Kalkaska

Show My Yr Riffs

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From the opening of "Rewind Your Mind," it's clear that Kalkaska makes its own musical rules. The guitar line and the quick introduction of Christian Jay Sienkiewicz's casual vocals, combined with the band's layered instrumental approach, makes it clear that the Michigan experimental indie rockers were focused on reworking their sound in 2002. After the 2001 release of a self-titled instrumental cassette, the band regrouped with the addition of bassist Matt Porter. Sienkiewicz's distant, wavy vocal exercises are the most obvious change to the band's sound, but it's also clear that Mike Campbell took on a greater role on drums and synthesizer. The frisky and psychedelic "I'm Not Working to Work to You" is followed by the drum-machine-fueled "Dine & Ditch Club," the most gorgeous and disorienting track of the disc. "Klassicks" is another example of the band's whimsical cut-and-paste style. Eric Fouladabash appears on drums and guitar throughout, and Matt Iannuzzi makes a guest appearance. Many of the songs on Show My Yr Riffs were reworked for Kalkaska's follow-up, Exile on James Street. Both discs were released by Michigan's Audiopants Recordings.