Pride of Kenya

Pride of Kenya

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So have you ever heard of music? Because this band Pride of Kenya's pretty sweet. They're like shoegaze pop stew with a melodious pot-roast with harmony sauce. A delicious meal that can eaten at any time of the day.

Biography

For as young of a band as Pride of Kenya are, they have roots extending back a number of years. Every member of the band has shared the stage with another in some incarnation of a different band, mostly as part of the burgeoning Highland Park scene under the umbrella of the Heard of Elephants collective. Their music is an amalgam of textured shoegaze wrapped around tightly written rock riffs supporting catchy melodies. They’re a band that focuses on the simple aspects of songwriting first and then concerns themselves with layering new aesthetic on top afterwards. The band has been compared to such acts as Autolux and The Velvet Teen, and they’ve already played a few shows on KXLU’s Neuz Pollution radio show.

Their music utilizes range to great effect—Their music oscillates between intense and pretty, operating in some undefined space just slightly ahead of the curve and rendered difficult to pinpoint. Bassist/Baritone Guitarist Paris Patt overtakes lead vocal duties. The aforementioned, coupled with guitarist Mike Allison’s searing guitar playing and drummer Dan Melancon’s crashing energy, have been impressing crowds since their inception.
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Lyrics

Kentucky Nightmare

Written By: Alec Owen

Stop making waves, kid
Okay, fine, try and stop the tide
Not much you can do to change things
Revolutions subside

No need to know how it happened
The feelings or thoughts; need to trim the fat
Just get to what’s important and
Leave it at that

Who won.
Who lost.
Who mutated.
And who became extinct.

Building empires
And knocking them down
The only variable is
Is the crown

The future is right there and it’s
Looking back at us
It’s trying to make sense of this
Fiction we’ve become

Oh, no.
Not you again.
Oh, lord no.
Not you again.

Hold your breath ‘cause I’m assuming
That this process isn’t human
Entropy is prevalent even among our purest breeds
So check the record, see who’s he with
Give me someone I agree with
Seems that all our platforms are just
Falling down around me

Oh, no.
Not you again.
Oh, lord no.
Not you again.

I’ll try not to repeat myself.
I’ll try not to repeat myself.
I’ll try not to repeat myself.
I’ll try not to repeat myself.
I’ll try not to repeat myself.

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Written By: Alec Owen

At some point last night
The power went out
We were all sleeping
All through the drought

And I don’t follow
How I still woke up
And I can’t swallow
Vying for the cup

I always manage to trick myself
Set traps make plans
That seem to get in my way
I always manage to trick myself
When the going gets…

Seven on one
It’s a creepfest out here
Seven on one
And she don’t get what she came for
Seven on one
It could be less awkward…

If it was easy, I’d crawl right back up inside
Forget the rest and keep it on the down low
If it was easy, I’d crawl right back up inside
Forget the rest and keep it on the down low

It wasn’t easy
To wait so long
I’ve run out of reasons
To make you wrong

And I don’t follow
What took so long
And I can’t swallow-no-
Now that you’re gone

Stop. Rephrase. x8

Seven on one x4

Seven on one
It’s a creepfest out here
Seven on one
And she don’t get what she came for
Seven on one
It could be less awkward
If you ask

Discography

Fond Memories of the Pleasure Dome EP (2007, self-released)

Nothing to Write Home Abouts (2009, self-released)

Set List

Pride of Kenya has a rapidly growing repertoire of about 45 minutes to an hour of music.

Songs include:
Pedo Monster, Atomic Spacesuit, Kentucky Nightmare, You Want Me as Well, Tronmellow, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, Boat Full of Holes (Holy Boat), and The Watcher. P.o.K. have also been known to occasionally do an ambient-spacey-shoegazey-wall-of-sound version of Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf and a variety of other covers.