As musicians, the members of Kinetix have stellar chops. That much is clear just from hearing the band even once: These are some monster players. And the band's latest album, Let Me In, recorded at the Blasting Room with Jason Livermore and produced by Flobot Andy Guerrero, does a great job of showcasing those skills.
The quintet's already been crisscrossing the country for the past few years, wowing fans with undeniable musical prowess and wooing them with blazing campfire-friendly anthems, which draw liberally from Dispatch, State Radio and Stevie Wonder. We caught up with the guys and asked them about the new record, how they manage to keep the music upbeat in such down times, and if they think they have what it takes to be the next band to break out of Colorado.
Westword: Tell us about your new record, Let Me In, which is being released on May 11.
Kinetix CD-release party, with Fox Street Allstars, the Foot and J. Mitch-n-el Switch, 9 p.m. Friday, May 14, Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue, $10-12, 303-830-8497.
Josh Fairman: Let Me In is the culmination of all of the touring, playing and life we have experienced through this band over the last five years. We dedicated so much thought to the depth of these songs in order to make each one meaningful in its own way.
We recorded at Blasting Room Studios with Jason Livermore, who produced and recorded Rise Against and is pretty much a monster of rock. Andy Guerrero from the Flobots produced the record. He definitely helped us focus our energy on good storytelling, as well as making a sound that is cohesive and truly Kinetix.
We have so many influences that sometimes it's hard to categorize us, but on this record, we focused on our strengths and came up with the most genuine Kinetix record to date. It's rock, it's pop, but it's also something more. We are very proud of what we accomplished with Let Me In. Now we've got to crush it all over again.
The subject matter of your music is very upbeat. With all of the terrible things that can happen to a person, how do you maintain this attitude and feel?
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Adam Lufkin: Bob Marley once said, "Light up the darkness." He came from nothing and rose to the top in spite of all of the negativity. Even when people tried to kill him, he kept playing upbeat, danceable music. That music is what heals, and that is what we live for — to rid your mind of the time that grinds as you make your way down the road. We're just five guys trying to bring a little bit of light to this crazy, fucked-up world.
A lot of bands from Colorado have been getting a lot of national attention. Do you think you have what it takes to become one of those bands? Is this a goal of yours?
Jordan Linit: I know we have what it takes to bring it on the national stage. We have been cultivating our live show for years and are really proud of our new album. We really stepped up our songwriting for our latest effort and created an album that is more than the sum of its parts. We're going to work to give it a chance to be heard.
JF: Hell, yeah! We have been working hard for five years, and have been playing for over a decade. I think our music is good enough to appeal to people all over the world. We try to take advantage of every opportunity that comes along, and if we ever got the opportunity to play for tons of people, I think we would crush it.