Clairecords / Light Fighter (2013)
Back during that hectic year of 2006, my buddy Jason in Baltimore had hipped me to an album called Waiting For The Time To Be Right by The Brother Kite. It was a very enjoyable record, but for one reason or another, I never really kept up with the band. 2006 was a low point for me musically. The toll of a lengthy stay in the music industry was starting to affect me. I didn't really want to go to shows anymore and frankly I was getting burned out on music in general.
After I left "the biz" I was able to enjoy music as a hobby again and as you can see from the results of this website, my love for buying records has never been stronger. Somewhere along the way, The Brother Kite continued to release records that I wasn't aware of. When I was picking up the Unlikely Friends CD, I noticed this album hanging around in the label's distro. What do you know, The Brother Kite was still around. Sure,Model Rocket came out a few years ago at this point, but it's brand new and wonderful to me.
I will go so far to say that it is even better than Waiting For The Time To Be Right. The band's light and upbeat vocal melodies soar over a bed of crunchy guitars and big, big hooks. Maybe a sunnier Superdrag? Perhaps a punkier Fountains Of Wayne? A faster Pernice Brothers? Regardless of how you want to compare them, this is a great guitar pop record and frankly, I'm almost a little bummed that it took me this long to realize it was out. I assure you, this one will be making up for lost time on my turntable.
The Brother Kite - Model Rocket: