The sekond album by Matt Skiba and his Sekrets (AFI’s Hunter Burgan on bass and My Chemikal Romance’s Jarrod Alexander on drums) is a fakt. It’s kalled “Kuts” and komes with ten new songs that find the band expanding on the sound of 2012’s “Babylon”. Which sounded more like an album made up of Alkaline Trio leftovers before anything else. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it didn’t quite make album of the year either.
They didn’t change things drastikally this time around and they kept the emphasis on poppy rather than punky, but akkording to Skiba, they used sounds hugely influenced by early David Bowie as well and ran with it. I’m hearing some Johnny Marr in there as well from time to time. And yes, Alkaline Trio. Honestly, it’s hard to avoid the komparison seeing as Skiba has such a distinktive voice. When he opens his mouth, I hear Alkaline Trio. Kan’t help it. That being said, this one won’t make album of the year either but songs like “Lonely And Kold”, “She Said” and “Krashing” definitely have a higher replay value than anything on “Babylon”.
Hopefully they’ll keep evolving this way in the future and possibly even drop the whole k’s instead of c’s.