Kite Party is an indie rock/indie pop band from
band’s music is a fascinating mix of American DIY indie rock, emo, and British
indie pop. Throughout Baseball Season one can hear hints of
Archers of Loaf, Fugazi, and Chapterhouse with an occasional Joe Strummer-esque
howl. These are not sounds/influences
that one would imagine would sound good together, but they do—somehow Kite
Party makes this work. Philadelphia,
The record opens with jangling guitar on the track “Welcome to
Miami.” The opening notes really remind me of another
PA band, The Ocean Blue, but once the song kicks-in everything changes. The tendency for wussiness that is often
associated with British indie pop/baggy/Manchester/shoegazer music is replaced
with a punk infused raw edge. It’s
almost like Kite Party has taken bands like Ride and The Charlatans UK and
channeled them through At the Drive-In, The Replacements, and The Clash. In fact, that’s pretty much how this entire
record sounds. It’s one of those records
that is hard to nail down while at the same time sounding incredibly
familiar. One of the record’s standout
moments is “Spirit Gun,” a song with
a fantastic chorus.
Kite Party is not a band for the faint of heart. Don’t get me wrong, this is great stuff; Baseball Season is an excellent record, but it is a record that will ask a lot of the listener. Kite Party has put together something that is actually fairly unique here and that is rare in this day and age. It’s not that the band has created some new sound, because they haven’t, it’s that they have created a sound from such divergent sources that trying to pigeonhole this band and record is pretty much impossible.
Thanks to Idle and the Bear for the find.