by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
To say that you’ve grown “accustomed to someone’s face” is pretty much the opposite of a compliment. Sure, you’re not outright calling anyone ugly, but it sure it close. It’s sort of like answering someone’s “do you think I’m attractive” question with a big “whelp…” and merely hoping the conversation changes. Kinski, veterans of the experimental and hypnotic approach to noisy sonic bludgeoning with desert melodicism, have been around long enough that you could be “accustomed” to their music… if only it weren’t so damn captivating. The Seattle quartet have spent nearly 20 years playing together and Accustomed To Your Face, due out October 12th via Kill Rock Stars, is locked in and erupting with the type of dense fuzz and attention to detail that comes with a long line of experience.
Their approach is fairly simple and always effective. The rhythm section plays tight and unflinching, the ever dependable support system, while the twin guitars sprawl and squirm, working together to blanket their sound with layered distortion and a cavalcade of spacey riffs and blistering punk. They deliver volume and tanged guitar shredding with a sense of calm, warping through psych’s more bombastic qualities with a drifting mentality. “Guest Girl Vocalist,” one of the new record’s first two singles is sharp and ferocious, a driving punk ripper that digs in as it spirals outward, the vocals delivered with a bite that rings closer to “as a matter-of-fact” than anything too harsh. The video was captured at the lovely Mississippi Studios in Portland, a great venue for a show if there ever was one.
10/18 Chico, CA @ Argus Bar + Patio
10/19 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside *
10/20 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon *
10/25 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark Lounge *
10/26 Seattle, WA @ Blue Moon Tavern *
10/27 Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift Art Space *
* with Feral Ohms
Kinski’s Accustomed To Your Face is out October 12th via Kill Rock Stars.