Update II: Music video: Shameless Promotion of my son’s project

At some personal risk to my anonymity, I am proud to promote a project from my eldest son, Joe.  (No, his last name is not Lemming).  He is a drummer in the Minneapolis area, and plays in several bands and in the studio with several other projects.  In other words, he’s “in demand”.  He is the eldest of my two drummer sons.  Imagine what dinner table conversations were like in my home!  Joe, please stop tapping and pass the butter.  Ryan, please stop smacking that glass with your pen.  

In my head it was always “Oh gawd please make it stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!.”  Of course, the payoff is when you get to see them come in to their own, and not on your dining room table.  My wife is a vocalist and I am a sax player, so I guess we’re at fault anyway.  

The current band Joe’s promoting is called Kill to Kill, and it’s so unusual I thought you people would get a kick out of it. It’s a punk trio, with bass, baritone guitar and drums only.  The singer reminds me of no one – I think this act is completely unique.  Follow me below the fold for video.  

Kill to Kill

Here is a partial review from The Onion:

Local trio Kill To Kill’s engrossing debut disc makes an effective argument against normal guitars: Here, the usual six-string is swapped out for a baritone, which, along with bass and the pop of well-placed snare, lends the album a dark and acidic sound without the muddiness expected from that much low end.

This project was put on hold while Joe toured with his other band, Ice Palace.  They did a cross country tour with Cloud Cult last spring and summer.  

Here is their debut video:

Here is a video of them being interviewed and playing live:

NORTHERN OUTPOST – Episode 2 – Kill to Kill – 1/16/09 from Northern Outpost on Vimeo.

The album is getting play on local Twin Cities stations Cities 97, Radio K and the Current.  If you are feeling subversive and would like to get them more air time, here are the phone numbers.  

cities 97: (651) 989-9797

Radio K:(612) 626-4770

the current: (651)-989-4893

KFAI: (612)-341-0980

Here is K2K’s Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/killtok…  Friend them.  

Update I: Ice Palace has a video I inserted in the comments section.  In it, they invoted their friends to participate, and one of the band’s friends is Kill to Kill.  Joe is playing drums in two bands in that video.  

Update II: Here is a video from my other’s son’s band, BRM, live at Trocadero’s in Mpls before the tragic death of their guitarist Tony.  My son Ryan sings lead in this band, but he’s the drummer in my band.  

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    • Edger on October 24, 2009 at 12:46 am

    …pretty good!  

  2. I clicked it reluctantly because I always hate LOUD punky music, but, Nada, that video is Good. (and not overdone with the loud.!)

    • jamess on October 24, 2009 at 4:30 am

    the Punk side in me,

    like that unique sound, very much!

    reminds of the first time

    I heard “smashing pumpkins”

    — a group which I grew to enjoy,

    quite well

    Kudos to son, and musical crew!

    they should look for an Agent

  3. I usually don’t click on videos ’cause it takes so long to load, dial-up here. But I never pass up punk. Learned to love it when my son started playing an experimenting. Love the energy!

    Those kids sound really great! Just a little ‘Hole’ ,but not enough to be a ‘knockoff’. I’ll tell my son about it, he’s probably going to MPLS in December, maybe he can catch one of the bands while he’s there.

    • sharon on October 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    have to be honest, although i rec’d your essay yesterday evening, i just wasn’t ready to click on a head banger vid, but i just did and you’re right – most excellent track and great band!  thanks for sharing.  i can imagine how proud you must be!  my late bf’s daughter is a muso in sydney and i am blown away by every track she posts on her myspace page.  i hope both of them have their dreams come true!

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