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Kinski 7 (or 8) krs597 06/02/15
Kinski Cosy Moments krs572 04/02/13

About Kinski

Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

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Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. The band follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. NME has described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski has toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Black Mountain, Acid Mothers Temple, and opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour.

Booking Info

Zinnia Su
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June 4, 2015 - 12:
Kinski have teamed with director Mike Wurn to create an INSANE music video for their song "Drink Up and Be Somebody"...[read]
May 29, 2015 - 14:
Kinski's SIIIIIIIIICK new album 7 (or 8) may not be available in stores until June 2nd, but you can stream it NOW at...[read]
May 26, 2015 - 13:
Kinski are thrilled to share the second single from their upcoming album 7 (or 8), their latest LP due out on Kill Rock...[read]
April 8, 2015 - 14
Great news! We will be releasing Kinski’s next album, 7 (or 8), on LP, CD, and good ol’ MP3 on June 2nd, 2015. You can...[read]
May 13, 2013 - 11:
Kinksi will be touring California next week in support of their new album Cosy Moments! 05/23 Eureka CA The Ink...[read]
March 6, 2013 - 14
Life is hard, you know that, Kinski knows that, hell, it’s practically the reason why whiskey and face-melting rock...[read]

Artist Info


  • Chris Martin
  • Lucy Atkinson
  • Matthew Reid-Schwartz
  • Barrett Wilke

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Upcoming Tour Dates

Tour Date City State/Prov Venue Name
10/22 Providence RI AS220 [info]
10/23 New York NY Cake Shop w/ Oneida [info]
10/24 Somerville MA Cuisine En Locale [info]
10/25 Winoosk VT Monkey House [info]
10/26 Montreal QC Turbo Haüs [info]
10/27 Toronto ONT Silver Dollar [info]
10/28 Chicago IL Empty Bottle [info]
10/29 Cleveland OH Beachland Tavern [info]
10/30 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's w/ Bardo Pond [info]

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