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Hit Or Miss

by The Key Party

The kitchen sink with guitars
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Just Not My Day
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2. Look Like Hell
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3. The Angels' Share
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4. Born Permanently Cool
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5. We Love You
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6. Last Call
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7. Pay Me Up
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8. Wildcard
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9. Police K.M.D.
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10. Sideshow
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11. Manhattan Song
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12. Somebody Let You Down
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13. The Way We Do It Here
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14. Monday Morning
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15. To Begin Again
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Album Notes
The SOUND:
“Nick Cave meets No-Wave” – San Francisco Chronicle“a house party of an unusually artistic coterie” – CMJ
“songs of rock and roll poetry celebrating the debauched, the broken, the drunken and the misfitting… Gaines is a poet in the same sense that Exene or Lou Reed is a poet: as much about an attitude and a stance as about specific words and notes struck.” PopMatters

The STORY:
A 3am channel-surfing escapade brought Darren Gaines to the movie The Ice Storm just as Sigorney Weaver reached her hand into the bowl and drew out the young man's keys. He bought a fish bowl the next day... wrote out instrument names, arrangements, recording ideas, names of toys and musicians, anything and everything that could inspire him... placed them all in the bowl and reached for his first draw... “No Drums.” He smiled.

His Burroughs-esq technique spawned Hit or Miss, the debut album of The Key Party. Hit or Miss was named Album of the Day by CMJ, Download of the Week in the San Francisco Chronicle and praised as a “Tom Waits style one man junkyard army from New York” by the LA Weekly.

For their new record My Blacks Don’t Match (Produced by Ken Rich – Joseph Arthur, Our Shadows Will Remain ) Gaines willed the word “Drums” back into the fishbowl and, for good measure, tossed in slips that included phrases like brass riffs from TV theme songs, sitcoms and cartoons. The themes of broken, misfitting lives and New York City street hassle remain: while making My Blacks Don’t Match, Gaines found himself laid off, evicted by treacherous landlords, and moved to Brooklyn (where he feels akin to an ex-pat) but the musical evolution is clear from the first horn salvo of the opening track. “… the horn accompaniment sounds like he's slapping around Henry Mancini for some kicks.” itsnotthebandihateitstheirfans.blogspot. With co-conspirator Sara Syms now entrenched as a full time member of The Key Party, Gaines has been freed to let his songs find new avenues. Using Syms breathy vocals to counter his “voice of tattered velvet that falls between Tom Waits and Steve Wynn” (PopMatters) Gaines' songs have evolved into subversive lounge songs, one part punk one part jazz. Gaines says, “My Blacks Don’t Match is the record I’ve been trying to make since I was 10.”

To CONTACT: info1@thekeypartynyc.com - myspace.com/thekeypartynyc

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PopMatters - Peter Funk

15 songs of rock and roll poetry celebrating the debauched, the broken, the drun
Darren Gaines, who is The Key Party, says things like, “The Key Party came to me like someone else’s wife at 3 a.m. on a Friday night. Bingo. The lottery” and sings songs he calls “revolutionary songs and terroristic ballads”. While Mr. Gaines’ bio reads like an over arching caricature of a struggling rock and roll singer-songwriter, his record Hit Or Miss is substantially believable. Hit Or Miss is 15 songs of rock and roll poetry celebrating the debauched, the broken, the drunken and the misfitting. Gaines is a poet in the same sense that Exene or Lou Reed is a poet: as much about an attitude and a stance as about specific words and notes struck. Musically Gaines has a voice of tattered velvet that falls between Tom Waits and Steve Wynn (via The Dream Syndicate not Vegas). Gaines is comfortable with his acoustic guitar, the constructions basically folk in nature, and his steady strum anchors the songs before they are adorned with his band’s chanting, clanging, orgiastic brew of complimentary noise. But it’s Gaines’ voice that fills these songs with attitude, his croon oozing around and through the cigarette smoke that shrouds these songs.

At 15 songs Hit or Miss is too long by five. There definitely feels like there’s some filler here. Gaines has a habit of rewriting the same motif over and over, certainly lyrically if not always sonically, and that can get tiresome. But when The Key Party puts it all together on songs like “That’s The Way We Do It Here” and “Just Not My Day”, Gaines’ rock and roll at all costs attitude is absolutely contagious. You can smell the leather pants and feel the stale beer, or something like that.
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