Combining avant-garde experimentalism picked up from their interest in composers like Terry Riley and Steve Reich with a fondness for ‘70s Krautrock pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel, and the gut-level thrust, heft and swing of Black Sabbath, the Groundhogs and ’60s/’70s Mexican psych band Los Dug Dug’s, Kinski have established themselves as Seattle’s foremost psych rock explorers. And, they have toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, including tours with Mission of Burma, Oneida, Comets on Fire, Acid Mothers Temple and …Trail of the Dead. Blender magazine on their last album: “…they follow measured guitar burn with bone-rattling explosions, and roll mesmerizing tension into colossal release.”
Alpine Static is their second full-length for Sub Pop and finds the band capturing the explosive rush and emotional power of their live shows, where they range from sweeping, pastoral interludes through headlong, thunderous charges. Recorded in January of 2005, Alpine Static is an immediate, visceral record. On it, Kinski use riff, repetition, incremental layering, bursts of noise, sudden changes in pace and volume, all shot through with a sense of melody to provide new ways of seeing and feeling guitar-based rock.
But, more importantly than all that, Kinski manage to infuse experimental music with emotion and fun. What they offer and the source of their appeal is more a full-bore sensory thrill-ride than anything else. Kinski wants to take you to faraway places and show you exciting things. And Alpine Static is the key.