The Kingston Springs
Late night, delirious and sleep deprived; these are not usually the words to describe the ideal musical discovery situations, but this is where you are wrong. A&R should stand for 'always' & 'ready' because I am always ready to discover music, and the most noteworthy of finds are usually derived from accidental situations.
Case in point, my trolling through the chasms of the internet led me to The Kingston Springs. The Kingston Springs are a 4-piece band from the appropriately named Kingston Springs, Tennessee. They maintain a unique and raw sound -- combining elements of garage, surf rock, grime, grit, blues and folk sprinkled with a touch of americana. If you your badassery served on the same plate as The Family Rain, Natural Child, Fly Golden Eagle, then alight here.
The Kingston Springs are members Ian (lead vocals, guitar), Alex (bass), James (banjo, guitar, trumpet, and keys) and Matt (drums). They value lyricism first and foremost; believing in the importance of writing thought-provoking songs. The guys are all close friends, so when it comes to the song-writing process, it is a collaborative effort -- allowing for four different inputs and writing styles to be healthily utilized.
Ian, Alex, James and Matt have attitude, but are not afraid to show their soft and sensitive side evident on tracks such as "Lover" and "German Girl." They are not adverse to diving into different musical genres and showing variety; allowing for an overall dynamic and textured sound.
Vocally diverse and strong, lyrically clever, musically tight and audaciously raw in sound; The Kingston Springs are a refreshing reminder that excellent musicianship is alive and well.
Their self-titled full length is an extraordinary gem of all colors, genres, flavors and tastes. Everyone is sure to find something they like!