Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Kindred Shins

Kindred ShinsThey’ve got comical charm in their music and their attitudes. So when Kindred Shins said they were down for an interview, AMBY knew we had a hilarious post coming! This is honestly one you have to read, as Kindred Shins talk to AMBY about their upcoming “line of condoms and fragrances”, being body doubles, and  how they are like “new born puppies or freshly escaped prisoners”!

AMBY: Hey! Let everyone know, what are Kindred Shins all about?

Kindred Shins: Well hello to you Miss Alicia and to all your fine cohorts at A Music Blog Yea? I’d say we were mostly about mischief, maybe 80% then the rest is made up out of lips, baying mobs, high cheekbones, riffs and charitable donations, it keeps the wolves from the door.

AMBY: How would you describe Kindred Shins’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Kindred Shins: If Joseph Fritzle fathered the blues and raised it in his own inimitable style, well like that. We try really to not pigeon hole our sound or style due to the fact we’re incredibly awkward and in the end it stops you from writing songs that you want to as you can only release things that are expected of you, we’re under the Stoner Blues Rock tag at present and in truth I’m comfortable with that, as long as we dig what we’re playing in the studio and want to take that to the stage, whatever it sounds like, then I’ll be happy, folk can call it what they like.

AMBY: Your music has real attitude and energy. Who influences this?

Kindred Shins: Pretty much all of us, the bands that we like separately and collectively, the way we jam probably, everything gets faster, everything gets harder, it’s like a night of drunkun musical lust, people kicking out, limbs strewn everywhere, people not being able to look at eachother in the eye the day after, we’re our own dirty little secret.

AMBY: Where did the name Kindred Shins come from?

Kindred Shins: Peru.

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

Kindred Shins: A line of condoms and our own fragrance obviously, I’ll probably put my name forward for the pope gig, see how that pans out, we’re just finishing recording for our new record and we’re dipping our toes in the muddy festival waters so I’ll have to fit it in somehow, I’m quite nimble. We’ve been asked to play a gig in New York this year so I look forward to pleasantly disappointing some people over there as well, all in all we intend on having some more fun, just like last year, play some gigs and write some tunes.

AMBY: The guitar riff and vocal melody in Red Eye Blues rock. What’s this track about?

Kindred Shins: Ah we’re far too modest to accept compliments lady but it rocks you say?! In truth it’s about my endless fascination and confusion in my dealings with the fairer sex, I’d like to think that I’ve learnt my lesson and it was just a case of being old too soon and smart too late but sometimes you’re just not good enough to keep.

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

Kindred Shins: Live without ever hearing again? Surely that’s a loaded question? There’s far too many, some songs infringe on my human rights, some songs, if played in front of the judge in a court of law, should be the actual defence’s case for why the physical atrocity was committed and should result in instant acquittal, Take That covered Smells Like Teen Spirit once, that should be punishable by rusty, medieval implement, if ever a man deserved to get flayed, then there is the case.

AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?

Kindred Shins: I’d most probably like a lift engineer in there, depends on who the least like one is, it’s pointless saying Mila Kunis cos the chances of her liking a simian looking fella in a band are pretty slim, if you’ve heard different then Mila Kunis please and the least like one is probably the guitarist that got replaced last year, we didn’t agree on that much or have a laugh, it’d be a bit awkward, well I’d choose him or Mel Gibson, he just seems a bit pissed and racist nowadays don’t he Mel, plus he’d probably be going on about how he was misquoted and that, it’d end up boring me.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Kindred Shins: Most things excite us, we’re like new born puppies or freshly escaped prisoners. I’ll most likely look forward to jamming with the boys and writing some more songs, the release of our new record and gigs we’ve got planned, the video we’re doing for the first single sounds like our sort of mischief, I dunno, I suppose we just like seeing how far we can go with the noise we conjure up, the idea that our charade means something to somebody excites us, that and stimulants, sexual and otherwise.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Kindred Shins that nobody knows yet?

Kindred Shins: Kindred Shins are well known for creating myths but it’s a lesser known fact that they were Jodie Foster’s body double in The Accused.

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Kindred Shins’ new release You’re Not As Well Known As Everyone Seems To Think You Are is scheduled for a June release on A Girl Called Grace Records. This will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and as they told AMBY, “in some cases carrier pigeon.” So be sure to keep your eyes open! And lastly, thank you so much Kindred Shins, for giving us your answers!

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