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Kites and Boomerangs' Curiosity Album Review
"There’s this subset of indie rock that takes a cue from Graceland-era Paul Simon, copping the classic’s world-beat pretensions and sunny melodies to create the kind of bouncy optimistic pop that sounds ready-made for ACL side-stages. Think: bands like Givers and Vampire Weekend (and to a more hacky-sacking extent Rusted Root), and you’ve kind of got an idea of where Arlington/Keller quartet Kites & Boomerangs are coming from.
And yet Kites & Boomerangs are kind of their own thing. Curiosity definitely shares Vampire Weekend’s trebly enthusiasm, but the album sounds more earnest than precious; maybe it’s the DIY bedroom sonics, or maybe it’s the warm, growly bass and rollicking time changes that make this rock more than you’d expect. The jangly guitar lead and reggaeish tom fills of opener “Pastel Sky” skip over a bassline that wouldn’t be offended if you wanted to call it Al. If you can get around the fact that “Mystery Pie” sounds like a reggae song from a third-wave ska band, it’s one of those balmy jams that sounds good when you’re almost too day-drunk to properly grill a steak. “Pie” leads into “Love of Another Kind,” a slow-burning ballad that wouldn’t be out of place on a Josh Weathers album, and “Lady I Like” struts along way tougher than its shimmery guitar tones would have you believe. Same for the groovy, angular cruise of “When I’m with You.” While this sounds like Kites & Boomerangs are all over the map, the genre-hopping and tight musicianship make it a good soundtrack for early evening cruising and late-night after-party dance-offs." –– Steve Steward, Fort Worth Weekly
Kites & Boomerangs was formed from a hodgepodge of influences in late January 2012 in the DFW area. Ranging from indie, blues, funk, folk, soul, and world music the band continues to search for expanding their pallet of approaches and sculpt new sounds. After consistently playing shows and writing material throughout the spring of 2012, K&B spent two, 10 hour long sessions at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton to record their debut album, Curiosity. The album is a 9 track celebration of original material and was mixed/produced by the band in a DIY fashion.The current lineup consists of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, Will Appleton, Eoin Donovan, Josh Garcia and Donnie Simmons.
Lately, K&B has been writing new material and collaborating with various local bands to put on shows all over the metroplex. For booking or questions, just shoot us an email!