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Space Orphans

by Kimono Draggin'

It’s as if the band was abandoned on an unknown world with only their instruments to keep themselves occupied.
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Album Notes
Kimono Draggin’ continues to kill at venues around the east and has taken time away to kick back in the studio and finish what they started in 2006. Kimono has managed to ressurect an entire album from dormancy and release it as the first of two 09’ studio albums on their own label, Spaynsive Productions. Originally recorded and produced by Scott Amore back in 2006, the torch was passed onto Matt Thomas and Bill Readey at Fuzzy Rainbow in New Haven some 3 years later. After a mix and mastering project that took over 2 months of rigorous knob turning; Space Orphans was born...the long awaited sophmore follow-up to their debut LP, My Summer in Paris. Space Orphans consists of lush layers of experimental instrumentation and vocals subtly floating over a vast helping of rock. “It’s as if the band was abandoned on an unknown world with only their instruments to keep themselves occupied“.

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CT Indie

Kimono Draggin'
So, how cool is this: Kimono Draggin' released two albums this year. They just released "Space Orphans," which is way out there, and "We Are the Dudes," which is a little less experimental but is still wicked insanity. For those of you not familiar, they play some really avant-garde stuff. If you're in the mood for some mind-bending, tempo-shifting rock, check them out immediately.

These guys have to be one of the hardest working bands on the East Coast. Seriously, they play a ton of shows, and still have the time to put out two albums! They even have their own label, Spaynsive Productions. Good stuff.

Zappa fans take note - they also did a set of covers: Willie The Pimp and The Torture Never Stops.

Since they are such cool dudes, they've made their entire catalog streamable on bandcamp.
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New Haven Advocate (Brian LaRue)

Ain't No Drag
The men of Kimono Draggin' know how to make an entrance. On its 2003 formation, that meant donning Asian robes onstage in homage to the fictional martial art of Dik Chin. Today, that means emerging from a period of infrequent gigging with two new full-length albums, Space Orphans and We Are the Dudes.
On both discs, the New Haven-area trio's muscular, freewheeling, occasionally spastic, often arty and sometimes perverse rock music is in fine form.
Sonically, there are some differences. Space Orphans features more guest players, denser and weirder clouds of squalling guitars, bits of manipulated sounds. Dudes has a burlier, rougher-and-readier sensibility.
But the differences are superficial: In terms of songwriting, playing and singing, the two new albums sound as though they're built from the same template. That's a testament to how real experimentalism isn't found in recording technique: It's in the notes.
The album's commonalities are more impressive when you consider they were recorded years apart, under very different circumstances. Producer Scott Amore was behind the boards for Space Orphans in '06 and '07, and according to drummer Chris Swirski, the process grew convoluted as tracks piled up and the trio took to recording their parts in piecemeal fashion.
"We just lost touch with each other," Swirski says. "We didn't think we could do anything with [the album]."
They headed to Germany to play the Frank Zappa-centric Zappanale festival, effectively scrapping the sessions.
But, Swirski says, M.T. Bearington singer Matt Thomas had heard the tracks and "didn't want [us] to let it go. Matt called me a number of times and said, 'It'd be stupid if you didn't do anything with this music.'"
Thomas and Bearington guitarist Bill Readey finally mixed and mastered the album earlier this year.
"They had to sift through hundreds and hundreds of tracks to get to the meat of it," Swirski says. "They molded it and gave it a concept."
We Are the Dudes, on the other hand, was recorded this year by Matt Labozza and Kurt D'Aniello, who'd seen the band live and "came out and invited us in on their own time," says Swirski. This time, they tracked the songs live and together in one room at the University of New Haven's recording studio.
"It's mostly first takes," he says.
Album closer "HaShoah Express" was so new, even, that singer/guitarist Joe Nolan showed it to his bandmates in the studio.
"It turned into this insane metal thing," Swirski says. "There's a very serious thing to it -- it's about the Holocaust." Bassist Josh Hatton, whom Swirski calls "very involved in the Jewish community," insisted on singing the lead vocal.
That's a surprisingly serious turn for a band better known for irreverence: Check the goofy "Superjew" on Space Orphans. ("Joe grew up Catholic, I think," says Swirski. "I don't know where his recent fascination with Judaism comes from.") The vocals on both albums are low in the mix, but you can still make out how, amongst other things, Nolan's singing about munging in "I Think I Love You" (Space Orphans), and the chorus of "Here Comes the Fuzz" (We Are the Dudes) sounds an awful lot like "kicked in the balls for all the wrong reasons."
But you'll have to make it out for yourself. Noting that some listeners have taken offense to Nolan's lyrics, Swirski says, laughing, "We're like, 'What the hell! We're never printing a lyric sheet again.'"
This Saturday Kimono Draggin' will be at Café Nine for a two-CD release show. There's a music video for We Are the Dudes track "'Ello Dudes" in the works, and the band's looking to land another Zappanale slot.
"Our only hope," Swirski says, "is to rock everyone's balls off. Even people who don't have balls already."
editor@newhavenadvocate.com

