The Reign of Kindo
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The Reign of Kindo

Buffalo, New York, United States | INDIE

Buffalo, New York, United States | INDIE
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"Absolute Punk Review: The Reign of Kindo"

You saw it, I saw it, everyone saw it. The comments made late last year, and early this year about This Day & Age breaking up. "Oh no! I never got to see them live!" "The Bell And The Hammer can't be topped" "I'm nervous to see what they'll do next". Then a few weeks later came the announcement that the band, minus Jeff Martin, would be coming out with a new project with another Jeffrey, Jeffrey Jarvis. Some people were excited, out of their love for their former counterpart, but most people were apathetic. I even overlooked this band from the get go, until I heard they were still technically in the One Eleven family. Then I finally heard it, and how glorious it has been. For those of you who have yet to hear about this band, The Reign Of Kindo is the new project from the members of This Day & Age out of Buffalo, NY, and they could very well be one of those genre bending bands that are accessible to many different groups of people. With this short six song EP, simply titled The Reign Of Kindo, the band has perfected a new sound. A very jazzy, but cool sound that's pretty complex at times. That voice, it might be familiar to some of you, that's the voice of Joseph Secchiaroli, former backup vocalist of TDAA. He does a wonderful job taking over as vocalist.

The Reign Of Kindo gets me excited, excited as in how excited children (and i'll admit, I am) when an ice cream truck comes jingling down your street. If this EP is just a taste of what's in store? Then you might as well color me excited. The compelling, yet literal intro, "Set The Stage, Cue The Music", does just that, it really draws the listener in to the next track, "Needle & Thread". This track is very fresh and refreshing and will rid any doubts any TDAA fans have of this band. The next track is something very unique for a band that's considered to be apart of the "scene". The only way I could describe the track, "Hard To Believe" is that it reminds me of something you'd only hear in one of those fancy cheese eating or wine drinking parties, something only such an elitist or post-modern beatnik could get into, or at least is allowed to get into. Which brings me to my next point, the piano playing on this album is what makes this album. The other parts define it, but Kelly Sciandra's piano playing is phenomenal. "Just Wait" puts the best of the best to shame. I could literally spend hours critiquing the songs and using metaphors and thesaurusing words that probably don't even fit to explain it, but i'll just leave it with you really just need to try it out to understand. The track the most people will be familiar with is a ridiculously convictive cover of The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize". If you've ever heard that song, you'll realize that only the best can pull off a cover of it, and these guys did it. The final track, the much less clamorous and quietest track on the record, "One Man Parade" really lets you take a closer listen to each instrument and what they add to the whole experience of the music.

All in all, The Reign Of Kindo EP is fantastic and really gets me excited about the future of the band. It's bands like The Reign Of Kindo that give me hope for the future of music, and the future of the kids involved in music. Hopefully, people will see bands like these guys, and As Tall As Lions, and be like "man, this is really cool?" And I mean, come on, Who since Stevie Wonder has made jazz cool? Very few. Also, I've yet to experience it firsthand, but I've heard that these guys are a treat live, so if they ever come through town, throw in the dollars, and see them. But all in all, the future of The Reign of Kindo is looking bright, shine with them.
- Nathan Lint: Absolute Punk


"Top 40 Carts.com: Reign of Kindo Announce 'Rhythm, Chord & Melody'"

ORLANDO, FL. (Top40 Charts/ One Eleven Records) (One Eleven Records) - One Eleven Records is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated debut of Buffalo based band The Reign of Kindo, aptly entitled "Rhythm, Chord & Melody," set to hit on August 26th. Weaving seamlessly through genres and encompassing jazz, pop, rock and everything and anything in between with ease, this record is sure to appeal to any musical palate. Piano lines smash and swell alongside colliding guitar melodies while the rhythm section grooves and sways, stroking each track delicately, warming the sound and injecting heaps of soul and backbone.

Like a Phoenix rising out of the ashes, or a black hole created from a collapsed star, The Reign Of Kindo (Formerly known as This Day & Age) are ready to grace your ears with some of the most elegant, frantic and beautiful chaos ever known.
With This Day & Age, and the success of their debut and sophomore releases, the band let the world know they were thoughtful popsters and hopelessly romantic troubadours. Leaving a wistful trail of smitten fans and critics alike behind, This Day & Age came to an end. Out of that death came the birth of Reign of Kindo, and what a birth it is...

A record so melodic it will leave you breathless can only be the product of musicians at their prime. Reign of Kindo is Joseph Secchiaroli on vocals, Mike Carroll on guitar, Kelly Sciandra on Piano, Jeff Jarvis on bass/vocals and Steve Padin on drums/vocals. Eliciting comparisons to John Mayer, Brad Mehldau, and Ben Folds, the band currently boasts well over a million listens on MySpace, and, with gigs alongside outfits like Anberlin and Mae under their belt, as well as video spins on Fuse and programming for MTV's "Made," The Reign of Kindo have definitely started to make an impression. - Top 40 Charts.com


"The Vanguard (University of South Alabama): Reign of Kindo wakes up jazz fusion genre with indie style"

Saying a band must fit into a certain genre should be blasphemous to all music-- unless, of course, that genre leaves possibilities wide open to the artists themselves. I'm talking about a genre called jazz fusion. Jazz fusion is a wide, open genre that merges the sounds of jazz with elements taken from other genres such as rock, indie, hip-hop. Having this genre label enables artists to have so many different elements and styles in their music without people wondering why they are straying away from their, as I like to call them, boring genres.

