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- Listening recommendations: My Karma
It's time to look into the future. That's right, readers, let's look to the future, all the way to the year two thousand.... and nine, because that's when Killbutton's eponymous EP dropped (and recently popped up in our scouring of bandcamp oddly enough). Though it's been 5 years since Killbutton got together to make rock music, this four track EP still holds up extremely well today, mainly because it doesn't sound like what passes for 'rock' in a mainstream sense today. If I'm honest, it sounds like a band channeling a 90's alternate rock sound through a 2010's lens; 'My Karma' reminds me a lot musically of Ænima/Undertow-era Tool for instance (just listen to that intro and tell me I'm wrong), and the other tracks come off as female-fronted Foo Fighters with Grohl behind the kit. The the vocals are straight forward and earnest, and in being so come up a sounding a little underpowered fronting the harder hitting music behind them (the drummer really gets his moneys worth from the skins). I was waiting for the slyness that Ms. Paz's voice uses quite effectively to erupt into something with emotional edge, but the build up never really comes. It's the same even keel for most of the songs and a real missed opportunity, here on their debut EP (their most recently released record shows they've worked this kink out to a degree). The drumming and guitar are commendable, and are what make this EP worth listening to, which I suggest every one do. It's not the best hard rock you'll hear this year, but it hits upon a weirdly compelling hard rock sound that keeps drawing me back in. Give Killbutton a shot.