KID:NAP:KIN - Hush Now...
Record Label: None
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Hush Now... is like a stress ball. You come home from a long day of torching the Raffelesia arnoldii in your garden and all you want is something to calm yourself down after the disappointment of finding out that such an ugly thing existed. Well, in this case, the quirky, dissonant jazz riffs of KID:NAP:KIN's 8-track rocker is probably the type of music you're looking for.
"Cavalcade (Blushing In Boxes)" leads the progressive rock march, and is also one of the few tracks that feature post-hardcore screams. Evidently, "Cavalcade" is only a teaser because the record flows right into the mellow, spoken-poetry drone of "Interlude: Lullaby." There's another interlude further down the album, but Hush Now... hardly feels like an EP. Instead, the catchy "Heroin Grillz" officially starts off the album with a "we're here to rock!" intro that'll get your head a-bouncing and your hips a-jiggling no matter what mood you're in.
One thing you'll immediately notice is Daniel Ellis' high, spiraling The Mars Volta-esque vocals. While there are some areas where this can be jarring, you'll most likely end up ignoring it and appreciating the level of adeptness in which they are carried out. Sure, they might be a different story live, but at this point on record, they're comparable to that of Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy's in terms of skill and fluidity.
But the vocals never overshadow the rest of the band. Hush Now... is more instrument-driven than vocals-driven, and evidence of this has been tacked all over the record. Jamila Weaver's low, bluesy bass grooves its honorable self on tracks like chill "The Hush" and the interludes, while Patrick Hanlin's entertaining drumming psh's and paa's its way through songs. All this combined with Ellis' jazzy guitar lines easily makes KID:NAP:KIN one of the best bands in their scene right now.
One complaint I have with Hush Now... is the monotony it can reach. It tries to keep the KID:NAP:KIN sound fresh throughout the album by adding little breaks and style changes, but in the end, it's just really hard to reach the end of the record in one sitting. Obviously this problem isn't that big of a deal; individual tracks can stand their own, but it might be disappointing to the enthusiast who likes to sit down and listen to an entire album at once. Also, some of the tracks feel like they could use some more cohesive songwriting, but this is a minor thing you probably won't even notice.
Though Hush Now... functions well as a stress ball, it also acts like a dolphin. A dolphin wants to be able to fly - you can tell by the way it's constantly jumping arch-like into the air. Everyone knows dolphins are extremely smart, and if you follow this line of thinking, you can deduce that they're almost finished perfecting jetpacks in their underwater bases. It's only a matter of months before these intelligent sea creatures patrol the skies. In the mean time though, they're amazingly adept at what they do - swim and carry little children to safety.
In the same vein, KID:NAP:KIN is ready to explode; they've got the tools musically and skillfully to pull it off. I heard rumors that even Ozzy Ozborne's drummer endorses the band. They've got some small setbacks that prevent them from fully spreading their wings right now, but it'll only be a matter of months before most of the kids in this scene know who KID:NAP:KIN is. In the mean time, we've got the fun and rocking Hush Now... to enjoy.