Aunt Kelly Take Responsibility for a Relationship Rough Patch on “Nurturing”

The Chicago band teases their debut album with a fiery, full-throated single about romantic disappointment.

Aunt Kelly Take Responsibility for a Relationship Rough Patch on “Nurturing”

The Chicago band teases their debut album with a fiery, full-throated single about romantic disappointment.

Words: Matt Wallock

Photo: Andrew Giese

May 11, 2022

There's a lot to love about Aunt Kelly’s jangly, guitar-driven power-pop—satisfying hooks, crisp pivots, gut-wrenching lyrics, retro references—but bandleader Kelly Hannemann’s raspy vocal deliveries tie everything together for the Chicago trio rounded out by bassist Dan Gianaris and drummer Sarah Weddle. Hannemann’s vocals come in just before instrumentation on the band's last single “Billboard Lady,” and the same thing happens on their new single “Nurturing,” a fiery, full-throated ripper about navigating a “committed long-term thing.”

“This song is about not living up to your own expectations of who you thought you would be in a relationship,” Hannemann shares. “I wrote it when I was about a year into my first serious relationship and was struggling to be as supportive and present as I wanted to be. It can be hard to be there for someone else when your own mental illness is taking over.”

“Nurturing” will appear on Aunt Kelly’s forthcoming album Remember—out June 10—which Hannemann says “covers how mental Illness has affected different parts of my life.” Check out the band’s latest offering below, and follow their album rollout here.