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TRACK BY TRACK: KinZie’s Debut Album ‘Dead Eyes’

Heavy Head

The album starts off with a song about anxiety and the music reflects the signs of a panic attack in the making. The song mutates and transform as the lyrics describe a bad day. As the lyrics grow more pessimistic, the song gets louder and more discordant. Just when you think the band will explode into a ball of fire, the band decides to steer us to space with a soaring guitar solo before gently landing us back to earth.

Love Is A Chemical

The band shows off their softer side immediately with this tune. Both guitar and bass dance around in the intro as the drums set the beat. The space created allows the lyrics to ring clear about loss love and the devastating feeling it can leave. The band captures the melancholy feeling with brief moments of uncertainty courtesy of the band deciding to let out a brief noise section.

The Process

If the sound of claustrophobia could be captured, ‘The Process’ excuses it beautifully without sacrificing melody. With all the chaotic instrumentation, vocals remain calm in an almost monotonous beacon of light. The rhythm section prove to be the championing heroes. Bass holds the low end with a chiptune inspired sound and drums lead the charge with amazing precision. The song takes us to the beautiful stratosphere before guiding us back down to the earth with the powerful dual guitar solos provided by Brad Lyons and Jesse Payne.

Heart Torn Apart

Lyrically, this is the band’s most vulnerable song on this record. Lyrics such as “Digest feelings spit it out/Battle each day just to feel a new” make this emo power pop inspired track relatable to anyone. The song is relative catchy with the guitars and bass approaching the motif in creative ways. The highlight moment on this track is the absolute devolution into a noise freakout and back into it’s power pop territory

Dead Eyes

Diving back into the slower jams, KinZie delivers with this airy track about giving up. The guitars are dripping in delay, bass sits in the pocket, and drums are hang back while instilling a sense of power. The most unique feature of this song is the use of keys as it’s the only instrument on the album that doesn’t appear in any other song or played by the band.

Brutus

Hands down the angriest track on the album. KinZie dives into some Husker Du like aggression with this monster. The band sounds like a living animal in cage, ready to tear apart anyone who defies them. The sound matches theme of betrayal and how a series of unfortunate events can lead to death. The screaming on this track was done in one take and it’s clear to see why: The agony and pure aggression can only be captured one time.

Wicked Ways

Believe it or not, this track was the band’s most difficult to record. The complexity might be missed the first time due to it’s power pop nature, but the band weaves in and out of musical complexity to keep it interesting for the listener. This is partly due to this track being directly influenced by Maps and Atlases. “I’ve been fascinated by the band’s approach to complex parts and making them simple” states KinZie frontman Phillip, “I think this something we’ll explore more with future releases”.

Catharsis 

For this track, the band completely ditches distortion altogether to capture a sense of relief. The effort pays off very well as it’s the calmest and jazziest song on the album. The band really locks in well with lush verses and tight syncopation. It’s hard to believe the comforting sense of acceptance spoken by the vocalist is real especially after the earlier tracks tones, but it wraps up what feels like a mini arc(was this a concept record?)

Trust Fund Babies

The band does their own spicy take of how they feel about evil rich people. The guitar and bass open up with a fuzzy unison riff that would make System while the drums pound away like a thousand war drums before locking in a uptempo punk beat. The chorus blooms into a shoegaze punk riff that sounds like My Bloody Valentine’s noisy cousin. The biggest highlight is the call and response between the guitar and bass that squeal, squawk, and squabble on who’s the loudest.

Oh Well

As we come to a close on this musically diverse album, the band decides to throw one more curveball. A digital fuzz soup bath about the end of the world. In true fashion, this was the last song to be written by the band after the original track wouldn’t cut it. The lyrics reflect on two perspectives: humans and the Sun. The music matches this momentous moment with a rumbling chorus and deep vocals. The apathy in this track will literally suffocate you if you listening deeply how the lyrics dictate the music. A stunning end to a debut album.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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