The End Will be Kicks "s/t" CDPosted on Thursday, June 1st, 2006 @ 11:42am » permalink
I don't think I have the complete packaging with this one, so by my neurotic standards I technically shouldn't be covering it. But the promo sleeve actually looks nice and feels somewhat complete, so… since I can't afford to drop the cash for a finished copy right now due to been buying too many CD's lately as it is, I'm gonna let it slide, because this is an excellent album that deserves to be heard. The End Will be Kicks is from Sweden and features former members of Him Kerosene and Breach (sadly I've never been able to track down much from Him Kerosene), and this self-titled affair is – yep, you guessed it – the band's debut full-length on Chalksounds. This one unloads 10 tracks and about 40 minutes of jangly and melodic indie rock that blends catchy sensibilities with an efficient sense of rawness that lends a slightly dated sounding edge to the overall tone. To some degree there's a "hip" tinge of rocked out darkness that has a "modern throwback" effect, if that makes sense, but for the most part the songwriting is very memorable and I really dig how they take a discordant and lightly noisy attack and counterbalance it with gripping melodic attributes. I'm guessing there are a number of bands along these general lines out there that I simply have no clue about because I don't get exposed to this kind of material as often as I'd like, so some might scoff at my take on it, but I can definitely hear some riffing in here that has a DC-ish kind of emo/indie ring to it (you know, the real deal stuff), while some of the occasional excursions into ringing reverb effects and whatnot sound more akin to a style of playing that's more "popular" these days. But the end result doesn't really have a lot in common with either of those influences, and, at least to me, this band has an overall aesthetic that's familiar yet still fairly original. Regardless of all that, I just really love the writing here, and when you break it down there are some slick little winding riffs and lots of intricate interactions between the instruments that are pretty damn involved considering the catchy punch that often results. Nicely done.
As is often the case with these little Scandinavian gems, your best source in the US is probably going to be the magnificent It's a Trap webstore. I'll probably end up dropping the $13 for a fully-loaded copy of the album myself at some point, and so should you if the above tracks catch your ear: