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Kinch
Advances
Questing Beast
www.kinchband.com


The decision to give away your music for free is never one that's undertaken lightly. You're giving up a lot for the potential of gaining some fans. In the case of a new band Kinch, had they not made that decision, perhaps I would not have discovered just how talented they really are.

The roundabout way I was introduced to them makes no difference, yet once I was and downloaded their newest album, it easily became one of the most frequented on my iPod. Advances is their first full-length album and it is top notch. Picking a favorite song off the album is about a difficult as predicting the price of gas next week. But I'll give it a shot. My top favs of the album come in at: "All I Done", "Fare Forward", "Synaesthesia" and "Making Out In The Library." The first comes at ya like a train from the very beginning and really doesn't slow down… ever. The guitar is an expert mixture of rock riffs and a bit of blues twang. And there's something about that chorus. It's not only that its simplicity gets itself permanently stuck in your head, but it's so solid you'd almost think they wrote that first and then the rest of the song around it. "Fare Forward" is easily my favorite from the album. The piano is timeless and carries seamlessly through the entire song. This is one of those songs that will cause that foot to inexplicably start tapping. There's almost a hint of swing in this one as well. "Synaesthesia" is a bit more melodic song. The rhythm slowed down a touch, at least for a little while. The key component that snagged me on this song was the chorus. "Get it out of my head, get it out of my head, get it out of my head" is a set of lyrics that would quite easy to get stuck IN your head. Finally "Making Out In The Library" is just plain a cool song. This is classic rock at its finest. The guitar averages in a slightly higher octave than typical, but really shines throughout the entire 4:51. And with a title like "Making Out In The Library" you can only imagine the perfection of these lyrics. This is a song that is way too fun to sing along to.

Kinch is a band that has the ability to really make something of themselves. And with an album like this to essentially lead the way, there is nothing they have to worry about. Advances is one of those records that has the strength to stand on its own, no need for comparison here. The four guys from Arizona have already set plans to put out another EP The Economic Chastisement (their first was Corinth). Trust me; the anticipation for this one is growing!

-Rachel Fredrickson

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