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Similar Kind “Commercial Break” EP Review

Similar Kind is an indie pop band out of Norwalk, Connecticut that just release EP “Commerical Break” Aug 26, 2022.

I had previously discovered them during a Hot Flash Heat Wave concert, Similar Kind was an absolutely stellar opening act. Lead singer, Julia Breen, has so much power in their vocals that is prevalent in every track.

Their energy is intoxicatingly positive. Their discography is filled to the brim with upbeat, energized tracks.

My mood immediately improved upon seeing a new release on their page; their sound is always a mood booster.

New Tracks

In this release there is 4 new tracks, all of them are leaning into a more funk-inspired sound. Their bassist, Nate Porter, deserves much praise in these new releases.

The first track, “Game Show” is absolutely noteworthy. They have great production quality in this one, and it’s clear they are gaining more confidence in their individual talents. The member’s individual sounds are combining beautifully.

“Leonard St.” is the second new track on this EP. Once again, the bassist is shining in this track. I really adore this song. It has much more intense, almost grungy approach compared to their previous work. My only gripe with this track is halfway through the track the vocals are muffed stylistically– Julia Breen has such sharp vocals; I think it is a detriment to hinder them.

Up next is “Waiting”. This track is certainly the most pop influenced on the EP. If you want a good song to dance or tap your foot to, this is the one. It has more repetitiveness compared to the others. I appreciate their efforts in appeasing to multiple genres.

“Thanks for Listening!” is the final track on the ep, which as the title implies, is a musical send off. I don’t have too much to say here, other than I hope Similar Kind is not going to be gone for long.

Conclusion and Tour Dates

I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to see Similar Kind in concert. Their sound live is really electric.

They are currently touring with Post Sex Nachos and will be performing at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro next Thursday, Sep 1. They will also be stopping in Atlanta and Nashville.

I’m excited for all that Similar Kind will be releasing in the near future; this EP is just an inkling of all they will accomplish.

By Michelangelo

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