Clint K Band – Three Man Show

Clint K Band
Three Man Show

The Lawrence, Kansas area has gained something of a reputation, with bands like The Get Up Kids, Appleseed Cast, and others developing a mid-west emo scene. Although from the same city and playing shows with those bands, the Clint K Band are most definitely not an emo band. In fact, they’re more of a pop-rock band than anything else, not even really qualifying for the power-pop genre.
Yes, these songs are all about an emphasis on vocals, guitar hooks, and sing-along choruses. Known for their live shows, I’m willing to bet that too much sheen on production has taken some of the edge out of these boys. I can tell that, live, the songs would have more energy and enthusiasm. Here, they tend to feel a little simplistic, yet they’re still tight and quite fun, definitely showing a lot of promise for a young band.
The album opens with edgy guitar and vocals on “Start it Now” that remind me, wonderfully, of early Archers of Loaf, and my expectations get quite high, before the song settles down into a more mainstream, head-swaying feel. But then “Best Friends,” with its chorus of “oh, oh, oh, oh, We’ve got the best friends in the world,” is just a bit too goody, too nice and simple. Get a little more edgy, like on “Take it to the Stage,” a bit more guitar-focused rock song about playing live. “Cry” is the band’s ballad, all emotional and filled with acoustic guitar.
The band’s style is best epitomized on the Fig Dish-like “Sleeping Beauty,” with its “doo-doo-doo” and hooky rock sound and “I Don’t Mind,” which sounds somewhat akin to former Archer singer Eric Bachman’s solo work with Crooked Fingers. The quiet, ultra-sensitive and acoustic “Call Me Down” is a nice track, and the closer, “Runaround,” is a decent guitar-based rock song. The band shouldn’t try to do the Southern rock sound on “In Love Again,” despite its Too Much Joy pop feel, and the sappy love rock song like “Vanna D.” is pretty poor.
The Clint K Band fully embraces its references to bands like Collective Soul and Everclear, although I’d say they’re more similar to acts like Eve 6 and Black Lab. They’re definitely poppy, with a mainstream quality that was popular before all that angry nu-metal stuff hit, but they’ve got some talented guitar riffs and a nice sense of hook-laden rock. This album sounds a bit too light and airy, but it shows great promise.