Kitsunegari – Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag oder Herzlichen Gluckenwunsch
What’s happened to multi-instrumentalist Reuben Winter, guitarist for People People, sometimes Cannibal Faggots and a whole host of other collaborations since the break up of that MUZAI band? Yeah, we meant Bandicoot…
Forged with a tone and ambiance the 16 year old relates as similar to the works of Slint, Boris, Smashing Pumpkins and “a bit of Mastodon and Devo”, Winter’s latest project with MUZAI Records, Kitsunegari, have been feverishly tightening up their compositions after a handful of shows and a sneak-preview of their music in the form of a rough version of “Revolver Ocelot”. A very rough version, some might confess.
Comprising of members of People People and FATANGRYMAN, it’s been six months of refinement as a band which has lead them to test the proverbial waters of the New Zealand music scene – and rather than making the listener part with their hard earned cash, the band’s debut EP, Alles Gute Zum Geberstag oder Herzlichen Gluckenwunsch (roughly translated – “Happy Birthday and Best Wishes”) is free to download from Wednesday September 22nd at 4pm through their Bandcamp page.
Recording duties undertaken by another former Bandicoot member, Daniel McBride, in a whirlwind two days, so tight lipped is the release of the EP that not everyone involved with the record label has heard any of the material since completion – let alone the entire EP.
However, going by their strong performances at the Year One anniversary show, their most recent outing supporting Tommy Ill during his album release tour and the collective aptitude the “supergroup” have shown through their other ventures, it’s hard to believe this release will fall short of anything other than remarkable.
Photo credit: Frances Carter (www.francescarter.co.nz)