The debut EP from Kryptos is something completely different to psychobilly, scratching an itch that’s been nagging you for who knows how long. With an undeniably unique sound that is as smooth as it is mental, this almost-perfect recording sets your speakers on fire.
I first heard these guys off the California Psychobilly compilation from Rockin’ Psycho Records, where they closed off the comp with a titanic six minute long track called “Between Here and There” (Lo-fi mono sample in Episode 74). This one stood out on the comp, primarily due to its length combined with its constant fresh and evolving sound. In a genre that’s rooted in punk and rockabilly, most songs feature a predictable formula and rarely exceed 3 min. Kryptos break this mold with some very out of the box influences that my tiny brain can’t even begin to identify.
There’s more to this band than the long songs, though, it’s primarily how different everything sounds. Their bassist is simultaneously clean and frantic with almost none of that slap-knocking sound (another surprisingly rare element in psychobilly). This was heavily exploited with some of the smoothest reverb’d guitars, creating a BIG, smooth and suave musical anomaly. It might just be because of how over-the-board this bass guy goes, but it also stands out even more when the second guitar gets in the mix. Even if you only heard their song “Hypocrisy” once, you’ll know that these guys are absolute creative geniuses (Low-fidelity monaural version heard in Episode 81).
While there’s the balls-mental psychobilly, the crystal-clean product, the unique edge and original style, this EP isn’t without its flaws. According to Kryptos’ band profile, they’re not just a psychobilly band. They categorize themselves as a “Psychobilly/Experimental/Progressive” band, and the progressive experiments are obvious in tracks four and five. If you’re a person who put on this EP for hearing some of THEE wildest rock and roll, then these are going to blindside you like they did me. These two tracks are slower and long-winded, creating a confusing vibe that could only be pulled off if it were trashy. Instead they sound too artistic, akin to what I imagine as Morissey is like. It’s a huge risk for a band to split their soon-to-be-branded sound on a debut release, especially within the niche genre of psychobilly. But are those two tracks bad? I honestly don’t know if it’s BAD music, I just know I skip them.
Even with the two weird tracks, this EP is still going to blast out your speakers and earbuds. The good stuff is absolutely WILD, while adding enough flair to stand out in a sometimes formulaic genre. Hopefully, Kryptos keep it wild with future releases. Get your hi-fidelity, stereophonic copy at Rockin Psycho Records. And to all you vinyl hounds, I feel your pain. While it’s definitely worth the few odd dollars, this is EP is for digital download only.
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Formed in 2007, the Kryptos rise from California's San Fernando Valley introducing their own breed of experimental psychobilly! Heavily influenced by early European Psycho, their growing musical influences have broadened to various genres and contemporary music groups. Tossing aside stereotypes, Kryptos focus on playing what might stimulate the listener's senses. One thing for sure, they're sound is unpredictable!
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We'll start with it's been a real fun year and thank you all for being part of movement that we here have strived to begin. The wheels are moving and hopefully 2012 brings a greater year for us all (you the fans, comrades, customers, bands and friends are who we are referring to). After all, it's you that make it possible. We released California Psychobilly to help put us on the right track and thus far we have had the delightful opportunity to work with talented bands such as Cannibal Madmen, The Kryptos, The Daffys, Dr. Bizarro's Victims, and The Pea Brains. We did say we'd have 4 releases by the end of the year and so far no dice. Mainly due to the traveling I've had to do with my primary source of income but I did get to meet a few cool people abroad while away from home. The Kryptos have 5 new songs ready for distribution and you can find one of these at our SoundCloud page. The Daffys, Dr. Bizarro's Victims, and The Pea Brains have been diligently working in the studio to get the album completed and should be ready for you in the beginning months of 2012. Once these debuts are out, We should have The Cigaratz, Deadbeat Vultures, and a few mysteries in the works for their debut. California Psychobilly Vol 2 should be out by Summer. That's all we'll say for now. We don't want to ruin a surprise or say a promise we can't keep. We'd like to take a minute and say Thank You to Sergio from 88.9FM KXLU Los Angeles for having us on the radio a few times to promote and expose the local psychobilly scene. Thank you Jacob from Zorch Radio for the quick interview and exposure in the Washington area. We're sure we'll be doing more shows in the future to come. Thank you Gary, Tobe, Neil, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Raucous, the bands, distributors, promoters, mentors and everyone else that had a part in this years successful story. 2012, here we come!
Happy Holidays, The Rockin Psycho Records family