Kinetic Stereokids – Have A Nice Day EP

Kinetic Stereokids - Have A Nice Day EP

Kinetic Stereokids - Have A Nice Day EP

Kinetic Stereokids hails from Flint, MI, a town with not much to offer as far as fun for its youth. So the four young men behind the band did what so many other fidgety kids do when there’s nothing better to do: they formed a band. Taking insight from everything from post rock to trip hop to Appalachian folk, the boys mashed it all together into a sometimes inspired, sometimes warmed-over sound that never sounds bored and is always restless.

The three songs comprising Have A Nice Day EP form a too terse cross-section of Kinetic Stereokids’ modus operandi. It’s too brief to get an accurate read on the band’s promise as well as its general direction. If forced to, a person would probably ram its sound into the new primitivism category made popular by High Places and Yeasayer, but this does not do the band justice. The rhythms are dirtier, the vocals less reverberated, and the guitars too mean to fit this moniker. Beat heavy post rock goes some distance towards describing it, but while some bands stick snugly into a category, Kinetic Stereokids seems to go out of its way to avoid any non-hyphenated description at all.

Opener “Have A Nice Day”’s refrains about tumbleweed describe its gentle strumming perfectly, and the song passes by without much to remember it by, much like the dried detritus repeated throughout its lyrics. The final two numbers, “Blunder” and “Explosions Were Heard”, share a common cacophony, with distorted beats forming the foundation over grimy guitars and, in the case of the former, a banjo interlude that’s a head-scratcher and a welcome respite. Kinetic Stereokids might not engage as much as it hopes to, but this EP points to things crazier and, hopefully, more memorable, to come.