Next of Kin

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Next of Kin

It would be hard to imagine too many people who haven’t heard of The Kin. If you haven’t, well, you’re about to go on a two-minute date with them. The band is the talents of Australian-raised brothers Isaac (vocals, keys) and Thorald Koren (vocals, guitar, keys) along with the powerhouse US-born drummer known as ‘Shakerleg’. Their musical adventure began when the trio took to the stage of Katz’s Delicatessen, a mainstay of New York City’s Lower East Side. Since that little night, the “danger-pop” sound of the band has won favour with those including Pink, who snapped up the lads for tours of Australia and the US. They are also known for their “musical robberies”, in which they choose a random spot to kick out their jams. These musical robberies have taken place at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Soho House and Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in Los Angeles. Also, a French airport – because, why not? US reviews include nice little nuggets like this: “Besides their flash mob-style impromptu concerts, the band has a drummer, known only as Shakerleg, who plays the drums with his bare hands. The band has a unique vibe, and they have an incredibly tight sound on stage.” Beav’s Bar, Geelong – October 24.