Minneapolis rockers KILO FLAG were born out of the dissolution of several other bands which its members had previously played in. Their first EP has quite a bit of heft behind its conception. With the release of the KILO FLAG EP the band seeks to combine their musical influences, namely fellow Minnesotan bands The Replacements and Babes in Toyland, infused with themes inspired by the writings of social welfare activists such as Naomi Klein, Daniel Quinn and Rachel Carson.
And KILO FLAG waste no time in getting down to business. From the guitar centric Weezer-esque first track "Anthropocene Epoch," comes the lines “stretching out across the kingdom as we please / bringing it to its knees / delivering disease / bursting at the seams.” At first I was a bit perplexed by the nature of the song, but then grew to appreciate it. I thought to myself not every song has to be about a broken relationship or redundantly political. A call to arms to look at what we as a society as a whole are doing to the planet and each other seems a pretty good alternative.
So then the witty and upbeat rocker “Commodify Your Life,” was even more appetizing to my ears as it talks about “product placement in your dreams,” as the drums crash and a myriad of raucous guitars ring out. This idea of consumerism bleeds into the next track “The High Command” which reminded me of the more experimental noise rock albums of Sonic Youth.
Later KILO FLAG prove they are not just a raucous guitar glaring band, but that they can also write a pretty slick pop-rock friendly tune which arrives as the delightful “Repeat After Me.” This pop-friendliness continues on the next track “Zeroes and Ones” which had a pop punk texture to it. KILO FLAG lets it all go on the grungy closer “History is Written,” a good ole fashioned smash and bang tune that which bears odes to their compatriots The Replacements.
Though disguised as a rock record, KILO FLAG EP is more of a musical manifesto than anything. It was a welcomed change to hear people writing songs about things bigger than themselves.
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