Imagine Wire and Echo & The Bunnymen collaborating on an album circa 1981. That’s pretty much what can be found on the Kiss-Off’s EP Brace. Whereas many a New York act have fallen into the creative trap of churning out formulaic post-punk, The Kiss-Off have managed to fuse two disparate styles together in an intriguing way. In fact, Sam Tyndall’s vocals at once evoke the reverb-drenched vocal stylings of Ian MacCulloch and the guttural punch of Colin Newman (circa Pink Flag), which is a feat in and of itself. The rhythms and melodies alternate between the angular minimalism of Wire and the pop-psychedelia of Echo & The Bunnymen, most notably on the song “Mother Murderer.” Faint traces of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) can also be heard in stand-out track “Amplify,” which might be an aesthetic the band could further explore in future releases. While it is not ground-breaking, Brace is a great example of how a modern band can tap past influences without sounding like a tribute band. (self-released) –DJ Pangburn

 
  1. These guys are the most underrated nyc band…they rock!

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  2. I think I read about these guys on brooklyn vegan or something. I went out to see them based on the blog and I was blown away!! Such intense energy and power in their music. Stay on top of these boys and see them at small venues up close and personal while you still can. Soon they’ll be selling out stadiums around the world!!!!!

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