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May 12, 2021

The Midweekly – Kali Masi

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Subtitles? Stage direction? What’s with the brackets? Doesn’t matter. Is there humor? Sure. Along with passion, frustration, vulnerability, and a lot of supercharged rock on this album. [laughs] is the second, and latest full length from the Chicago quartet, Kali Masi. Here we get ten tracks of songwriting that take the best parts of pop rock, punk, emo and serve them up with excitement. Clever dynamics and tasteful production take the listener from an epic slow-burner to open the record, to a sheer head-banger to close it out. The stops along the way treat us to themes of inspiration, nostalgia, and longing, with classic riffs, offbeat hooks, and vocals that croon as well as scream well-crafted lyrics. The subtitles under any fan of real, smart punk rock will definitely read [enjoys] while spinning this one.

May 12, 2021

The B-Side: New Candys

With “Zyko” the New Candys show that you can keep it simple and still be engaging and rocking. Most of the song is built on a repetitive 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 down beat that you would usually hear as an intro or build up to an explosive chorus, but here it’s the groundwork for the whole song. Sure they add and remove layers and guitars move in and out, but most of the band most of the time is playing that simple, driving rhythm. The overall effect is one of the same effortless cool of the 80’s shoegaze movement, just don’t try to dance along.

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