I’m a few months late on this rather obvious observation, but when Movember was in full swing I often got caught wondering how many “Movs” were actually for the cause and how many were simply dudes that rocked dusters all year round and now hate the thirty-one day tradition. I’m can’t help but feel the same way when I crank up the new EP – The Solipsist – from Truro gear heads, Kestrels.
In 2010, it seemed every musician raided their dad’s closet for flannels and embraced the 90’s DIY sound and recording techniques, hoping to cash in on the renewed love of bands like GBV and Pavement. Naturally, on first listen it would be easy to assume Kestrels are following suit, but when it comes to front man Chad Peck, you get the distinct impression he still has VHS tapes on his bookshelf filled with episodes of The Wedge and Dino Jr. spotlights. Vinyl, pedals, gear, electric guitars and emotional rockers are his musical duster, one that’s been groomed and primped over the last two decades, not simply grown for a lark because everyone else is doing it.
The Solipsist is a guitar adventure, chock full of sing-along choruses and blue-album era Weezer breakdowns (just take a listen to “What Happens” and try not to think about how great Rivers used to be). Scorching solos, crashing drums; honestly, if you’ve heard Kestrels before you already know the recipe, you just get to hear the band fine tuning their sound and trying a few new things (it’s great to hear some extra slop as they meander off on noise experiments on “Dead Time” and their cover of “Throw Aggi Off The Bridge”). Here’s a band that isn’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves, month after month, year after year. Kestrels are here to let you know these chords were here before you, and will be long after you shave and move on to something else.
Thanks to Noyes, we have some fantastic prizes to give away. The winner gets this vinyl 7″ – just take a look at the fantastic looking marble blue pressing – and two tix to their EP release show on Jan 15th @ The Seahorse. Two runner-ups will get the 7″, standard black pressing. To enter, just send us an email – herohill AT gmail DOT COM – or leave your details in the comments section below.