Party Rock. It’s a self-created genre, not ostentatious but simply a description of what a Kinetix show has come to be.
“Our goal has always been to channel the energy in a room and put on a performance. We want people to forget their problems and let loose. We put on a rock show,” lead guitarist Jordan Linit says.
Kinetix are equal parts pop and rock, like being warmly serenaded but knowing there’s a strong possibility of getting punched in the stomach. They blend pop sensibilities with searing guitar work and a physical, flexible rhythm section to create, well, Party Rock. The music is well composed and full of energy. The result has created a loyal, diverse audience spread throughout cities and towns across the country.
“You’ve got to play a show, first and foremost,” says drummer Jack Gargan. “A sold out venue or an intimate room, the song remains the same, so to speak. It’s all about, what can we do to make sure everyone in that room walks out with a smile?”
And play shows, they have. Culled from a few years, 400 gigs and 40,000 miles of interstate, Kinetix’s music is a direct byproduct of their journey. The packed late-night festival shows have left a deserved mark on the music, but maybe not more so than the smoke-filled rhythm and blues bars at 1:00 am on a Tuesday. They have a sponge-like quality to their development, summarized nicely in a Jambase.com review of their shaking-the-rafters performance at the 10,000 Lakes Festival last summer.
“Kinetix dropped one of the best Saloon Stage sets of the festival…[They successfully] mixed things up between poppy, punky, funky and sometimes in-your-face sounds. With the crowd hopping to originals and covers alike, Kinetix is poised to become a reputable late night attraction on the festival circuit.”
Let it be said, those festival dates have come in handy. Due in large part to those performances, Kinetix has turned friendly hellos into direct support slots for national acts The Flobots, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, RJD2, Umphrey’s McGee, The Greyboy Allstars, and Particle. In fact, the Flobots were so enamored with Kinetix that Flobots guitarist/producer Andy ROK has signed on to produce the bands’ upcoming album, scheduled for a spring 2010 release.
Though diverse in taste, the band shares an intricate appreciation for music history and theory. In fact, the Kinetix story began in pursuit of advanced degrees at the Lamont School of Music. Having met each other at local shows, Kinetix formed and set their tone.
“The five of us started with different backgrounds. Pop, rock, ballad, hip-hop, and it took a lot of work and a lot of practice to create our sound,” remembers keyboardist/vocalist Eric Blumenfeld. Of course to the band this birth seems ages ago, if only because they are the type to pursue continual reinvention. For Kinetix, that pursuit is on display nightly. In a few short cycles they have grown from the Denver venue scene to the summer festival circuit to nationwide tours. The music has inspired drive and confidence within the band, and the result sounds an awful lot like Party Rock.
Adam Lufkin — Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals
Eric Blumenfeld — Keys/ Vocals
Jordan Linit — Lead Guitar
Josh Fairman — Bass
Jack Gargan — Drums
Gianluca Becuzzi released many albums and performed live around Europe during the last two decades under various names.
The artistic production of KINETIX is characterised by a strong experimental imprint, by the interest into the expressive possibilities offered by the digital technologies and by a clear aesthetic inclination towards minimalist forms and micro noises/sounds.
KINETIX deals with computer music, audio art, sound installations, ambient post-scorings, laptop sets and sound design.
The relationships between art and science, between audio and visual-spatial forms, as well as between composition and self-generative processes represent the main themes in the sonological research of KINETIX.
Edited by Tilaton on 9 Jul 2012, 13:00
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