SXSW: The KIN Rock the Bluhammock Brunch (Bluhammock Records) at the Iron Cactus!
Alan Bendele brings us up to speed with The KIN who have been criss-crossing the US on tour and about to launch the next segment on the East Coast (West Coast– West Coast.. you guys!! Please.. it’s killing us!). Alan got a chance to not only hear THE KIN at the lush Bluhammock Brunch but he spoke to them too.
Getting through SXSW can be taxing. The “intensive” walking, dancing, eating, drinking, and listening can wear anyone out! It’s important to start each SXSW day with hearty sustenance–perhaps a delicious brunch at a rooftop restaurant on Sixth Street?
It sounded like a great idea to me–and to a New York/Australian based band named The Kin. They were special
guests of the Bluhammock Brunch–sponsored by Bluhammock Music (www.bluhammok.com)–on the top deck of the Iron Cactus on Saturday morning.
It was a beautiful morning: the sun shining and the temperature perfect for this outdoor food + music event. With my chorizo breakfast taco summarily inhaled, I snagged front row seat and watched The Kin. Isaac and Thorry Koren, the brothers of “The Kin,” can REALLY sing. I saw them play a very stripped down acoustic set, with just an acoustic guitar and them singing and it was extremely enjoyable. The singing and harmonizing were spot on, and the songs were emotional and catchy. They hit the notes with ease while Thorry played a spirited guitar.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to catch the full band. I had really hoped to see Isaac play his parts on the Rhodes, his usual electro-mechanical keyboard of choice. I love Rhodes, and his parts
ring through on their recordings. They have quite a few songs from their latest album, Rise and Fall, up on their Myspace site , www.myspace.com/thekin and also www.thekin.com.
In talking with the brothers, we discussed their plans to work independently on their albums and spread the word by touring and playing live shows. Like most committed bands, they
are VERY hardworking. They have a strong base in New York, with pockets of love spread throughout the country. Look for them on the West Coast soon!
Isaac & Thorry Koren from THE KIN (Oct. photo)
Thanks to Thorry and Isaac Koren of The KIN for the interview time. A BIG thank you to Alan Bendele whose musical prowess helped the SXSW event coverage pop. If you are in Austin, you can catch him playing with one of three different bands. Totally a multi-tasking musical whiz!!
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