Wow! This one’s a gem. The closest thing I can compare New Brunswick’s Kappa Chow to is Black Angels, if they were less pretentious, had a sense of humor, and liked having a good time. The first track, “Jump,” has a woman lifting lyrics from David Lee Roth. Yeah, you know the ones: “go ahead and jump.” “You’re always telling me what to do / thinking I would do anything for you / I’ll tell you that just ain’t true,” she says, demanding that this figurative David Lee Roth “(take) a few steps back.” These words are sung, not shouted—and sung beautifully—setting a firm boundary with an unquestionable confidence over a melodic, psychedelic groove with clanging yet shimmering guitar riffs and a lilting, high-toned sax that I’m still not convinced isn’t a flute. The flipside has male vocals in the forefront with the rest of the band backing him up. It’s not a deep song—a lamentation over being stood up for Chinese food at seven—but it rocks in the same vein as Side A. The songs work well together to create an atmosphere and a vibe, but are distinct and memorable on their own. Still into the psych-garage revival? Fucking sick to death of the psych-garage revival? Doesn’t matter. Everybody wins with this. Some of these kids are doing their own thing.
–Craven Rock (Kiss The Void, [email protected])