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A satisfying blend of early indie rock and shoegaze, the Brother Kite's self-titled debut could have been released in the early '90s instead of 2004. Appropriately dubbed "Death Cab for Shoegaze" by its record label, the Providence, RI, band nods to indie rock bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Appleseed Cast, and Sebadoh, as well as droney groups like My Bloody Valentine. "Goodnight, Goodnight, Goodnight" begins with strings reminiscent of Spacemen 3 before guitars and drums enter with a chugging rhythm. Vocals are expectedly reverbed, though, but still quite discernible in noise pop numbers such as "The Music Box" and "Death Ray." "Mere Appreciation" strips their sound down to an acoustic guitar and vocals, proving they can write without relying on effects. The nearly eight-minute closer, "The Way That You Came Down," culminates with noisy, jangly pop and a '50s backbeat, bringing the Brother Kite's rock full circle.


Formed: 2002 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Providence, RI's the Brother Kite had their beginnings in the collaboration between musicians Patrick Boutwell and Jon Downs in 2001, but the group itself didn't come together until the following year with the addition of bassist Andrea Mason and guitarist Mark Howard. The group released a split 7" with Vaguely Starshaped in 2003 and followed it up with their first full-length, The Brother Kite, the following year. They recruited drummer Matt Rozzero soon after that, and the group started thinking...
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