Kirra – Run Away

Kirra Run Away

According to Kirra guitarist Daxton Page, the band “wanted to make a statement about overproduction in the rock world today,” with the debut album Run Away. After listening to the album, I can say without a doubt that this music doesn’t sound like it came from a present-day rock band, but Kirra has captured a sound more like the Grunge and post Grunge rockers of several years prior. The group is currently touring nationally to promote Run Away.

There is a raw and honest sound to the record. Although, the opening song, Tappy Gilmore does not give off an accurate first impression of this rawness. The intro riff is exceedingly digital sounding to the point that it took a moment to realize that the instrument being played at the start is a guitar. This doesn’t last long; by the time the vocals kick in at the verse, this brief moment of electronica is replaced with straightforward hard rock. There’s a distinctly Grunge element to the vocals. Lead singer Jesse Williamson has a rasp to his voice analogous to Wes Scantlin of the post Grunge act, Puddle of Mudd.

The bass line in Fly will give your ears a beating. The song begins with a dark undertone but this changes with an emotionally lifting chorus. The song balances nicely between catchy melodies and unforgiving heaviness. The video for Fly is as dark as the song, featuring imagery pertaining to such issues as alcohol abuse and suicide.

Things remain heavy for the next couple of tracks until Run Away. This song has certain pop-like qualities to it; this could be a single if not already. The guitar chimes in gently in the intro and the guitarist uses a clean channel during the verse; no heavy distortion is used until the chorus. It’s difficult to not think of Nirvana when hearing this mixture of pop and rock.

Chemicals may be the most impressive song on the album, instrumentally speaking. Without warning, the rhythm speeds up at about 49 seconds in and the group breaks away into another musical direction, but soon the tempo slows again. These sporadic jam sections occur more than once throughout the tune. The section from 2:16 to 3:08 is as straight up metal as it gets on this album.

According to the band bio, Drown is the first song the band wrote. It’s also featured on the previously released EP, Sounds from an Empty Room. This one has a funk groove, which allows it to stand out among the other songs. For this to be the earliest song, it’s also one of the most experimental. Even a hint of piano work is heard at close to the three-minute mark.

Stay is, in my opinion, the most unique song on Run Away. The verse has a reggae rock feel to it which is rather calming. Although, Stay has its heavy moments like all of the songs on this record, it’s a great deal more relaxed than what’s typical of the group and it clues you in on how much range these guys are capable of covering.

This is a young band with loads of talent and what looks to be a promising future ahead. Run Away is only the first album and with that in mind I can honestly say that it’s good to know that there are still young bands out there taking influence from more traditional styles of hard rock.

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