We knew The Kin penned flawless music fit for sweet Manhattan spring evenings. And with droves of dizzy devotees queuing down Delancey for the duo's show at The Bowery Ballroom, apparently the rest of New York City did as well. It's a good thing though. With the help of cathartic chords, balmy electric piano, and honeyed harmonies, Aussie born brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren squeeze drop after drop of sentiment and romance from emotionally waterlogged songs.
Joined for this sold out performance on stage by Shakerleg - a finger snapping, bull of a percussionist - and both a black clad violinist and cellist, the brother's dewy-eyed song craft takes on a contrasting life of it's own as it is set to rough and tumble cadences and orchestral finish and flourish. - David Pitz
The Kin is a partnership of two brothers from the small town of Adelaide, Australia, who have found their way to New York. They drive around in a 1977 VW bus, known as 'Daisy' that has no heat. They have Scottish blood and play to a highland marching style of rhythms. Thorry plays the guitar with a knee-jerk drive that forms the backbone of the music, while Isaac lays down swirling dynamics with a Rhodes piano. Their voices are compelling individually; Thorry hits the angelic high notes and gravelly low notes, while Isaac croons softly one moment, then sings out like a town crier. But you don't fully understand The Kin until you hear them sing together. They start out in unison, trade off leads and slam into bracing harmonies. They change the subject when you talk of style and influences, then talk your ear off about their musical heroes. - www.thekin.com