One of the downsides to having recording technology to anyone who owns a computer and a microphone is that musicians are often hasty to make something as quickly as possible. For instance a band forms and three months later they have released a five-song EP. There is something to be said about a band waiting until the chemistry has formed and hardened. Suffice it to say with rare exception do I think I a band should be recording anything before six months of forming.
Although the band Kitty City comprised of Krysta Kowalchik (vocals/guitar), Jim White (keyboard/synth/backup vocals/guitar) and Troy Hoffman (drums) formed three years ago Entanglement is their first release. It’s a five-song EP and unequivocally showcases a band who over those years have been working hard at their craft. Nothing about the band sounds like they are just getting started. The songwriting, delivery and overall chemistry is evident.
The band starts off very strong with “Kitty City.” I loved Kowalchik’s vocals within seconds. She has a powerful, soulful voice very much in similar company to Janis Joplin. There are some great builds in the song as well. That killer rise around the one-minute mark that leads to the catchy chorus is so on point.“Keep On The Up” brings up the mood with a nice funk and rock hybrid. The vocals are really catchy and fun. They are definitely the kind the kind of lyrics you could sing along with.
“Got Me All Wrong” is another success. The song has a bit of more subdued funky vibe as if you were chilling in a lounge. It’s smooth with some R&B flavor. The lead synth is just about perfect. They introduce a new style with the spaghetti western and surf influenced “Big Strong Man.” It sounded like a song Quentin Tarantino would use in one of his movies. They close with “Je Vois Rouge.” The first word that came to mind was badass. Everything about this song has attitude and danger. I loved it.
This is a great band that took their time to make something that was worth the wait. Recommended.
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