Wow, here we are half way through another 31 Days of Music: Best of 2013, which brings us to Number 17. The next album on the list is a trio that dishes out jangly pop infused guitar rock.
With so much of today’s popular music consisting of computer generated noises or generic sounding songs force fed by TV, internet sites or the few radio stations people still listen to these days it is always refreshing to listen to bands that put in the effort to cultivate original music. Atlanta’s/Athens’ trio Kick The Robot (KTR) is one of those bands and their debut LP, Music To Fight The Future (MTFTF), proves it.
The songs on MTFTF are simple straight forward rock tunes that grab the listener by the ears and drag them into KTR’s musical world. Catchy lyrics are nestled within a musical background built upon classic pop melodies and fast & furious guitars then kept inline by thunderous rhythms. KTR wear their influences on their sleeves as you hear bits and pieces of Cheap Trick, REM, Material Issue, Dada and the Zombies. They kick the album off with two of the harder songs on the record, “Sinker” and “Gunslinger”. Both tracks are driven by blistering guitars as they smack the listeners around a bit, getting them ready for what is to come. From their KTR music transverses a soundscape full of 60’s melodies (listen to “Not Your Friend”), 70’s garage rock (check out “Maybe I’m Dumb”), 90’s power pop (see “Moves”) and 00’s indie rock (on “Under It All”), they are a musical chameleon. Two songs highlight an album full of killer music, “Machine Gun” and “Ones And Threes”. They epitomize all the things KTR does best, listen to the lyrics and try not to sing along then crank the music up loud and see how quickly you break out the air guitar and/or drums. I think of tracks like “Surrender” (Cheap Trick) or “Valerie” (Material Issue)when I listen to these tracks. They close the record out with something different, “Almost Brilliant”. Chunky rhythms lead the way as the trio warble along then break into laughter as if they know something we don’t.
Following up on their initial EP, KTR shows how they have grown as a band. Their music has evolved becoming more polished yet keeping a raw sound. Their lyrics make you want to sing a long and the melodies get lodged in your head never wanting to leave, which is not a bad thing. On MTFTF they have successfully taken from the music they grew up on without becoming clones of those bands. They have created music that has a classic sound but is new and refreshing. This record contains eleven bad ass tracks of music with no sign of filler. You are going to want to play these songs often and at high volumes. Give it a listen, you can thank me later.
31 Days of Music: Best of 2013
31 - Futurebirds - Baba Yaga
30 - Mike Snowden - One Man Cigar Box Guitar Band Live
29 - Teen Getaway - Hits and Missives
28 - Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Dig Thy Savage Soul
27 - Robert Pollard - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
26 - Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida
25 - Je Suis France - Coleslaw III Drymouth
24 - Dorado - Anger, Hunger, Love and the Fear of Death
23 - Ezra Furman - Day of the Dog
22 - Hymn For Her - Lucy & Wayne's Smokin' Hot Flames
21 - Patrick Sweany - Close To The Floor
20 - Tedo Stone - Good Go Bad
19 - Chandler Travis Three-O - This Is What Bears Look Like Under Water
18 - Devon Allman - Turquoise
17 - Kick The Robot - Music To Fight The Future