ALBUM PREMIERE: ‘Garbage Plate’ – Kinky Fingers

'Garbage Plate' - Kinky Fingers
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When we recently brought you the premiere for Kinky Fingers track ‘Prove It’, we spoke about how proud we were that we got the chance to showcase sucha great track. Well you can imagine how we felt when we got the opportunity to give the band’s album Garbage Plate it’s first proper twirl on the dancefloor… We almost pissed ourselves.

Urination aside, this is one of the best mini-albums you’ll hear all year. Kinky Fingers have such an eclectic sound that putting this across a whole record can sometimes feel disjointed and clunky, but Garbage Plate feels like a city-wide wave slowly pushing across the streets catching 60’s soul, 50’s surf and the ‘American Dream’ as touch points along the way. No better is this picked up than in the title track of the record ‘Garbage Plate’.

The title of the album and track is taken from their time recording in Rochester, NY. A Garbage Plate (we are reliably informed) is a plate of fried potatoes, baked beans, hot dogs, onions, mustard, and a chili-like meat sauce. Intense. As the name suggests, the music rings through so many genres, textures and tastes it feels a perfect fit for the deteriorating American dream, which once tasted so sweet and now feels more like a bellyache.

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This idea permeates the album across every track. As the opening track ‘A Spider Walking’ opens up with a lead line like the surf-cousin of Bruce Springsteen pushing a little bit of weed to get himself through college. ‘Hazy Yesterdays’ though adds a darker tone as it lands closer to Cold War Kids rather than The Boss.

Next up is the expertly premiered ‘Prove It’, which above all else, feels sweet, honest and authentic. It moves away from the somewhat psycho-surf sound towards a gentler sunset waltz across the sand. ‘Yeha Noha’ switches pace again moving back toward a grittier edge, as ‘No Ghost’ maintains the tone but replacing menace with melody and movement.

Sometimes to describe a song the best thing to do is just present the title and move on so, next up is ‘Smokin’ Drinkin”. You can all imagine how that one is going to go, right? If you didn’t say garage rock with a country glint in the eye then I’m afraid you won’t be moving on to the next round with us. (The clue was in the dropping of the ‘g’).

As ‘Stressed Out’ ends the seven track mini-LP, it reflects almost perfectly the entireity of the album. Compiled across a multitude of different landscapes across America the influences of so many genres can be heard in the music. Although a primarily garage-surf sound, the band use everything at their disposal to give themselves a platform. In a time where America seems so divided it feels good to have Kinky Fingers showcasing the best and worst of America from every corner of the New World.

Be it a country twang, a soul croon or a noodling lead line capable of snaring Kelly Slater in a tube, one thing is clear, Kinky Fingers have got their fingers on several different pulses but they’re all dancing to the same beat.

You can hear the brand new album below.

Garbage Plate is out on 23rd February

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