Kyle here with a new blog post to let everyone know what’s been happening in the world of KK, where we’re going, and where you can find us in 2013 these next couple of months.
First off…we’re headed into the studio to record album #4!
Yep, since January the band and I have been hard at work demoing new songs, throwing around ideas, and reaching into the depths of our twisted minds to bring you the best KK album yet. We’ve almost got the full track listing, and should any day now as we have our studio dates booked for the beginning of May with a release in July. Crunch time!
Without giving too much away, this album will be a big step for us into some new stylings while still slinging the nerd-rock we’ve made our name on. There’s a lot of rock on this new record, a la what we did on E For Eveyone.
It’s gonna be so much fun to record, and as usual we have a few surprise guests. We’re having to sew our mouths shut till then…
Emerald City Comic Con was a blast and a big thank you to everyone who came out to KRACKLEFEST 3 to rock with us, The Doubleclicks, Nerds With Guitars, and Paul And Storm. It was truly the best KRACKLEFEST yet, and that as always is hugely in part to do with the fans. You guys make everything so fun, and everything we do is with you in mind and whether it will make you smile. Truly, you are our barometer for everything we do.
Check out the two videos from KRACKLEFEST below; an All-Star jam at the end of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the debut of a new song, “Cozy Pants O’Clock”!
In a few weeks we’re heading to Vancouver Expo with the full band to rock the Railway Club with The Doubleclicks, and Brentalfloss! It’s an early show, all-ages, and we hope to see you there!
Let me ask you a question…Remember when you were 13, rocking your Weird Al Yankovic cassettes, and then your future self from 20 years ahead came back and told you to stop eating Squeeze-Pops and get practicing cause someday you’d be opening for Weird Al in Calgary?
Well it turns out he wasn’t full of crap because on April 26th, 2013 we’ll be at Calgary Expo rocking a 5000 seat arena for the first time and opening for the master of satire, Weird Al Yankovic. I can’t tell you how excited we have been for this for months now, and look forward to making the most of our 45-minutes while we have it. It almost seems like it isn’t real yet, but I’m sure the reality will kick in when we get there for soundcheck.
*lump in throat*
Seriously though, this is rock n’ roll dream stuff and we’re going to make sure we represent all who are part of the building wave that is nerd-rock. For those of you attending Calgary Expo, we hope you come join us on this important night in KK history for a show to remember!
More and more nerd-music artists are coming up everyday, and when you look at the fact that when we started KK 5 years ago there were only enough of us to count on one hand, then that is unbelievably cool…
Speaking of doing this for 5 years, how did that go by so fast? That’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves for a few months now…time is flying and hopefully we’re building a discography that is representive of how much fun we are having doing it and how thankful we are to have fans like yourself.
As we move into the new album and next 5 years of KK, we’re taking time to reflect and reinvent as we go. All the best bands in rock have done that, and we try to learn from the teachers as best we can.
There are more than a few surprises we have up our sleeves for you in the next few months, and we can share them the gods of nerd-rock will shine down on us all!
*insert dramatic music*
Hope everyone is awesome, and as always we’d love to hear from you the KK fan anytime you like at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be good, talk soon, and see you on the twitters!
Here it is - we are officially unveiling the cover to our third album, Super Powered Love! Once again, the illustration was done by our long-time KK art collaborator Jim Mahfood!
“ ..what I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it.”
KIRBY KRACKLE “Vault 101” Demo
Lately we’ve been digging through the vault, and coming across old demos that we thought might be cool share…vocal breaks and all. (cue puberty squeal)
Here’s “Vault 101” from the first day we we finished it, and then recorded it so we wouldn’t forget what had accomplished that day. If it sounds like we’re a bit tired in this recording…we were. Jim was deep in Emerald City ComicCon planning, Kyle was going through a divorce, and we had a schedule to write an album to get it off to the printers in time to debut for ECCC. Looking back, that’s where we subconsciously thing the “tidal wave” and “believing things had to get better” lyrics were coming from as well as the overwhelming feeling of time and effort put into months of hitting Fallout 3 hard. Music and songwriting is usually and emotional mixed bag, and when at it’s best, can sometimes produce a piece of art outside of the agenda you had going into writing the song. When things need to get out…they will.
One of our favorite songs off of E FOR EVERYONE, we hope you’ll enjoy the demo for “Vault 101”!
So recently we were going though some old takes of songs and stumbled across the demos from the early writing sessions of E For Everyone.
Here’s the first demo for “Great Lakes Avengers”, and if it sounds to you it’s taking Kyle everything he can muster up to get the words out…you’re right. It’s a wordy bastard and the back and forth while we were writing it mostly consisted of concerns where he would breathe!
It’s really funny for us to listen to this now; the vocal delivery is totally rigid (Kyle blames the obscene amount of words) and if you’re familiar with the song you can tell some of the lyrics have been changed since this first demo.
So, there you go with a (very) naked peek behind the curtain of what didn’t start as the rocker you know of now. If only we could bottle and share the feeling of how it sounded when it was played with drums the first time!
Thoughts on WIZARD closing up shop…say what you will about the brand now, but in the early 90’s it was the coolest comics news source..…every month KK as little dudes couldn’t wait for the new issue which held the coolest Spawn, X-Men, and Youngblood news and interviews..…an important piece of our childhood and always sad to see something end when it affected you at a young age. Thanks for all Wizard!