Christopher Kimble

Christopher Kimble

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Beautiful, honest songs - an organic blend of americana, country, folk, rock and punk. Like Neil Young, the Misfits, the Band, Elvis Costello, Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash in a sandwich.

Biography

Christopher Kimble was born on September 4th in Michigan, where he grew up listening to his parents' record collection that included the entire Dylan catalogue, The Band, The Beatles, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and just about everything else. “Actually, about a year ago I went to my Dad’s storage area and reclaimed all of those old classics. They really had a profound affect on the direction I am taking musically and, even though I knew where my influences came from, I had forgotten how much they shaped my ears. Later on, punk rock would enter the picture and become just as influential. It really took that organic, roots side I loved and flipped it over. It was phenomenal.”

After moving from Michigan to New York to Washington D.C. to Buenos Aires, Christopher has again landed in New York. Each of these places, along with numerous other factors, has helped define and blur the influences found in his music - an organic blend of americana, country, folk, rock and punk. Think of Neil Young, the Misfits, the Band, Elvis Costello, Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash in a sandwich.

In 2006, Christopher released his first full-length album, ‘Criminal Side of the Builder’, an organic, soulful collection of songs recorded in a friend’s basement over the last year. Its title was taken from an astrology book. “A bunch of us were at a bar last winter. It was in the village and there were all these books on the shelves. We started reading an old astrology book that talked about specific birthdays… mine talked about how Virgo’s born on September 4 are builders – industrious, logical, with a good understanding of systems. However, should one not want to put that to use for the benefit of society, they would make an excellent criminal. I’m not a criminal, but I always felt I had a certain understanding of the darker side of life, and I think this album touches on some of those themes. I made up ‘criminal side of the builder', which was just a perfect fit.”

Christopher describes his music as indie folk-country-punk - some acoustic, some electric, country-tinged stuff with a punk rock attitude, and driving punk rock type stuff with a country attitude. “I wear cowboy boots, so that should stand for something. It feels like americana (whatever that really means) - country, folk, rockabilly, punk, indie, pop... whatever. The new album is kind of all over the place stylistically, but the songs really work well together.

"I think we succeeded in making a fantastic record that sounds great, but it’s also not too perfect. When it’s too perfect, it’s not human, and I think music should always have a good human quality to it. It’s funny, but I think that really old country music and punk rock have a lot in common. They’re both full of soul and emotion, and often they are both simple and rough. For me the song is important. You can do anything you want to a record to make it sound perfect, but if the songs and performances at the root of all that aren’t good, it won’t matter.”

Lyrics

city of lights

Written By: christopher kimble

in your eyes i'm nothing
not a quick hello
not a dream to follow
and not a whore you go to
when you're walking the streets
for another lover
I stay under cover
and follow you home

I'll be waiting at your door
you'll be taking your time
you'll be having a drink
I'll be blowing my lines
you'll be getting dressed
another crazy night
going out stalking
city of lights

I'm just a sketch of a guy
just a pencil outline
a masterpiece unmastered
when the artist expired
over baguettes and wine
I watch you dine
at the finest joints
with the rich white men you brought home last night

I'll be waiting at your door
you'll be taking your time
you'll be having a drink
I'll be blowing my lines
I'll call you up
let it ring and ring and ring
let's go see the sights
city of lights

I'll be waiting at your door
you'll be taking your time
have another drink
blow another line
have another drink
blow another line
have another drink
blow another line

learning to die

Written By: christopher kimble

it's three o'clock
your night is shot
pack up all the dreams that you deserved and never got
there's only one way out of town, my love, tonight

we'd broken in
they caught our scent again
said the signature was the boots you used to kick me in
in our greatest fight,
happens every night
whatever you heard I'll be just fine
there's only one way out of town and that way's mine

your little pink pills, they do no damage
according to the package I read
but you're not the same
just melting my brain
I'm fed up with that

in a parking lot,
I feel you burn
I swear to God someday I'll learn
we don't smile
yeah, we just drive
make snow angels drunk and they won't fly
there's only one way out of town and that's to die!

two cigarettes

Written By: christopher kimble

gimme two cigarettes and a glass of wine
lay them on the table and I'll be fine
I don't want nothin' to eat
I can't have that buzz decline
gimme two cigarettes and a glass of wine

the working day is over and I won't be sober
reality is just enough to probably push me over
I been waitin' for this girl all night
even though I barely know her
lay them on the table cause I won't be sober

I want to kick and scream at the music machine
I want the phone to ring with a message
to tell me that she's caught in traffic
or perhaps something more tragic
cause then I'll know it's not my fault
if she never walks through the door
lay them on the table before I hit the floor

gimme two cigarettes and a glass of wine
lay them on the table now, and I'll be fine
I don't want nothin' to eat, I can't have that buzz decline
give me two cigarettes and a glass of wine
give me two cigarettes and a glass of wine
give me two cigarettes and a bottle of wine!

Discography

'Criminal Side of the Builder' - 2007

Set List

We usually play 45 minute sets, depending on the venue. We can stretch it out to 60 or longer.

We play all original songs, and sometimes we throw a cover in there to mix it up. Songs from the album, as well as a bunch of new material.

Lately, I've been doing solo shows with accompaniment from one or two other people. It's pretty stripped right now, and that gives a really intimate feel that people seem to connect with. We'll probably be organizing full band sets soon, but this has been fun so we're kind of trying to enjoy it.