We’re so pleased to be releasing Kane Strang‘s sophomore LP, Two Hearts and No Brain, out into the world today! A razor sharp LP blended with intelligent alt-rock and bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks, we can’t wait for you to dive on in.
The New Zealand native’s attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Strang’s contemporaries, yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath. With a live show that exhibits Strang’s unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane Strang’s amassed band of cohorts execute his vision with arresting impact, charming crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.
A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s songs are constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world’s best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist’s glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and 90s alt-rock shine through; but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now. Hailed as “the next Stephen Malkmus,” by The Revue, Strang’s on the brink of becoming indie-rock’s intelligent poster boy – “The young man is that talented.”
“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork
“a nice dose of downer pop” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Robust and refined” – Tiny Mix Tapes