Four fiery musicians and a strong taste for success, Kindergarten Kings are primed to be the next big thing. They're doing all the right things, opening up for trending acts, putting out solid EPs and landing high profile events. Did I mention they've only been at it since 2013? I know first- hand the level of work and raw talent that demands and it's no joke. So I had some preconceived notions as to the quality I was in for. To be honest, the production on there latest EP Too Young left a little more to be desired, but it was nothing garish and soon blended itself.
The beat and guitar work on "Open Mind" walk hand in hand like early romance, the drums humbly stapling while Vinnie's vocals make great moves via painted lyrics. It's a coasting easy track that rides the softer side of punk indie with emotional rock. Great rhythms and compliments between the guitars keep musicianship and integrity fresh in the listener's mind. This is a good yard jam for when you're with your buddies or just a significant other. Again, the guitar sounds just like it should for "From Across The Room". Just the slightest touch of 80s funk and mid treble modern.
Marcus makes a habit of moving the melody up the neck to noodle around underneath the chorus layers, which I think could be even more pronounced and heavier stated. Anthony chooses to pace the beat on the ride or hats at times where I think they should be the opposite, especially on the chorus. It's on the wonky side and has potential for being a bit of a floor stomper, but that meek ride cymbal just doesn't do it for me. Nit picking aside, this tune breaks up the album very nicely and has a positive spirit.
"For Tonight" has an opening riff that sounds confusingly similar to Pink's "Raise Your Glass". It’s purely coincidental, but worth mentioning just so you can go see for yourself. The ears really have to catch themselves. I think this song is another fine example of the lighthearted nature this band exudes. It has airy guitar, particularly bright and intimate, and the vocals move without strain or risk. And that really is the M.O. for Too Young - make the songs upbeat and attractive without having to push or be anything that they're not. Great vibes for good times is my listening advice for this album. Drinks optional, but highly suggested.
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