The Kinky Fingers – Garbage Plate [R&B/Rock/Soul]

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If you haven’t had the good fortune to have ever lived in or visited the underrated city of Rochester, NY, at some point in your life, the garbage plate is a notorious dish that consists of an intimidating mound of macaroni salad and hash browns with two cheeseburgers (or hot dogs) and diced onions—all smothered in a murky (and weirdly sweet) hot sauce.

Sure, it sounds like an unholy union of disparate flavors, but it strangely works. Much like this formidable meal, The Kinky Fingers’ latest album is a mishmash of various styles and musical influences that somehow all blend together beautifully.

All across the album, the band combines elements of surf rock, soul and R&B with the odd, occasional psychedelic flourishes. The mixing of these particular styles of course makes for a highly danceable, uplifting listen.

Even the slower moments of the record, like the poignant “Prove It,” are moving experiences, in more ways than one. Seriously, you can put any these tracks on, and your day will instantly start to improve.

Despite being recorded in the upstate NY home of the mighty plate, the record positively glows with a sunny, Californian beach-vibe. Songs like “Yeha Noha” and “No Ghost” instantly bring to mind images of laid-back, summer seaside parties. After the winter that this reviewer just had, the feel of Garbage Plate is a total godsend.

Sounding somewhere between the soulful roots-pop of The Alabama Shakes and surf-garage groups like The Memories and The Growlers, The Kinky Fingers’ latest is a deeply fun, energetic record that just never lets up.

-KH

 

 

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