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Science is Magic

by The Kinetiks

A fun, synth-filled distortion fest with contagiously idiosyncratic melodies that makes for a carnival-ride fusion of disco, '80s pop-punk, and darker '90s themes
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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1. Planet Future
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2. In Your Head (The Werewolf Song)
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3. Hungry
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4. Chemical Sunset
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5. Dig a Hole
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6. Autobahn
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7. Polished Girl
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8. Cheap Cigarettes
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Album Notes
Spencer Goertz-Giffen – Guitar, Vocals
Rani Waugh – Keyboards, Vocals
Phil Gratz – Bass, Vocals
Jason Kniep – Drums, Vocals

Recorded by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Recording, Austin TX
Mastered by Mark Hallman at The Congress House

"The Kinetiks new album "Science is Magic" is a bricoleur’s rock and roll manifesto.

Recorded and mixed by Stuart Sullivan (of Meat Puppets fame), these eight tracks are a carnival-ride fusion of disco, '80s pop-punk, darker '90s themes. It's a fun, synth-filled distortion fest that channels a Pixies-esque modulation between loud and soft, invitation and rejection. The melodies are as contagiously idiosyncratic as the music is straightforward — everything centers on Spencer Goertz-Giffen’s range of vivid vocal personas and penetrating electric guitar work.

The first track, “Planet Future,” begins with a call-to-arms dialogue between bassist Phil Gratz and drummer Jason Kniep. Like a giant apocalyptic machine coming to life, “Planet Future” builds quickly, climbing fifths until, at once, Goertz-Giffen’s heavily punctuated guitar pokes through, driving the song down — as if being dropped from a plane — and tangles all the way to earth with Rani Waugh’s soaring psychedelic synth lines.

Another highlight, “Dig a Hole,” combines wall-of-sound guitars with a sampling of '70s disco drum loops, expertly elaborated on by Kniep, as well as bass leads from Gratz, who kicks off the track with a promise of straightforward, naked velocity — music as time. Like many songs on this album, “Dig” demonstrates a deft sampling of decades, styles, and motifs. It snaps back and forth from syncopated disco moments dominated by Waugh’s synth work to sparse '80s pop-punk instrumentation and Goertz-Giffen’s laser-like vocals.

More than any of their previous recordings, this album taps into The Kinetiks’ distinctive live-show energy."
-Jason Barrett-Fox, lawrence.com



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