Kidneythieves — The Mend (Sept. 13, 2016) ¬•♦•♦• I’m an anchor, floating sweet, To the bottom of the sea, How did I get here, fate in my hand, I can’t breathe, face in the sand.
¬•♦•♦• “The Mend is the album we all need right now. Every day we hear about a new act of terrorism, violence, racism, sexism, inequality, hate. We all need to remember to love. We need to literally mend. The Mend reminds us of this. Kidneythieves have pointed out our flaws, but also have shown a way to change. If listening to this record helps you realise that you are perfect the way you are, or that you don’t need someone else to validate you or even just gets you talking about the issues of the world — it has done its job.” — Christine Caruana
¬•♦•♦• “Kidneythieves is highly underrated, with a sound that is as sexy as it is industrial and accessible.” — Megan Hawkey
Location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genre: Electronic, Industrial, Alternative Rock, Female Vocal
Album release: Sept. 13, 2016
Record Label: Red Sleeve Music
01. Fist Up 3:48
02. Codependent Song 3:59
03. Who You Are 3:35
04. In Love With A Machine 4:03
05. Kushcloud 3:31
06. Migration 4:21
07. Let Freedom Ring 3:42
08. The Solution Is In The Trees 3:38
09. Living Like You Did 4:20
10. World For Us 3:49
11. Anchor 4:22
12. In Love With A Machine (Beat Ventriloquists Remix) 4:19
℗ 2016 Red Sleeve Music
Favorite Track: Let Freedom Ring
¬•♦•♦• Written by: Free Dominguez/Bruce Somers
¬•♦•♦• Recorded, Mixed and Mastered Bruce Somers at Undercurrent Studios, Los Angeles, CA
¬•♦•♦• All Rights reserved Red Sleeve Music, Crooked Wood Music
¬•♦•♦• The industrial rock duo kidneythieves comprised singer/composer Free Dominguez and producer/multi–instrumentalist Bruce M. Somers. Their debut LP Trickster was released on Push Records in 1998. The band released a single and the Phi in the Sky EP between albums, but their full length Zerospace was released in February of 2002. ~ Jason Ankeny.
1.) I’m an anchor, floating sweet
To the bottom of the sea
How did I get here, fate in my hand
I can’t breathe, face in the sand
2.) I was happy, swimming around
then an Anchor pulled me down
I surrendered, flag never found
I’ve got a message out to the Angels now
3.) I want to break the chain that holds me deep
Float to the top and see the sky
What makes me hold on to you so tightly
Anchors they take your spirit light
¬•♦•♦• When multi~instrumentalist/producer Bruce Somers and singer/songwriter Free Dominguez met in a Los Angeles restaurant in 1997 to see if a musical union was in the stars, he brought to the table a background in industrial rock ala Nine Inch Nails and metal ala Rage Against the Machine. She came in with more of an affinity for hip~hop, trip~hop, and beat~music, along the lines of Tricky and Portishead.
¬•♦•♦• Together as Kidneythieves, the duo’s blended backgrounds make for a cutting edge electronic industrial offering that had Seventeen magazine squealing, “If Trent Reznor had a female alter ego, it’d be Free Dominguez,” Billboard raving that they are “as menacing as the urban legend from which they took their name,” and All Music Guide declaring the group an “industrial menace that knows when to show its sensitive side.”
¬•♦•♦• “We came in from these two different musical places but where our points of interest collided, and what we bonded over musically, was in more of the groove stuff like Massive Attack and Portishead, and it’s in this intersection of interests where we’ve been able to carve out a unique sound for ourselves that’s constantly evolving,” says Bruce.
¬•♦•♦• After 14 years of musical bliss that saw the release of three critically~acclaimed full~length records, three EPs, one live record, and thousands of incendiary live shows headlining venues as well as opening for KMFDM, The Used, Tommy Lee, Sevendust, and others, Kidneythieves have created what they deem their finest musical offering yet with their new EP, The Invisible Plan, featuring five songs of pure unadulterated musical mayhem set for release on October 18th via their own Crooked Wood Music.
