Kite Party is apparently already working on a new album, but I only just got my hands on “Baseball Season”. This Philly-based band self-released the album around this time last year but it’s gotten the vinyl treatment just now thanks to Animal Style Records.
These guys keep a brisk pace throughout all nine songs that come with the kind of jangly guitars that many hipster bands would envy all the while staying true to the spirit of mid 90s emo. There is nothing overtly catchy about these songs yet somehow they stuck with me… I think it’s the way the guitars swirl around all over the place with repetitive ease while the vocalist lays down some sweet vocals. Kite Party is also very adept at creating more atmospheric parts like the percussion-drive chanting towards the end of “Buried In Dogs”.
They rock a little harder in “Southpaw” which won’t floor you but it does get you safely to closing track “We Won’t Survive” which comes with a trumpet that they smuggle in in the most subtle of ways towards the end.
I for one am looking forward to their upcoming album and if you’re one of the lucky bastards attending this year’s Fest, you might to check these guys out.