Touché Amoré is the subject of the first episode of Sound Off!, a new series hosted by former Against Me! member Andrew Seward. In this episode, we examine the band’s searing live show and talk to the guys in their native Burbank, CA to get a sense of what makes them tick.
Artist: Kimono Kult
Album: Hiding in the Light
Release date: March 4, 2014
Label: Neurotic Yell Records
Press contact: michelle (at) noisyghostpr (dot) com
The hazy horizon of Los Angeles. Since it proves perpetually unpredictable, it is not odd when one finds their co-conspirators in disparate locales, often smoothing out the vague and jagged status quos that are only a figment of our own minds anyway. Enter Kimono Kult, who’s initiates include current and ex- members of Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bosnian Rainbows, Swahili Blonde, Le Butcherettes, Dante Vs. Zombies, and Raw Geronimo – all who are adamant that this is not some “all-star” vanity project. In fact, one cannot even SEE Kimono Kult – one can only HEAR Kimono Kult (in theory with the true definition of OCCULT as “something hidden”).
A new project recorded, produced and shot-called by Neurotic Yell CEO and Swahili Blonde mastermind Nicole Turley, Kimono Kult synthesizes all the signature styles and influences from a cream of crop wrecking crew she has at her immediate grasp. Vocally fronted by the untamable Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows) their debut EP Hiding In The Light are four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy.
Opening the record, you hear Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows) backwards string-arrangement on “Todo Memos el Dolor” (“Everything, Anything But The Pain”), initially reminiscent of Scott Walker’s “It’s Raining Today” before the drum machines anchor it into more modern territory. Teri’s shrill vocals plead with hybrid emotion as they tip-toe through the minimalist abstraction, while hallucinatory synths help narrate the tapestry. “Las Esposas” (The Wives) begins with a mysterious spoken-word intro, referencing a taunting, dusty 16mm film that may hold such Jodorowskian phantasmagoria, beckoning the character like an estranged lover as Omar’s slithering guitar line interlaces science-fiction beeps/bloops over Nicole’s pounding electro-rhythm. “La Vida Es Una Caja Hermosa” (Life Is A Beautiful Box) sees some fractured, sour synths filling voids between a post-punk dub foundation, while guitar interplay between Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies, Starlite Desperation) and John Frusciante help build a mountain of subtle sonic thunder before it all dissolves gingerly into unanticipated silence. The EP ends with it’s catchiest accessible track “La Cancion de Alexandra” (Song Of Alexandra), an anthemic procession of self-realization where devotion and sacrifice hold hands. Some playfully sophisticated strings from Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo) push and pull with dueling trumpet lines to the forefront of this defiant, re-imagined march, Terri Gender Bender taking the role of the writhing Pied Piper as the credits begin to roll of this brief but incredibly resonant recording.
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It’s great to see Lorde going off into weird directions and hanging with some real motherfuckers and challenging herself when she could just as easily be dropping easy win singles with Pharrell.
Punk ain’t the boots or the hair dye. I’ve been asked to define it many times so I’ve actually thought about it for a couple of seconds. It must be the attitude that you have, that you approach everything in life with that attitude.
- “Is it blissful?”
“It’s like a dream.”
- “I want to dream.”
this reminds me of the first time i heard dead kennedys,must be that dick dale on acid solo.instant classic
From ‘Wasted Years’ out 4/8/14 via VICE.
Pre-order the album on iTunes now: http://bit.ly/1hQkU07
Pre-order the limited edition red vinyl via Interpunk here: http://bit.ly/1gAvTFR
Check out tour dates here: http://offofficial.com/tour/
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