Album Review: Kane Place Record Club
Thirty minutes of infectious vocals and creative arrangements by the band of the same name.
Kane Place Record Club quite literally started as a weekly record-listening club that convened at Nick Tovarek’s home on Kane Place in Milwaukee’s east side. Eventually, the college friends piled their affinity for others people’s music into a band of their own.
Since its 2010 outset, the soulful indie act has seen its popularity grow - so much so that the band is featured near the top of lineup for numerous Milwaukee festivals and special events—as its sound has continued to develop. Kane Place’s self-titled follow-up to its To Our Friends EP is its latest, longest and altogether best effort to date.
With its use of flute, violin, piano and lovey-dovey lyrics, opener “Smoke Rings” is an early misnomer—albeit a pretty one—to an otherwise funky, ass-shaking album. Single (and subsequent song) “Sleep” gives a better indication of the album Kane Place set out to record between singer Jon Scott’s heavily distorted vocals and chunky guitar licks.
“In My Bones” shows the band at its best, as Scott’s voice alternates between its displaced ‘70s soul-era howl and fragile modern radio rock falsetto while strings look for daylight between fat walking bass lines (the undeniable skills of bassist Eris are well utilized throughout). The band’s trajectory seems to shift between polished Panic! At The Disco-type indie rock (ex: “Sorry For The Mess” and the ultra catchy closer “Sunshine”) and repurposed remnants from a bygone period of music like Yes instrumentation, and James Brown inflection. In “10,000 Timpani” Scott even screams “Hit it!” and “Hit it twice!” a la Brown.
While influences and comparisons run the gamut of genre and generation, no song sits in stark contrast to another. In the album bearing the band’s name, Kane Place Record Club comes through in a much bigger way in its middling first EP. They do so with 30 minutes of booming and infectious vocals, creative arrangement, and a just plain great rhythm section that coalesces into something deserving of a spin at your next record club meeting and beyond.
Kane Place Record Club is available digitally on Bandcamp Aug. 15. The band will release its self-titled album Aug. 31 at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, headlining a show that also features Wax Addicts and Video Villains. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5 at the door ($10 with album).
Images courtesy of Kane Place Record Club.