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Kiri – Self Titled 7″ (2014)

yup.. Kiri
yup.. Kiri

Brisbane based skramz crew ‘Kiri’ are about to drop this self-titled debut containing 4 tracks, some very cool art and some intense sounds!! Physical distro for the 7” will be via the champs at Lacklustre Records and online through the various bandcamps attached.

This female fronted/4 piece is possibly named after a brand of cheese..or a character from Mortal Kombat..or even less likely after a small community within the Congo. Honestly…i dont know. In lurking about the internets trying to source tidbits of information on this band i discovered all of manner of fascinating trivia…like how they refer to themselves as zion dance party/ gabber music? Other things included how guitarist Uda is the mastermind behind the Eunoia Collective (http://eunoiacollective.com/) and also how vocalist Tessa Fox is a rather talented writer and photographer… you’ve possibly read or seen her work without knowing it if you’re a Brisbane native! See for your self > http://tessafox.com

About the music though…

As the opening guitar noodling of ‘Above The Earth’ kicks things off, the surprising clarity of the mix and authenticity of Tessa’s vocals all hits home in an instant. You can hear every instrument and yet it’s not super compressed and tight. There is a liveliness present but it’s far from being lo-fi! I havn’t heard stuff like this since ‘The Bare Arms’ (NSW) from a few years ago who sadly called it quits. Not to harp on about it..but I think there’s something great about the way a woman’s voice carries in this style of music (see also: Outright) and i would love to hear more of it! Obvious things aside though.. the purely Australian accent is in tact and the energy is really high in this music!

The guitar work ranges from clean, math-noodle inspired riffs to jagged, harsh and discordant!! In short they hit all the trademark nails on their heads and it’s a quite a bit of fun to listen to. Even the awkward bass lead in the opening moments of ‘Chatter in the Skull’ has a playful feel to it before exploding in blast beats and raw sensational noise! Clearly this band has intended to have as much fun as they can whilst maintaining some integrity and seriousness through it all.

EP closer ‘Highbrow’ has this awesome bass/drum intro as Tessa screams over the top. 30 seconds in it gears up a notch and starts to sound similar to ‘Off Minor’ with the furious drumming (blast beats and fills and noise!!) and guitars just screaming! The songs never running long enough to get bored or consider skipping. The 4 tracks fly by all too quickly and it’s easy to just hit repeat and do it all again!

All up: a great debut from some talented people, hopefully this is just the start and we get to hear some more soon!

RIYL: Off Minor, Lilith, Beau Navir, Love.Like..Electrocution etc

https://www.facebook.com/apeykiri

http://lacklustrerecords.bigcartel.com/

 

Thesis – Holiday Home 7″ (2014 Lacklustre Records)

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Thesis are a 4 piece act from Sydney who play a raw mix of melodic pop punk with emo and indie elements mixed in for good measure. This is the bands 2nd release BUT first through the awesome crew at Lacklustre Records who offer it as a free download via bandcamp as well as handling vinyl orders. This business model of ‘free d/l + vinyl’ is really growing into a legit way of operating for independent labels across the indie/punk/hc scene in the wake of the digital revolution and the demise of CD sales. Can you believe that..ha ha.. not that long ago it was tapes dying off..and before that it was vinyl..! Now that they are both coming back would it be fair to say in a few more years we’ll reflect on the passing of the CD & mp3? Hmm..ponder that.

Back to the music..*ahem*..

Musically Thesis are pretty consistent with the current trend amongst bands in this scene. They blend lightly overdriven guitars with jangly power chords and harmonies/octaves over the top. Drums are straight forward, no double time or anything like that..it’s a mid-paced affair but to be fair it’s a very solid performance especially with some of the fills and rolls in the opening track ‘no love lost’! The bass sits pretty much square in the middle and just does the job without any real flair..BUT it all works well together to create a mature and melodic take on the pop-punk sound. Think early ‘Citizen’ or ‘Make Do and Mend’ for comparison.

The thing which is going to set this band apart from the rest is the vocals. It’s also going to polarise audiences into two camps: 1) those who like it for being different or 2) those who wig out and don’t get it. As a reviewer I should try and be impartial..but honestly I swung quite a bit on this point. At first I didn’t like it. Nope. It grated against my nerves in the same way i remember Hot Water Music used to get under my skin! The gruff/slightly off key and very Aussie delivery began to sound more and more fitting as listened to the EP over a few times..and as you may have guessed .. I like it now. Quite a bit 🙂

These lads will be at Tape Deck Fest if you were lucky enough to get tickets to that and have also been touring around with the likes of Trophy Eyes, Basement and others.. no doubt in a few years they’ll be one of those bands you get to say ‘oh i saw them when they played dot dot dot..’ or in this case ‘oh i’ve got their first vinyl they put out back in 2014!!’

It’s a grower. Get onto it 🙂

Digital here:

http://lacklustrerecords.bandcamp.com/album/holiday-home-2

Or get the physical 7” here:

http://lacklustrerecords.bigcartel.com/product/thesis-holiday-home-7