Krill Offers Seriously Fun Indie Rock
The thoughtfulness behind everything is something you suspect is there, and then becomes clear as soon as you sit down with the band and actually talk to them, and hear them go on about David Foster Wallace or Dostoyevsky or being so poor that your bank account is in the very, very low double digits.
With Exploding in Sound Records having just dispatched their third release to the world this past February, the EP Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears, it seems easy to paint Krill as a mere "band on the rise," but this ignores the fact that their sound is already as polished and addictive as it is: moody and transcendent, angry without ever being maudlin.
Vocalist/bassist Jonah Furman's range -- somewhere in the neighborhood of Woods' Jeremy Earl or a slightly more approachable Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah -- works especially well with Krill's sound. There's an awful lot of guitar, and an awful lot of chugging, frenetic drums courtesy of Luke Pyenson, but it's Furman voice that seems to come to the forefront again and again.
Somehow it's a surprise and a delight every time he goes on a shouting jag or repeats a set of lines with snowballing urgency, but the energy here never feels misplaced or affected. (Check out "Infinite Power" for a clear sense of what this sounds like, and then best of luck getting yourself to stop listening to it on repeat for the rest of the afternoon.)
Krill is scheduled to perform on Friday, March 7, at Hard Rock Cafe during Viva PHX. Tickets are $20.
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