Stepping Through the Door
Originally written 2014 –
We have always operated as a recording project, indulging in our own reclusive self satisfaction of making music that we love to listen to. Not often considering how we would connect with a vast audience and engage with them to leave a lasting impression. This is especially confusing for us as we live in an odd time for music, the available audience is out there to receive but the volume of unsigned (and a serious amount of great ones) is gargantuan. What is it about our music that will actually stand out? What is it that would trigger somebody to actually click that ‘like’ or ‘share’ button to electronically add their personal seal of approval?
At the current time of writing we do not gig. We have played our music to an audience twice (prior to recording our first album Pandora) as a trio using some selective samples to bring the recordings to life, these gigs actually went down really well and at the time our direction was undefined as our lead vocalist, Hannah, was available to be rehearse and perform for the foreseeable future. Then she successfully procured a musical contract performing on a cruise ship for most of the year, we wished her well (the number of musicians actually earning a living is scarce and the opportunity was huge for her, as sad as it made us!) and realised that we would need to plan our next steps to keep our musical direction alive.
This led to a simple question for us – What do we love? What would we engage with as an audience? The answer; ‘An album with a story’
The idea of a stand-alone album appealed for many reasons; it was within our means, we had a catalogue of strong ideas to draw from, we loved concept albums and finally we were unable to gig to our desired level as a duo.
We toyed with a variety of story-lines, discussing at length between us, friends and family and predominantly our long-term collaborator and our biggest fan, Alex Dunedin of Ragged University. Finally we settled on a story and we began piecing together our pieces of music into a coherent narrative allowing our story to be told.
This story will be told over time once we have propelled our music down more earholes.. now is not the time for that. My reasoning here is quite simple; your favourite music doesn’t belong to the artist that created it, it belongs to you. The day you drew it inside of your very being it became yours. For anyone that feels that way about our music the same will be true, this is why our story remains ours for now. If we are asked to tell this story then that is what we will do, until then I hope that the story is told differently to every single person..
Now I can say that… whilst recording I wanted every single facet of the story spelled out. Narration between every single song explaining what had happened and what was happening next (War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne). But I was successfully talked down by the consistently sensible Gary Boast, who apart from his adept drumming and sound engineering skills, has a damn fine rational brain on his shoulders to balance against my excitable ideology. I thank him for that, as the finished album is something I am incredible proud of and I’m still not entirely sure how we managed to achieve it with very little input from the outside world. We were named Kinaesthetic, that name exemplified everything that we were, We Are Kin is what we have become. We have learnt from our experience and Kinaesthetic will always represent that progressive journey we undertake when trying something new, We Are Kin represents the achievement itself.
Seriously if you heard ‘TGOM’ (referenced from the first blog) you would understand why were Kinaesthetic once..