Kill Rock Stars
Here you will hear Kinski sounding more like Mudhoney, Nirvana and Sonic Youth – especially the Sonic Youth of the last half-decade – a sort of classic-rock-esque take on grunge; Cosy Moments could have been released twenty years ago. Strange perhaps but I really dig it. It’s nearly a million miles from where Kinski was at when I first heard them at their punishing best with Don’t Climb On And Take The Holy Water. I’m talking different-bands almost. If they were Mogwai then they’re (almost) B.R.M.C now.
But it works. It really works.
And great as all that post-rock instrumental stuff is – Kinski too added a lot from the free-improv camp, an almost free-jazz approach to post-rock – it’s really nice to hear them kick back and bliss out with songs. And that’s exactly what you hear – instantly – as Long Term Exit Strategy coasts into place, all spliffed-out and Brian Jonestown Massacre-like.
From there it’s to Last Day On Earth where the Melvins/Mudhoney crunch kicks in, an urgency that is carried over to Skim Milf and Riff DAD.
But it’s the longer, loping tracks – such as the opener and Throw It Up – were Kinski manage to combine the old with the new, hints – just hints mind – of the old Kinski.
They also sound better here than any of the ugly new signings to Flying Nun – those silly bratty upstarts that are flash in the pan.
A Little Ticker Tape Never Hurt Anybody chugs out on a bed of brushed snare, the very Sonic Youth-like guitar figure licking at the rhythm before it’s to the almost-Jim O’Rourke/nearly-Lee Ranaldo sounding Conflict Free Diamonds.
I really like this. Even with memories of the old Kinski – a fearsome band then I thought.
But I like this new approach too. And can imagine it going over well with new listeners – though they might then be a bit shocked/despondent to hear the less song-oriented back catalogue. I’d like to think this is the nice easy way in though.
Here the band sounds – sonically, spiritually – recharged. A nice surprise of an album. And a reminder of a band with plenty of punch in its past life too.