Music News

Kind of Like Spitting

When it rains, it pours, and for Portland-based Kind of Like Spitting, it's been a never-ending drizzle of singer-songwriter wishy-wash. Ben Barnett spat out the first incarnation of Kind of Like Spitting nearly a decade ago and has kept the dream alive with rotating members both on and off the road. But Barnett is clearly the heart and soul of the band; his vocal and guitar abilities provide the framework for the layering of flutes, drums and violins played by his friends and cohorts. Regarded in the same honest-is-as-honest-does style of Elliott Smith or even Rivers Cuomo, Barnett has that zine-like penchant for overwrought monologues and silly rhyme schemes. And coming from the soggy Northwest, it's not surprising that Kind of Like Spitting conjures overcast afternoons with its acoustic-soaked melodies. In simple rock form, the band crafts un-commercial sentimental pop that fits somewhere between the Weakerthans and the Promise Ring. Slap 'em on a mixtape and pass it along.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Tuyet Nguyen