KINDLING

“There’s nothing soothing about the music of the Massachusetts shoegaze band KINDLING. Kindling don’t use their waves of guitar effects to beautify their songs; instead, they drag them through mud. There’s a lot of fuzz on this band’s guitars, and it’s always punishing, never uplifting. Still, Kindling bring some seriously pretty melodies and vocal harmonies in with all that ugliness.” —STEREOGUM

“KINDLING began in early 2014 in a spare room of an Easthampton, MA house when Stephen Pierce asked Gretchen Williams to contribute to a throwaway fuzz pop song that he had written and recorded over the preceding hour. The next day, they did the same thing, and then again the day after that. After about a week and a half, they had completed the “Spare Room” demo and set to work on a debut 7″. Instead of spontaneous compositions, though, the duo took their time and worked considerably harder on the four songs that comprise the “Spike & Wave” EP. Inspired by the kindness shown by the people who managed to hear the 7″, a full band was assembled, bringing in drummer Andy Skelly – who has played with Stephen in DIY punk mainstays AMPERE for over a decade – and bassist Andrew Farr. Having blossomed from their modest indiepop beginnings, KINDLING as a full band embodies equal parts delicate beauty and crushing heaviness, awash in a sea of fuzz, reverb, and volume.”

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