Cowboy Versus Sailor
it me or does K-ET lead singer Michael Hunter sound just like Matt Sweeney from
Chavez on opening track "Softer Seems the Pavement"? In fact, I kinda
think these guys are going for that whole Chavez thing, though their music isn't
quite as adventurous. (I don't know why I still compare bands to Chavez. Though
great, and influential, that band was so short-lived that everyone's probably
scratching their heads, trying to figure out why I'm comparing K-ET to the leader
of the United Farm Workers Union).
that Chavez sound with the angular indie rock buzz that about 100 bands are doing
these days and you're getting close to what Kite-Eating Tree is all about. And
that last line wasn't a shot, incidentally. There are about a thousand jangular
indie bands out there, but only a couple know how to graft a melody to a cacophony
of guitars. K-ET has taken a Foo Fighters' approach to the problem, concentrating
both on the chord grind and vocals at the same time. These aren't cast-off vocal
lines, they sound as if they were actually written alongside the guitar parts
(wow, what a concept) instead of made-up after the rest of the song was written.
In fact, K-ET is gonna
get pegged as a Foo Fighter's knock-off on first blush because they know how to
create a sneering guitar groove, and Hunter's voice is damn good, certainly better
than Grohl's by a shitstreak.
are missteps. The minor drang of "Hollywood Hates You" sounds kinda
cheesy and dated, though lyrically, I couldn't agree more. They need to stay as
far away from that whole dark-destroyer fuzz guitar thing that Godsmack seems
to have re-invented (you certainly don't want any more Godsmack comparisons winding
up in your reviews). The pop-bang of "Retrograde" and stream-lined pounding
of "Save Your Stares for Strays" are more like it.
Posted Feb. 20,
2004. Copyright © 2004 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
voice is damn good, certainly better than Grohl's by a shitstreak."|