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Colors of Home

Kill Creek

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Album Review

Hailing from Lawrence, KS, Kill Creek has cranked out energetic, impassioned pop/rock with dashes of punk and country for more than a decade. On Colors of Home, their third full-length (excluding numerous demo recordings), they distill their sound into short, hooky compositions with disproportionately great emotional impacts. "Mousetrap" is a head-bopping pop track elevated to greatness by a xylophone introduction and a soaring bridge. "Divorcee" is an acoustic, 5/8 meditation beautified by a trumpet-solo outro. Touches like these (not to mention singer Scott Born's highly literate but unpretentious lyrics) reveal that Kill Creek are very able veterans at their often thankless trade.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Lawrence, KS

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1986 while founders Scott Born (vocals/guitar) and Ron Hayes (guitar) were both still in high school, Kill Creek took to formation under the post-punk influences of Rites of Spring, Embrace, and Mission of Burma. Accompanied by their own brand of straight power pop in comparison to the likes of Hüsker Dü and the Doughboys, Kill Creek developed a sound of their own, while processing a number of what they call "embarrassing basement demos" between 1986 through 1993. In between contributing...
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