Looking closer into our era, you can find a few bands that have tried this wide genre of jazz fusion, but one band sticks out to me more than most. The Reign of Kindo consists of five members from Buffalo, N.Y. These members include Joseph Secchiaroli, vocals and guitar; Mike Carroll, guitar and sizes; Kelly Sciandra, piano and trumpet; Jeffery Jarvis, bass and vocals; and Steven Padin, drums and vocals.
The Reign of Kindo was formed after a popular band, This Day and Age, broke up. Four former members of This Day and Age decided to form a new group and called upon Jeffery Jarvis to play bass. All bets were against this new group and people didn't really expect too much from them. But with the new name and new bass player, came a completely new sound. The Reign of Kindo kept some of the style used in This Day and Age, but also added a new element which made this group stand out. The jazzy feel of the instruments added to the soothing, sometimes chilling vocals gave this group an edge that most bands do not have.

On Aug. 11, 2007, The Reign of Kindo released their first EP album simply titled "The Reign of Kindo." It didn't take long for the public to notice that this band was bringing something new and exciting. The Reign of Kindo's EP hit Billboard New Artist Charts at No. 47 within two months of its release.

This band is going to be one of those bands that is hard to put into one specific genre. It's hard to just call them indie or just call them jazz. Since The Reign of Kindo does have such a diverse mixing of genres, I like to view them as a modern day jazz fusion band.

There are countless numbers of bands out there who have no diversity in their sound. In order to get discovered, bands have to do more than just what is expected and The Reign of Kindo has done just that. They have experimented with a sound that most bands are too scared to experiment with and for that reason, they will always have their fans trying to guess what is going to come next. - Megan J. Reed: The Vanguard


"The Reign Of Kindo"


My 2007 summer fling was one that arrived entirely unannounced, as
flings most often do; The dingy strip mall music club in Anaheim was
filling up with a crowd hopeful to have their vacations stamped with
at least one hot July night of sweaty rock. The unforgiving heat
and overpriced water may have been more than enough reason to leave,
but I didn't.

When five strangers from Buffalo, New York welcomed the night and
announced themselves as The Reign of Kindo to said unassuming crowd,
the chemistry of the venue immediately changed -- "Just Wait", their
loud and compelling opener, was one that proved to arrest everyone's
attention from bar one to coda. For the first time that night,
execution was right on line with the grade of freshness in this
outfit's new and bold signature sound.

Stunned, I wondered how, in the midst of this beautiful chaos, could
melodies dance so finely with Kindo's intense works. I knew I wasn't
alone since, in no more than a half hour, the crowd agreed that this
wasn't just a showcase -- this was a confident blow to
convention. Nothing, absolutely nothing, sounded like the sonic
canvas the five had painted on that night. The colors were fervent,
the textured chords and rhythms were thick, the vocals proved
unrestrained, and, more notably, the energy was at a most high,
virtually tangible. Call it storybook coincidence, but just waiting
was the best thing that could have happened to me that summer as a
witness to the art world.

Rare is it to find modern music pinpoint the middle ground between a
respect to throwback and the fearlessness to pave tomorrow.
This is, quite modestly, the definition of The Reign of Kindo.
There's not a degree of pomposity in this sound, just an honest (and
accomplished) attempt to blend Kindo's diverse crafts and influences
into an identity so refreshing, unique, and universally personable.
Such sophistication is seldom this inviting.

After resurfacing the realization that The Reign of Kindo's recordings
were just as exciting as their live performances, I became convinced
that my fling at the club that night was something more than just
that. This was love -- a love for a sound so inspired, gripping, and
completely celebratory of what our generation's up-and-coming
tunesmiths are capable of achieving. It's a current of emotion that
has yet to break, all thanks to the courage of this outfit we can
claim as Our Time's own. This isn't (as most critics would argue as
having witnessed) "history in the making" -- this is simply the
essence of Art, now resurrected. - Hugo Gomez - HugoStop


Discography

The Reign of Kindo EP - (Aug 26th 2007)
Rhythm, Chord, & Melody - (Aug. 19th 2008)

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Rare is it to find modern music that pinpoints the middle ground between a respect for past greats and a boldness to pave tomorrow. This is, quite modestly, the definition of The Reign of Kindo. Citing influences from Dave Brubeck to Pat Metheny to Ryuichi Sakamoto to John Mayer, there's not a degree of pomposity in this sound, just an honesty in the group's craft to blend such diverse influences into an identity so refreshing, unique, and universally personable.

The Reign Of Kindo was born of the former musical outfit know as This Day & Age in the old queen city of Buffalo, NY during the late months of 2006. With This Day & Age, and the success of their debut and sophomore releases, the band let the world know they were thoughtful popsters and hopelessly romantic troubadours with fans and critics alike. Now under their now moniker, the five have resolved to craft an album and a sound without reservations. The music found on 'Rhythm, Chord & Melody' is not Jazz, nor is it in-your-face rock. It is simply the pinnacle in sophisticated pop rock, and it does not exclude. Pianos with Mehldau-like dissonance swell along colliding guitar lines, rounded out with a rhythm section that grooves and sways amidst the beautiful chaos. The Reign Of Kindo has masked innovative genius into a pop fa├žade, which is something that most acts strive for their entire careers to do, but never execute.

Now with an endless road of touring ahead, the band embarks on a long journey in hopes of sharing their music with new faces and furthering the success of their latest release, "Rhythm, Chord & Melody". It is safe to expect a continued reputation of greatness from these five tune-smiths. Pick up a copy today. Available in stores everywhere.