Kinski is a rock band in the true sense of the word. You sense right from the first chord that these guys don’t anything else in life than look for the perfect sonic feeling, for the best riff or beat. Then, they get their rock machine going. Simple. To the point.

The way the guitars sound has always been a priority for Chris Martin and Matthew Reid Schwartz (who also plays keyboards and flute). You can hear it on I Fell Like A Fucking Flower where each instrument’s distortion is carefully set, before an enormous bass fuzz, by Lucy Atkinson, enters the mix, swallowing everything on its path. Drummer Barrett Wilke keeps the time in a simple but efficient way. Kinski must be the band the closest to the type of instrumental rock Fugazi or McLusky used to do (Powder). The Seattle quartet isn’t as punk as them, but they build their riffs the same way, jamming and searing for the perfect tone. Many of Kinski’s songs are instrumental, and the few ones where Martin sings aren’t the best ones, so let’s keep it that way!


In 2007, Kinski had released an excellent album, intitled “Down Below It’s Cahos” which put them on the post-rock map. “7 (or 8)” as brilliant as that record was, but it’s a solid record that pure rock lovers will appreciate.

Kinski formed in 1998 in a Seattle bar where (former) drummer Dave Weeks who worked as a bartender, overheard Martin and Atkinson chat about analog recording. The next year, Schwartz was on board and they recorded their first album “Space Launch for Frenchie”.

7 (or 8)
(Kill Rock Stars / Sub Pop, 2015)

-Genre: (mainly) instrumental post-rock
-In the same genre as Acid Mothers Temple, McLusky, Fugazi

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.