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Kingdom Flying Club
Sumatra Fox EP
Emergency Umbrella Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

June 17, 2005
Besides simply sharing their initials with a certain fast-food chain, the Kingdom Flying Club are steadily making their ascent in the wide world of indie pop. Since they got together in January of 2003, the band has already made their way well on to CMJ's Radio 200 charts as well as having had their song, "Artists Are Boring", featured on Fox's 'The OC' and in a commercial for a cable TV channel. Taking cues from the likes of Weezer, Piebald and the Pixies, the Missouri quartet blends their influences together into an altogether remarkable sound.

The album's opener, "Cut the Negatives", is an entertaining, spirited track which represents what these guys are all about: bouncy dance rhythms, laid-back vocals and, of course, girls. The music slows down with "Aristocrats", where lead singer Matt O'Neill points out democracy's shortcomings, with lyrics that coincide nicely with a screechy guitar. "Robot soldiers please blow me away," he pleads, but eventually figures he'd rather just "stay (and stay and stay) at home."

The next song, "Our Poetry", is an eerie number, backed by a raw piano and meditations on the surrealism of his lover's beauty: "Baby hold that thought/cause I think I just read your mind" he sings, staring into her eyes.

The album picks up again with "Why I Hate Saturn", a track that is catchy as hell, delivering an uplifting xylophone beat, fuzzy guitar riffs and an amusing tale of a recent breakup. "Don't call me," O'Neill states plainly; he rants to an ex-girlfriend while the bouncy yet depressing piece is supported by heavy, layered instrumentals.

If you haven't yet heard the Kingdom Flying Club, then their debut, Non-Fiction should definitely be your first listen, even in the face of this newer material. However, Sumatra Fox is nothing short of an excellent follow-up and deserves some attention. The entire disc only runs about 15 minutes, which is admittedly unsatisfying, but it should keep fans on the lookout for a future release - and for the price of three items off the McDonald's dollar menu, it's still a bargain.

Reviewed by Oran Stainbrook

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