if those interludes hadn't been there, man…
I had never heard of Detroit’s Kaleido before, but damn they’re fun! I was actually born in the suburbs of Detroit and both my parents and their families grew up there, so I’ve always felt a strong tie to its music. My mom (having grown up in the 50’s) raised me on oldies that included a heavy chunk of old Motown classics. My father, being a bit younger, made sure to throw in heavy psych bands like MC5, Amboy Dukes (featuring a young Ted Nugent), SRC, Savage Grace, Frijid Pink, as well as early Bob Seger. The Motor City has always been known for good hard raw rock ’n’ roll.
Kaleido deliver the goods with their first full-length, Experience. At first, the description said “for fans of Halestorm/Evanescence/Paramore…” (all bands I’m not personally crazy about). Once I started the first full song “Blue Collar Delight,” I realized that description does this band absolutely NO justice. While Kaleido is female-fronted, that’s about where the similarities with the previous groups end. This band draws upon good classic rock influences and have more in common with Guns & Roses, Aerosmith, Blondie, and Joan Jett.
The guitar work has a bluesy feel to it (particularly on the track “On One” which starts out with a nasty slide and bend lick). The songs on Experience all tend to speak about the common experience (hence the title) of the average everyday person. “Blue Collar Delight” has an infectiously catchy chorus about how Christina (Chriss, vocals) has been “working all week just for Saturday night”. Something almost anybody can identify with. The next song “No More Little Miss Nice Bitch” is another great stomper. Even as a guy, I can hear this song being the thought process inside my wife’s brain (or any one of her friends lol).
“Trouble In Paradise” is a unique track in that it is based on a reggae beat, likening the song more to Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Mak’er” or early No Doubt (think “Spiderwebs”). Another interesting number is “Love & War” which features Alien Ant Farm’s Dryden Mitchell (who also co-wrote the song). I recall when AAF had their 15 minutes of fame in 2001 or so, I was a fan. The album is broken up by about four little interludes of pitch-shifted voices and atmospherics (none much over a minute long) that stretch the bands 9 songs to cover 13 tracks. I have to say I think the interludes don’t add anything. In fact it almost detracts from the feel of the record. I would personally prefer that the songs all come one right after another for this style of rock. The songs are all killer and no filler, and I think the record as a whole should be the same. However, overall Experience is a solid collection of catchy old-fashioned rock tunes that make you wanna drive fast, catch a good band (perhaps Kaleido, hint hint) at a dark dive bar, take a shot, and pass out the next day to recover.
Review by: Colin Steele
Top Tracks: “Blue Collar Delight”, “Die Tryin’ ”, “Trouble In Paradise”
About The Band:
Kaleido is: Christina Chriss (Vocals) Joey Fava (Drums) Ronnie Rosolino (Rhythm Guitar) Cody Morales (Bass) Zach Bolling (Lead Guitar)
Detroit claims a long line of musical trendsetters. Perhaps there’s something in the water, or maybe it’s the blue collar, put-up-or-shut-up mentality, but the Motor City has served as fertile ground for musical geniuses ranging from Alice Cooper and Kid Rock to Eminem and Bob Seger.
Kaleido – comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) – is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. Their upcoming debut full-length album “EXPERIENCE” will be released on May 19th, 2017 and is straight, unadulterated, feel it in your soul rock with flourishes of pop, R&B, punk & funk undertones – and hooks for days.
At the core, Kaleido is reminiscent of the piss-and-vinegar, stadium rock of a young Guns N’ Roses crossed and fused with the lovable, fun and energetic sensibilities of an early No Doubt. Their authentic and memorable songs are highlighted by an explosive live show, both of which quickly gained them notoriety in the Detroit music scene.
Named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly in both 2013 & 2014, plus having won two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for “Outstanding Rock/Pop Group” and “Outstanding Rock Recording” for their second independent EP ‘Unbreakable’, they have since taken the show on the road, lighting up stages on the Van’s Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Twenty One Pilots and countless others.
Kaleido recently wrapped up their latest US tour with groundbreaking rock legends Living Colour and their first tour of the United Kingdom with Alien Ant Farm and Hed PE in October 2016.
The first single released from “EXPERIENCE”, titled “Love & War” (co-written and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm), won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People’s Choice, and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.
“Trouble In Paradise”, the second single, combines hard hitting 808’s, pounding live drums, a bouncy rhythm, beautifully eerie vocals, soaring melodies and harmonizing guitars with a funky reggae inspired bass line. Trouble In Paradise blends and bends genres, creating a fresh, new sound.
The new single “Die Tryin” is a rock anthem to stepping up to the plate, taking your swings – and never backing down from a challenge. Kaleido is on tour with Seether in May and June, Rob Zombie in July. “Life resembles a kaleidoscope. Ever changing, intricate, and beautiful.”
Stay In Touch with Kaleido:
Official Website: www.kaleidoband.com