Wed, Jan 25, 2012

[Album of the Week] Kinnie The Explorer - Kinnie The Explorer

In 2010, Kinnie The Explorer released their first EP Blood, It’s On Every Wall. The EP was so well received that it earned them a spot as the opener of Noah and The Whale during their show at O2 Academy Bournemouth, UK even though it was only their fourth gig ever. Since then we’ve been patiently waiting for their first full length release which is why we’re very excited to give you an exclusive first listen to their self titled debut album, Kinnie The Explorer a week prior to it’s official release.

The album features full on interlaced guitar jam sessions and driving drum rhythms that keep you moving at a steady even pace throughout the album. “Scissor Dance” the opener is a pleasantly upbeat starter for an otherwise fairly mellow, but never boring ride. However, the real shocker on the track is the jazz inspired bass which gains momentum and then completely takes over in the end. Unexpected, but fitting to say the least. The perfect introduction to the jazz influence felt on nearly every track. “In Limbo” counters with singer Peter Lancelely’s previously absent falsetto stealing the show. The simplicity of the track mixed with Lanceley’s stunning vocals brings a whole new dimension to the band. Who knew he’d hidden that away this whole time?

Kinnie The Explorer proves to be a versatile rock band unafraid to experiment with various genres, picking out the pieces that suit them best and weaving them in to the original and comprehensive sound that you’ve heard here today. It’s hard to believe that all members of this band are in their teens. They continue to accomplish what many musicians with careers twice as long have only hoped to and this is just the beginning. Preorder their LP here which is due to ship around February 1st. We’re exited to watch their careers progress. This is a band that you’ll want to keep up with.

Scissor Dance
In Limbo
Fluid Gold

Thu, Dec 29, 2011

[Album of the Week] Nerves Junior - As Bright As Your Night Light

It’s hard to believe that this is the first release from Nerves Junior. The album is expansive, collective and masterful. They have seemed to grasp what every rock band dreams of. Accessible pop soaked lyrics, pushed by heavy guitar and vocals, washed repeatedly with layers of sound that move you forward down the path that is As Bright As Your Night Light.

No two songs on the album sound a like, but some how they all come together to tell a comprehensive story. Much like Miami four piece Young Circles, they take the very basic elements rock (guitar, drums, bass, keys, vox) and push them to their creative limits. Their instruments plugged in and running laps through various lines of distortion equipment coming out as champions of a whole new sound.

"Campagne & Peaches," the first track on this album and coincidentally the first track I had ever heard from this group starts out mellow, washed in layers of perfectly executed sound and on the verge of pure psychedelia. It will hook you on that first layer of distortion effectively placed at the two minute mark. Songs like "As Bright As Your Night Light" and "Nails To Scratch With" are much harder and darker then the opener. "As Bright As Your Night Light" utilizes heavy distorted synth while "Nails To Scratch With" proves that these guys do indeed know their way around an electric guitar. The closer "Kale" comes full circle, bringing the tempo back down and making the listener forget the powerful musical assault they have just been privy to. Ending on a a love ballad can be tricky, but it seems that it is just what you’ll need after the long and exciting adventure

These four band members have seemed to twist, mold and distort all that they have ever learned about music in to a new form and come out the other end with an album that will surely be recognized as the one that set the wheels in motion for one of the most promising groups I’ve stumbled upon in years.

Champagne & Peaches
As Bright As Your Night Light
Nails To Scratch With

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