The Jen Say Kwahs
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May
23
The Jen Say Kwahs @ TBA

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

May
22
The Jen Say Kwahs @ TBA

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

May
21
The Jen Say Kwahs @ TBA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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The sound of Jen Say Kwah is a fusion of pop, indie music, melancholy guitar and a little bit of dance thrown in. On paper the sound might seem strange but in a live music venue, especially one as small and non-ventilated as the Trap, it's loud and mind-bending and awesomely overwhelming - in short it's just the thing most people are looking for in their rock concerts. The members give a lot of credit for this to drummer Phil Canty. His dance beats, which he bangs out with uninhibited ferocity, bring some cohesiveness to the music.

"Jeff and Marty write songs between them and, since they both have a different sound, my job as a drummer is to apply some sort of continuity between the two," said Canty, "Because it's hard to find a middle ground. Marty writes some sadder songs and Jeff has a tendency to write poppier tunes so I try to find a common ground in all of our material."

"The only thing we're interested in as a band is the things we can control," said Hillard. "Like writing better music and just spending more time with each other and learning about each other and trying to figure out a way to express that through our songs. And look for those opportunities that a lot of bands pass up."

Some of them just want to play music. In Canty's own words:

"I just like to play the drums and shit."

© Copyright 2007 Washburn Review
- Melissa Treolo, Washburn Review


…With no police in sight, I made my way into the Record Bar on Friday night and immediately noticed it was a packed house. The Jen Say Kwahs from nearby Lawrence, Kansas, had just taken the stage and already had the crowd moving. This quartet has a tight rhythm section, an infectious energy, dual-guitars, and the occasional lap steel. The vocals reminded me of Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life) without all the anger, and the band as a whole knows how to create a catchy song and then go off and create ten other catchy songs that all sound unique. The Jen Say Kwahs left the crowd in a good mood…
by Holly Beal - Holly Beal, thetripwire.com (NYC)


Lawrence's Jen Say Kwahs opened up, and were a bit of a strange addition to the bill, which was by no means a bad thing. Having seen Limbeck more than a few times, I was expecting some sort of singer/songwriter/alt-country thing (typically what bookers match them up with) and was therefore not looking forward to the requisite scruffy, bearded dude with acoustic guitar singing stripped-down songs about whiskey and girls. Instead, the Jen Say Kwahs came on as a really full-sounding quartet, with great vocal harmonies and confident playing, dropping hooky song after hooky song but never staying in the same stylistic vein.
Elements of the Saddle Creek influence (Cursive especially) and some of the noisy jubilance of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah showed through, but more exciting were those moments that hit Yo La Tengo dual-guitar transcendence; also the last song ("All Hearts Restored"), which built off a sparse tremolo-soaked riff and sorrowful lap steel and transformed mid-way into a Calexico-like shuffle. It was a captivating way to end the set, and a nice transition back into the alt-countryfied world of Limbeck…
by Greg Franklin - Greg Franklin, The Pitch Weekly (KC)


There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to The Jen Say Kwahs, but they don’t speak French, so no one knows how to define it. Suffice to say it’s the charismatic union of four creative spirits who stumbled across each other when invited to perform a Shania Twain song at a friend’s wedding. The band —composed of Martinez Hillard (voice/guitar/bass), Jeff Milberger (voice/guitar/bass), Brett Resnick (guitar/pedal steel) and Phil Canty (drums) —has pursued a much less Twainy course since then. The quartet’s shape-shifting amalgam of booksmart indie rock, dance beats and genuinely moving ballads earned a runner-up finish at the recent KJHK Farmer’s Ball…

by Richard Gintowt - lawrence.com


Discography

Fear and Magic EP (2008)
1 Simmy's in a Borough
2 Untitled
3 Hot Time & the Easy Livin'
4 A Division Inside (October Winds)
5 Heroics
6 All Hearts Restored

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From their hometown debut in March 07 the Jen Say Kwahs have rapidly ascended to the top of the Midwest musical pile. In one year the group has established itself in the heavily populated KC music scene, hitting Chicago, Omaha, and all the other Midwest centers of rock. Their debut EP 'Fear and Magic' is currently available at all online retailers and will hit record stores in April 2008. The band will embark upon a Midwest/East tour shortly thereafter.

Influences: Prince, the Beatles, Kanye West, Steely Dan