I were connected to some divine force! I'm an atheist, by the way, so that last notion was pretty unusual. After the mania subsided, I came to a screeching halt and entered a very low period." This palpable pain is ingrained in the narrative of the songs and in the album as a whole; Jolie expands on extreme feelings of love, loss and the challenges of navigating a world while coping with having bipolar disorder.
Mean Jolene’s present lineup continues to feature Jolie, Adam and Ali, along with new members, Steven Garcia (lead guitar) and Maud Morgan (bass guitar).