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“Kung Fu” Luke Kelly assembled Kung Fu Crime Wave in 2006 after dismantling the Mondays, the band he formed when he was fourteen. KFCW now contains three fourths of the Brooklyn Kelly family including older sister Joanna, bass player and vocal harmonizer, and older brother Neil (of Huggabroomstik) who became a drummer for the occasion. The eldest, Beth, is not in the band, but Preston Spurlock plays a mean keyboard and Deenah Vollmer can really tremolo on the amplified mandolin. Matthew Roth of Schwervon! described the band as, “Playful apocalyptic rock that’s kind of psychedelic with a healthy dose of moody.” Using wit, aptitude, virility, and crescendo, Kung Fu Crime Wave plays anthem ballads that tell a story, be it about how a merry-go-round was built on a burial ground, robot warfare, monster
combat, or the anxieties of growing up.