Copyright 2009, New Mass Media. All Rights Reserved.
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New Haven Register (Pat Ferucci)

Space Orphans and We are the Dudes
(Spaynsive Records, www.kimonodraggin.com): While both “Space Orphans” and “We Are The Dudes” came out the same day, the records were actually recorded more than four years apart. The New Haven-based trio Kimono Draggin’ went into the recording studio at the University of New Haven in July of 2009 and jammed out “We Are The Dudes” in a matter of days, capturing the entire disc live. But “Space Orphans” actually got made back in 2005; after a strenuous mastering process, the guys put the disc on the shelf until M.T. Bearington members Matt Thomas and Bill Readey completed it earlier this year.

Stylistically, the records are very similar, both capturing the proggy pysch rock that’s made Kimono a local favorite since 2003. The differences come in the subtleties. “Space Orphans” features a large ensemble backing up the trio of Joe Nolan, Josh Hatton and Chris Swirski. There’s a robust group of complementary musicians that add horns, piano, keys and more. “Dudes” is more of a streamlined affair, a disc that aims to capture the band’s live show on record. Both work very well. And, at their core, both albums show off the band’s penchant for creating powerful songs that swing when you think they may sway and bob when you expect a weave. Behind all the sometimes humorous lyrics and tongue-in-cheek instrumentation, Kimono Draggin’ has made two very, very good albums.

Patrick Ferrucci can be reached at pferrucci@nhregister.com or 203-789-5678.
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United Mutations (Peter Van Laarhoven)

Space Orphans
The year was 2007, and Kimono Draggin' kicked ass at the Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany. Joe Nolan, Joshua Hatton and Chris Swirski showed us what an energetic gig is all about.

We're 2009 now and the Tremendous Trio is all ready to take another go at the old continent.
"Space Orphans" shows that the band has evolved quite a lot the last couple of years. The power and the Beefheart approach are still there, but it's all more balanced.
I really like this.
I played "Space Orphans", and for one reason or another, it made me go search for Pere Ubu's "Dub Housing" album. So I played "Dub Housing", and now I'm back to "Space Orphans".

If you're into experimental, avant-garde rock music, Kimono Draggin's "Space Orphins" will be right up your alley.
Highly recommended! (Did I tell you that they're on my Zappanale wish-list ?)
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Verbicide (Craig Gilbert)

Space Orphans
It seems that these three guys with a bend towards pop culture love Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), surreal compositions, and herky-jerky rock fun, recorded a slew of tunes (10 to be exact) and then nothing, nada, zip.

So, three years later (i.e., now), the recordings get remixed and remastered and polished up. So this is a new record that’s three years old. And it’s so wonderfully odd…so beautifully un-mainstream…so not what most of your friends are pumped up about, dude. While the rest of humanity is figuring out a way to be the next band to sound like the 34th generation of watered down pablum that crimes Dave Matthews, Shinedown, Hatebreed, Sabbath, Rush, or who-the-fuck-ever, these cats plainly don’t give a toss and are letting the shit just flow out of ‘em; be it rock (“Pain Train”) or pop tunes (“My Music/Foxy Joey”).

Good and innovative. Big score.

(Spaynsive Productions, 98 Sugarbush Drive, Guilford, CT 06437)
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