Kinski have announced an East Coast tour in support of their latest LP 7 (or 8), out now on Kill Rock Stars. The band’s latest video for the single “I Fell Like A Fucking Flower” can now be streamed. Directed by Carlos Lopez (Mudhoney, Intelligence, etc.), the video “captures a trippy and frantic feeling of perpetual motion” that complements the driving guitar riffs of the song, lending this instrumental track an unspoken narrative that feels perfectly at home.
For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-” and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.
7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8), “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin.
One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 12 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.
EAST COAST TOUR:
10/22 – Providence, RI @ AS220
10/23 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
10/24 – Somerville, MA @ Cuisine En Locale
10/25 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
10/26 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
10/27 – Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar
10/28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
10/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s