"...every bit as radio-ready as [Gin Blossom's] 'Hey Jealousy' or [Jimmy Eat World's] 'The Middle' - avclub.com
"...it's solid and interesting indie rock at its best" - AbsolutePunk.net
"Collars And Sleeves is a taught four-track powerhouse not to be missed" - IGN Music
"Catchy as hell." - Hear Ya
"To fans of The Shins, The Flaming Lips and Coldplay: ...you'll be pleasantly surprised." - In Your Speakers
"They are savvy -- in how they craft piano-driven hooks, in how they market themselves, in how they have built a fan base" - So Much Silence
This June, Arizona's Kinch heads east for a month of residencies in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., while filling out the rest of the calendar with dates in other Midwest and East Coast cities from Atlanta to Chicago.
To celebrate, Kinch has re-released its 2009 and 2010 EPs, The Economic Chastisement and Collars and Sleeves, on two 7" vinyl records for the first time. These records are the first in a series of seven-inch releases from Atlanta's Criminal Records, who were so taken with the band following one performance that they decided to launch the imprint. The EPs are state-of-the-art, audiophile treasures, featuring digital download codes for high-res recordings of the vinyl test pressings along with other hidden treasures and puzzles.
These EPs follow on the heels of Kinch's self-released 2008 debut, Advances, which was named best Arizona Record of 2008 by the Phoenix New Times, a Village Voice alt-weekly.
Kinch recently completed a string of dates with Jimmy Eat World. They have officially showcased at CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, Summerfest, NoisePop, and dates on Van's Warped Tour. In 2010, Kinch performed as Local H's backing band on the 6 Angry Records Tour while doing double duty as the tour's opening act.
Kinch -- the name Buck Mulligan calls Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's Ulysses -- bears a murky etymological history. Mulligan calls Dedalus "Kinch, the knife-blade," ostensibly because of his wit and acuity. However, some critics link the word to "kinchin" or "child." In this context, perhaps Mulligan is commenting on his friend's naiveté.
Whatever the case, Kinch -- the indie rock band from Phoenix, AZ -- would be pleased to associate themselves with either connotation. For the past few years, they've felt at home writing sharp, angular rock songs that burrow into the listener's ear and refuse to leave while at the same time penning songs full of warmth, maybe a little bit of naiveté, and -- dare we say? -- even a touch of earnestness.
Other fun facts:
Kinch are loved at music specialty retail, having showcased for the Alliance of Independent Media Stores, the Coalition of Indie Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, and Record Store Day partners. In February, as guests of their hometown record store Stinkweeds, in Phoenix, Kinch played to dozens of taste makers, including the aforementioned Criminal Records and also Grimey's (Nashville), Shake It (Cincinnati), Luna Music (Indianapolis), and Boo Boo Records (San Luis Obispo).
Recently, Kinch headlined the Record Store Day after-party following the conclusion of the annual NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) convention, the music industry's main event for the year in Los Angeles. Warner Brothers' recording artist, the Belle Brigade, also performed at this well received event.
Kinch did West Coast residencies in Los Angeles (Silverlake Lounge), San Diego (SodaBar), and Phoenix (Rogue Bar) in January.
Kinch were sponsored by Village Voice to attend SXSW (that's good, right?).
Kinch have opened for Jimmy Eat World, Calexico, the Thermals, Against Me!, Ra Ra Riot, Taking Back Sunday, Mini Kiss, and a wet T-shirt contest.
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