¬•♦•♦• “We felt after Trypt0fanatic it was a lot of heavy songs and we always liked the balance of heavy and light ~ contrast is a big part of what we do,” says Bruce. “So we wanted The Invisible Plan to go a little more to the electronic side ~ a little less guitar, a little more experimenting with different types of keyboard sounds, and more texture than the obvious guitar sounds. The result, for me, is that this is one of the best things that we’ve done. It’s something new ~ it’s loud, but groovy, with an amazing story and amazing lyrics.”
¬•♦•♦• The concept of The Invisible Plan is a continuation of the storyline that began with Kidneythieves’ debut 1998 record, Trickster. “Every album has a story thread that leads into the next,” explains Free. “The story coming out of Trypt0fanatic is discovering how to use the dream in waking life for survival. The Invisible Plan is putting that into action: Living your life so that things find you, and changing the pattern of events around you. It is ‘invisible’ because in order for the power to not dissipate, you have to keep it to yourself, and find others with this same mutual understanding — group of people fighting the good fight to make the world better. It becomes this unspoken thing, this Invisible Plan, what we need to master our lives here and deal with everything in a positive way.”
¬•♦•♦• The Invisible Plan was once again written by the prolific duo and produced by Bruce Somers and Kidneythieves in their Undercurrent Studios in Los Angeles, which they converted to solar~power in summer 2010. “Free and I are very sensitive to the environment and we talk about it a lot,” says Bruce. “We both drive fuel efficient cars and do our part. But we felt that our carbon footprint was too big in this huge studio with all this gear. We felt like hypocrites. So we installed solar panels, point them to the sun, and get 60~70% of the electricity for the studio from solar power now. We also have a 23 SEER air conditioner in the studio, which is the most energy efficient you can have in the desert, and we put in a reverse osmosis filter system to do away with bottled water.”
¬•♦•♦• Having a green studio is just one way other artists have been attracted to working at Undercurrent Studios. Having a state~of~the art ProTools rig, an extensive sound library, and 1,000~square feet of their 2,000-square foot studio as a dedicated amp room ~ with an eclectic mix of vintage and new ~ is another big draw. Among the artists who have recorded at Undercurrent are Good Charlotte, Dave Grohl, the Pussycat Dolls, Good Charlotte, Jay Gordon (Orgy), Toby Wright (Korn), Dylan McLaren (Juliette Lewis and the Licks, The Misfits), RA (Sahaj), and Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).
¬•♦•♦• Kidneythieves have also found success in landing their unique style of music in movie soundtracks, on TV shows, and in video games from the day the duo started making music together. On the soundtrack front, their cover of the Willie Nelson~penned Patsy Cline hit “Crazy” was in 1998’s Bride of Chucky and “Before I’m Dead” from 2002’s Zerøspace was in Queen of the Damned starring the late Aaliyah the same year. Among their small screen credits are “Arsenal” from Zerøspace in CSI: Miami in 2003 and “Taxicab Messiah” from 1998’s Trickster in the cult favorite Warehouse 13 in 2010.
¬•♦•♦• Meanwhile, five songs from Trickster were also on the 2003 video game Deus Ex: Invisible War. The songs were performed in~game by the character of NG Resonance, which is a fictional pop star voiced by Free. Most recently, the band’s “God in Fire,” a collaboration with Japanese video game composer Takeharu Ishimoto, was featured in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy in Spring 2011.
¬•♦•♦• “Musicians can’t rely on record labels to do everything now so we look for other sources,” says Bruce. “For us, one of those is the video game industry, which is always looking for new things and that lines up nicely with us always staying cutting edge.” Adds Free, “We’ve been noticing that there are more 15~18~year~olds coming to shows and emailing us and I think it’s a byproduct of the exposure we’ve had in video games. We have this amazing legion of loyal fans now that is a lot more eclectic than we when we started out.”
¬•♦•♦• The trajectory the band has been on with a growing sales base and rapidly expanding fan base from record~to~record continues with the release of The Invisible Plan because, as Free sings in the EP’s title track, “The art of the hustle to use the mind as a muscle is… the invisible plan.”
¬•♦•♦• Welcome to their Invisible Plan.
Interview with Free Dominguez: http://www.thmag.us/freedominguez.html
Review, Christine Caruana, September 24, 2016: https://victimofsound.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/kidneythieves-the-mend/