Seattle hard-rock bands Sandrider and Kinski celebrate the release of their new split EP Saturday at Neumos.
Those who lament the slow death of guitar-driven rock would do well to show up at Neumos Saturday, Feb. 28, as Seattle bands Kinski and Sandrider celebrate the release of their bone-crushing, split-release EP “Sandrider + Kinski” for Good to Die Records.
The album, out Feb. 17, might be only five tracks long (three for Sandrider and two long ones for Kinski), but these aren’t just throwaway songs from the cutting-room floor. Instead, they’re a vital, aggressive collection of tunes not meant to say, “We’re still here,” but instead, “We can still melt faces.”
Sandrider, which rose from the ashes of local metal favorite Akimbo, starts the album with “Rain,” a dynamic song that begins with thunderous riffs before giving way to something entirely different and beautiful. It’s a nice progression from 2013’s “Godhead,” which The Seattle Times called “loud and uneven” and featured some songs that seemed like they still needed to be developed.
Sandrider, Kinski album release party
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 advance (206-709-9467 or neumos.com).
The all-out assault of “Glaive,” which follows, provides a nice counterpoint and sets up the iconic 1980s rocker “Mountain Song” well. The Jane’s Addiction song sets up plenty of opportunities for Sandrider guitarist and vocalist Jon Wisenewski to show off his considerable talent, and sonically it fits right in with the rest of the EP. However, it still would have been nice to get another original song instead of a surprisingly faithful cover.
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Kinski. which has been around since 1998 and was chosen to play Sasquatch! this year, has just two chances to make an impression and they don’t waste time. “Beyond In Touch With My Feminine Side” is a funny title. But don’t let the name fool you — the song is a claustrophobic slog that builds slowly into a layered, oppressive bit of grunge metal. At 8:41, it’s the kind of cut that rewards patience.
Kinski is the more atmospheric band of the two and they show it on the closing track, “The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo.” Guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz get plenty of work to do on the instrumental and allow it to build slowly from guitar and keyboard work that sound like whale songs set to a hard-driving crescendo of ’60s psych rock.
The album sounds great, but it’s the sort of music that never truly satisfies over headphones or through computer speakers. That shouldn’t be an issue on Saturday, but just remember to protect your face.