Kino Kimino has an ever-changing line-up, but currently looks like one of a number post-Sonic Youth projects: it currently features both Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, although the dominant role is female, in the form of the cool Kim Talon. Bait Is For Sissies is a good slab of post-punk, released on the My Favourite Chords label.
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The main selling point here is the inclusion of two grizzled Sonic Youth veterans in Lee Ranaldo and former milky bar kid Steve Shelley but it's really all about singer songwriter the improbably named Kim Talon.
The album is a quirky mix of oddball grunge pop songs with strange lyrics. For example, the opening 'Passion' has a chorus which seems to go "passion is a mashed potato". Musically what you are getting is a kind of lesser the Breeders/the Amps. Talon's voice certainly has something of the Deal graininess about it. The music is clattering post grunge pop which on 'Blood Bath' has the kind of skewered guitars that could only come from former members of Sonic Youth. It's this musicianship that elevates the album from just being a typical noise pop record.
Talon swoops and shrieks throughout - coming across like a grunge Kate Bush on 'Loincloth' and sometimes I'm reminded of a lo-fi Alanis Morissette. The album doesn't quite always hit the spot but when it does as on 'Chalk Like' it is going to be heaven for fans of the brand of angular oddball indie bands that were everywhere in about 1994.
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