KILLER KIN: Bad, Bad, Minds!

8 03 2020

 

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Sometimes you need some pure smutty Garage Rock to get stuck in your brain and to seep into your bones, and just move you. I think… no, I KNOW that Killer Kin are that band. Earlier this year they released the exceptional Bad, Bad Minds! record and it everything you’d want from music and beyond.

 Killer Kin are an incredible band. They are exciting and all kinds of bizarre- they make the kind of music that Lux Interior would get excited over. The kind of music that John Peel would have been in love with. They’ve got a New York Dolls bite about them, and this attitude is throughout the songs on the record. The record reminds me of The Cramps mixed with the New York Dolls, and for me that’s the ideal sound. There’s this Glam Rock and Psychobilly feel to the record, and the vocals are ridiculous. They are completely off the hook and you cannot help but wish you could sing like this! If you’re looking for a band to make you happy, you’re alive- listen to Killer Kin. It’s totally wild record, and I hope it makes them HUGE! They deserve it. I don’t know how long they’ve been around or how many records they’ve made. This might be their first? I have no idea, but I do know that is it out of this world. They have a sound that I absolutely adore, and I cannot get enough of it.

 

 

Bon Vivant is the one to really melt your brain; it’s such a heavy song, and for me everything on this song just shows us why this band are truly the ones to watch. THAT guitar solo on this from like the 2-minute 15 mark is mind blowing. You can’t help but feel you’ve gone back in time but also stepped into the future with this band. I love them, and I love this record. Can you tell? Bottom Feeder Blues and Bad, Bad Mind just show us how phenomenal this band are- they’ve got this gorgeous aggression in the sound. It’s the snarliness, it’s the smuttiness, the pure filth that’s in every single song that has you hooked. I want to live in the world they’ve created on this record. Killer Is King may be an ode to Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but its sure sounds like it. You can truly hear the New York Dolls influence on this record, and to have something specifically for Arthur is beautiful. Like I said, I could be wrong but, in my head, it’s all for Arthur and I love that. Afterall, Killer Kane was a King!

 

 

With only 5 songs Killer Kin have made a lifelong fan out of me. With only 5 songs they have really made an impact that most try to do within 5 records of their career let alone 5 songs. They have this feel to their sound that makes you instantly know that their live shows are probably beyond description and unlike anything else you’ve seen or heard before- much like how they are on record. I really hope we get more from Killer Kin because they are so talented and unafraid to tamper with what most shy away from. This sheer decadent sound is beautiful and hypnotising; you just want to be constantly immersed in it. For me, this is the kind of noise that makes me love music so much and makes me want to write about it.

 All that’s left for me to do is urge you to get your mitts on this record and lose yourself in it. So far, this is one of my favourite discoveries of the year and I cannot wait to hear more from Killer Kin.

 





FLESH PANTHERS.

11 02 2018

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There is nothing better than easing the dullness of Sunday by listening to some obnoxiously loud music. Music that makes you feel like something has stomped on your bones, music that makes you want to quit that 9-5 (other hours are available if you wish) and music that just makes you want to do anything other than what you need to. I’m going away on Tuesday, and I’d rather listen to music than pack. I’d probably want to go to sleep more. That’s usually the case.

Flesh Panthers are Chicago’s finest band. They sound as if they have crawled out from wooden crates in dark alleyways to come out and bring some much needed rowdiness to basement bars and desolate streets. They sound as if they lurk until they find their targets to pounce upon and unleash their powerful and loud sounds. Like as panther hunting its prey, of course.

They have a wealth of songs to really get lost in. I think their last release may have been in 2016, which was the Willows Weep record. It’s a really great record that sounds like everything I want from a Garage Rock/Punk band. There’s the right amount of distortion and a brilliant amount of hypnotising guitar grooves. The drums will have you moving your body in all kinds of ways- especially the song Tuff Enuff. It’s one of their tame songs, and it makes you think of summer. It has this really cool and laid-back sound that makes you want to just laze about. It’s pretty comforting considering outside it’s either snowing or raining, again. It’s got this tropical feel to it, and I think at the moment it could be my favourite song by them, but as I delve into their earlier songs such as Bleed Black Leather- I can’t help but want to stay there. However, there’s this slight shift in sound in each record of theirs which shows just how strong they are as a band. Nervous Breakdown is such as fantastic song to let all your frustrations out to. It’s got this proper raw Punk sound going all the way through it. It makes you want to throw stuff around. It makes you want to drive far (but if like me, you can’t drive- maybe take the bus) and they make you want to make your own kind of noise.

I love how the bass has this fuzzy-like sound which goes so well with everything else that is going on. To really get the bass to come alive like this, play it through headphones and it will be the bass that leaves you in a trance. A proper feel good trance that only Flesh Panthers can put you in, and they probably don’t have any intention of dragging you out of it. I mean, why would you want to when it sounds and feels this good.

I can’t possibly pick which record is my favourite but if you are new to them, start from their first release and work on up to now. Some bands you can just start wherever, but there are some bands that you have to go on the journey with. Flesh Panthers are one of those bands, and it’s because you can truly hear how they have developed their sound and have earned their right to be one of the best bands to come out of Chicago in a long time.

They have got such a strong collection of songs and records, and they just make you want to play it all constantly and as loud as you can stand. Edge of the Knife is definitely a song that needs to be played loud as does VooDoo Shang-a-Lang.

A new record by Flesh Panthers should be coming out this year, and I cannot wait for it!