On Tuesday Kalen & The Sky Thieves (http://www.kalenmusic.com/) released their new album, Bluebird. I’ve listened to it several times through prior to the release up to today, and I urge you to go and listen to it from start to finish, and find yourself on a moody rock journey that will make you a better person. Kalen Lister’s voice alone makes it an amazing album, but the song composition, musicianship and production quality put this album in another echelon right away. Plus, it will make you want to get up and dance right from first listen, if you’re not one of those self-conscious types, ya dig?
The best part is that two weeks ago, I had no idea about Kalen & The Sky Thieves. One of the things that I love about my job as a music publicist is finding myself at cool events due to dumb luck, which in this instance was an invitation from a fellow panelist at a local university career seminar. Elisa, the general manager of RAW Baltimore suggested that I come see what their bi-monthly showcase events were all about.
In short, it’s artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians… If you’re a creative sort, you’ve got a place at a RAW Showcase. With no idea of what to expect, I sat down in the music room, where Kalen & The Sky Thieves were about to come on stage. They cooly came on and broke right into a bright and savory song, though I can’t fein to remember their setlist, just hearing them for the first time that very evening. At some point in their second song I started to feel like I was sitting through a nearly private performance for a band that was about to break out in a big way–the kind of thing that doesn’t happen too often.
Their set consisted of a collection of songs that established something rare these days: a true rock sound. After happily taking in their entire set, I felt that there was something about them, the “it”, or “the oooh” as one friend of mine likes to say. After meeting each member after the show, that feeling was reinforced by how sincere they were, and their excitement level after playing a relatively quick set that certainly blew a few more minds that just my own.
Enough, go drench yourself in some rock bliss and listen to their new LP Bluebird. And catch them on tour if can; I’ll be doing just that the next time they’re in my neck of the woods, which I hope is sooner than later. Once you’ve fallen in love, you can get the album from iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bluebird/id919695837
Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kalenandtheskythieves