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We've been asking local bands with new albums on the horizon to tell us about their best and worst gigs ever.

Image Based in North Park, the New Kinetics started up in 2010, founded by singer Birdy Bardot and guitarist/keyboardist Brian Riley (Hotel St. George). Their first drummer auditions were held at Hindsight.

"The first drummer, second drummer and third all came and went," says Reilly. "While winding cables and packing up, the first drummer stuck his head back in the studio door. 'I wanna go again,' he said quietly."

When Jon Bonser (Death On Mars) sat himself behind the dilapidated set this time, something was different, and the room exploded with the cover originally recorded by the Small Faces. Their next recruit was bassist Leslie Schultze.

As for their worst gig ever:

"The worst show we have ever had the pleasure of playing would have to be a charity street fair in OB in March 2011. We played all right, but it started weird right off the bat."

"It was 10 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday. There was no stage, so we were playing heavy rock music while this kids were eating bomb pops three feet in front of us with a perplexed look on their faces. The sound guy was drunk, so the mics cut out every fifty seconds. Homeless guys were rocking out, which scared all the wholesome families that were already horrified by Birdy’s darkly stirring lyrics."

"And then someone unplugged our crap halfway through the set, so they could inflate the bouncy castle which was just feet from where I was playing."

"We played the set extra fast, so we could finish up and go do some proper drinking away from the Mystical Beads booth selling plastic crap to tourists and all the other guys that didn’t wait till 4:20. Did I mention the stage was a ten foot wide parking lot next to Hodad’s?"

And their best show?

"We just wrapped up a residency in Brooklyn NY, and we had a night off. It was only four in the afternoon and we were already itching for another show. Stationed on the stoop of a brownstone in Red Hook, we sat around playing guitars and listening to the inane ramblings of broken men and the perpetual sonnet of sirens blasting through the canyon walls of the sixty foot high, hundred year old monuments to forgotten architecture. We decided f-ck it, let’s get a show on.”

"We aimlessly wandered to where a lost corner met a three story collection of maritime antiques. The neon proclamation read Red Hook Bait and Tackle. Leslie wandered in the front door that looked as though it might be more at home on a pub in county cavern Ireland.

"Five minutes later, she popped back out harboring a sinister smile. 'We're on at 11.'”

"When we rolled in that night, there was an old upright piano oppressing the hardwood floor that announced every step you took with a crack and a whine. The crowd was not our type and we were not theirs, not yet at least."

"As we got it rolling, the folded arms fell to the sides and the crowd advanced upon us. Two songs from the back, the hardened bartenders were standing next to Jon and couldn’t stop themselves moving. The whole room swayed with a mass reserved for a ship with a broken mast in a class five hurricane."

“'Get that f#@ing guy up here and bring a harp in E,' Brian shouted, pointing to a harmonica player from one of the other bands. He came up and then it got really good."

"Six hours later, we boarded a flight for San Diego."


The New Kinetics released their EP Rock and Roll Has Got To Go in late 2010. Their debut full-length Contact is set to drop in September. A video for the first single “Riffle Raff” is streaming at http://www.Vimeo.com.

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TheNewKinetics Aug. 17, 2011 @ 9:34 p.m.

Yea. That top pic isnt the new kinetics. That would be Spaceships from LA.


Jay Allen Sanford Aug. 17, 2011 @ 9:45 p.m.

Whoops, my bad - thanks for the heads up, it's fixed -


drmiano Aug. 17, 2011 @ 10:34 p.m.

The exact address for the Riffle Raff video is http://vimeo.com/26550041, in case anyone can't find it.


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