REVIEW: Kinski: Semaphore EP
Kinski: Semaphore EP [Subpop, 2002] (mp3s)
Three words? 1994 is calling...
Setting: Early 2001, Kinski band practice. Guitarist and vocalist Chris Martin enters the room with a bag bursting with new CDs...
"Hey everyone, check out all these new CDs I got. They're amazing!"
"Passes around Slint's Spiderland, Nirvana's Bleach, Bush's Sixteen Stone, and Sonic Youth's Dirty and Goo.
"Slint has got this totally amazing quiet-to-loud thing going on, Nirvana and Bush have a huge wall of guitars, and Sonic Youth has totally great experimental rock songs. Imagine what we could do if we combined all of those elements! We would be unstoppable!"
Murmurs of agreement... practice continues...
One year and a Sub Pop record-contract later, Chris Martin enters band practice with a new copy of their EP and a slightly disappointed look on his face.
"Well everyone, we've worked really hard and we should be really proud of what we've done, but, I guess I didn't realize that our sound was so diluted, and, let's be frank, so heinously played-out. I remember when I brought those CDs to practice – they really changed me – but I guess other people have played this music and progressed beyond it. Why, just the other day I heard this band called... Radiohead, I think. Or maybe it was Radioneck... Anyway, they were amazing... We sound a little dated I suppose. I guess we would have been popular back in '95 huh?”
"But hey, we can only go up from here, right? Things will get better, right? Right?"