Kettle Pot Black was brought together by Michael Batchelor, who writes—as well as sings and plays guitar on—every KPB track. Batchelor's songs are formed in a passionate moment and fed by a lifetime of naivety, misunderstanding and hope. He has spent years writing in an attempt to reconcile his conservative, rural upbringing with his own beliefs that stand squarely at odds with those of his former townsfolk. The sound he's arrived at is equal parts Punk Rock and 1950's Country, bound together by insistent narrative and big hooks.
The band—Michael Batchelor, BJ Capelli, Emily Bolles and David Bolles—have done well to keep their songs heartfelt, emotionally honest and lyrically interesting.