Following their 2011 debut, Baseball Season, Kite Party released their long awaited sophomore album Come On Wondering this week via Animal Style Records. Praised by Stereogum, SPIN, Brooklyn Vegan, CMJ, Noisey, and more, Come On Wandering is an album born from the transplant experience. Started in 2007 in Tamaqua, PA, Kite Party have resided in Philadelphia for the past six years through lineup changes and all that 18-24 year old stuff one goes through. With a sound that splits the difference between a youth spent listening to NOFX and Rancid and an early adulthood spent listening to talk radio, Kite Party write layered, atmospheric, driving songs about feeling off with most things most of the time. Songs like Bell, Supervillain, and Planet Away are propelled forward by a three-guitar attack while tracks like Halflife and Nest rely on a tight rhythm section and ephemeral keyboard sounds. Lyrical topics range from losing friends to drug abuse to the banality of doing laundry and back again.
Recommended for fans of The National who still like to skateboard, couples who watch the Royal Tenenbaums and the Fugazi documentary on the same date night, and anyone who wishes that maybe The Replacements had kind of been a shoegaze band.
Kite Party will celebrate the release of “Come on Wandering” tonight at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia with Three Man Cannon, Gunk, Thin Lips, and The Spirit of the Beehive. The band will launch an East Coast and Midwest tour with Three Man Cannon later this month.
5/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA [Album Release Show!!]
5/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ David Blaine’s The Steakhouse
5/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artwork
5/24 – Athens, OH @ The Lodge
5/25 – Columbus, OH @ WYMI
5/27 – Normal, IL @ Firehouse
5/28 – Chicago, IL @ Dee Dee Ramone’s Funky Lab
5/29 – Grand Rapids, MI
5/30 – Akron, OH @ It’s a Kling Thing
5/31 – Scranton, PA @ 25/8 Studios
“the new, 11-track LP retains the cosmic, reverberating guitar licks of its predecessor, but the tempo has — for the most part — slowed to a mellow lull. Come On Wandering offers a grand mish-mash of dreamy indie-punk that throws a nod to the Kinsellas and salutes the Smashing Pumpkins.” – SPIN
“The Philly five-piece sound like your favorite skate band that grew up, got just a little bit more mature, and started tinkering with phaser pedals.” – Noisey
“a warm introduction to the Philly band’s dreamy, wondrous music, but it’s also tinged with melodies and vocal inflections that cut with an intense melancholy.” – Stereogum
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