Kilowatthours – All Things Regarding EP

Kilowatthours
All Things Regarding EP

I really enjoy this band in terms of the style of music they play and the ways they manage to stand out from all the others that play the same thing. I guess that style would be emo, and they’re going to be classified that way with a former member of Elliott and such melodic, beautiful guitar. Ah, but that’s not what sets them apart. It’s the piano. I reviewed their new 7″ recently and went out to buy this EP, and while these songs all tend to sound a bit the same, they do show off beautifully the melodic side of this band.
Kilowatthours manage to combine a piano into this blend of melodic rock perfectly. The piano flows perfectly with the guitar, creating a meld of the two instruments, where it’s often hard to tell them apart. It’s a beautiful combination, because the piano is played very powerfully. The rest of the music is very intense yet not too heavy rock with plenty of melodic guitar, some nice vocals, and drums that tend to be mixed a bit too much to the forefront.
The album starts with a short but pretty instrumental that flows perfectly into “9 Days Every Morning,” also an instrumental, which picks up the pace a bit more and puts more emphasis on the piano. Ah, the electric guitars really kick in on the title track, and the vocals come in somewhat hushed but very sweet, sounding a bit like Christie Front Drive. I made many more CFD comparisons to the band’s newer 7″. “John Cope” starts off very soft but picks up nicely, with the drums really setting the pace. The vocals are tough to make out, sounding a bit muffled, but that just blends nicely with the music. “Distraction in Green” really rocks. It seems like each song flows so perfectly into the next and builds so evenly. This must have been very thought out. The piano isn’t used as much here as I would like, but the whole song rocks very smooth and very intense, with driving guitars and pounding drums. But the piano is used more intrinsically in “Petunia Wise” (wtf does that mean?), a nice song that does tend to sound similar to the others but flows perfectly and even rocks out just enough, really building to quite a crescendo by the end.
This could be the high-powered, emotional band that gets kids thinking it’s cool to play a regular piano again after all that synthesizers and keyboards have done to make it uncool. Because the piano is what sets Kilowatthours apart. It’s beautiful, complex, emotional music, and throwing the piano in there just makes it all the better. This is definitely a band whose next album will take the indie world by storm.