+++ After Vodafone CallYa campaign, South by Southwest and a successful festival summer, KYTES finally release their long awaited debut album “Heads and Tales” +++
2016 looks like being a great year for the lads from KYTES and in fact it started out with a “bang“, early on at their performance in Austin Texas at the SXSW festival. Shortly before, the band managed to get through US customs control with their 20,000 or so guitar effects, all vaguely resembling small explosive devices. Meanwhile hoards of sweaty US kids found their way to the dance floor taking a well-earned break from the beer and barbecue: KYTES were on stage. Between Austin and Munich is a 8823 kilometre stretch separating two very different worlds, but these worlds were about to merge together and they did so on this night in Austin, deep in the heart of Texas. This connection was all the more evident when US lists of Spotify users suddenly contained presently available KYTES songs.
An attempt to describe the music in words will certainly fail, still one needs to do so. It’s an electric Indie pop based sound with very danceable tempos, and a strong accent on unforgettable melodies embodied in eloquently formed lyrics. Yes the group can spin a good yarn. The whole package glances on a CD and burns on a live stage as the band rocks. Similarities with bands like Mando Diao, Foals or Two Door Cinema Club is to note, but KYTES is nevertheless a standalone product, totally original and unique.
Start of this year the “buzz“ began: Vodafone selected the bands composition, “On The Run“ for their newest campaign. The “Call Ya” mobile phone advertisements were everywhere to hear and see in the media; internet, TV and radio reaching out to an incredible 1.25 million users. KYTES got smart and invested their payment in a new band bus, rented a practise room 50 metres away from Munich’s main river and set about producing and recording their debut album to be called “Heads and Tales”.
“Heads and Tales” contains 13 original KYTES songs, all written and produced by the band. For those of you who prefer the retro effect, the release will be available on vinyl as well, so dust off that turntable and set it to 33 and one third.
KYTES’ philosophy is “that your future and creative potential lies in your own hands, those who seek will find, and you can’t get anywhere without first making the journey, so don’t get stressed out, do what makes you feel good, main thing is you get out there and do it.“ So the decision that all four band members wind down their day gigs and concentrate 100% on the music is indeed reflective of these beliefs. Perfect self-reliance won’t come overnight, but doing gigs at Melt, Dockville Festival and the up and coming Autumn tour will certainly get the ball rolling in the right direction.
Music lovers of infectious rock music will be delighted with the CD. It’s this classic 3 minute melodic song writing (Heads) interwoven with subtle but eloquent lyrics (Tales) that hits you right between the eyes, leaving you hungry for more with that special quality control from the music makers of KYTES.
KYTES make a point of staying away from text passages containing the word love, at least for now, because they believe it’s simply been milked dry by too many other artists of late. That’s not to say they are afraid of themes that tackle emotions and feelings, they just relate to them in that special KYTES-like way, using a more subtle and obscure description with parallel meanings and double entendre. On the other hand nothing about KYTES’ music could be said to be misleading or not understood. Songs like “I Got Something“, “Head To Toe“ or “Future Kids“ give you that gentle kick in the backside, others like “Talk“ or “In The Morning“ get more reflective, but, in the end, the sun is still shining for the listener. Lead singer Michael laughingly commented “one day, in the distant future, we might do a song where love is the theme but that will probably be the day that KYTES have sold out“.
“Heads and Tales” is available in all stores since September 16:
and can be streamed here: