There’s not much known about Kiwi Jr., a band from somewhere in Canada, I think… But I can tell you this: they played a NXNE show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Wednesday, and nailed the surf train to to take them sailing straight into your heart.
The threesome blend pop and surf, and somehow were vaguely reminiscent of early Beatles (yeah, I went there). But what’s amazing is that they weren’t afraid to add new flavours to their mix – incorporating ska in some songs and honky tonk in others, a little vocal scream, it all works well.
They get louder and quieter in the all the right places, and achieved perfect harmony between the fast drums, heavy bass and full guitar, each of which didn’t overpower the others. Songs like ‘Gimme More’, a soft and exciting psych pop tune to really bring you back to the good ol’ days, is perfect proof of how interesting they are musically.
Then, about a third of the way through their set, they really started out, with wild screeching guitars, hyperactive bass and drums to match. The band didn’t just slip into apeshit territory; they dove in head first, welcoming it with open arms. They embrace the messy with glee – what’s more, they make well-rehearsed sound messy, and it’s good.
But, before you know it, they’re transitioning back to their surf-pop sound with ease, leaving you wondering if that fuzz apocalypse even happened (it did, and it was spectacular).
Kiwi Je. has got the magic formula. They’re one band to watch, and a great way to have started NXNE.
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