The Reign of Kindo’s music is among the most sophisticated in all of modern pop. Starting with strong, melodically detailed songs, the band constructs elegant sonic temples around these initial ideas, with brave, detailed harmonies, propulsive grooves, and detailed orchestrations commingling to form a sound that demands to be referred to as epic.
Fans of newer post-jazz outfits like Snarky Puppy and Jaga Jazzist are likely to find the Reign of Kindo’s harmonically adventurous music somewhat familiar and comforting, for the sense of jumping across heretofore closely guarded musically border lines is readily apparent in common to all three bands.
Formed in Buffalo the better part of a decade back, the Reign of Kindo has gained a cult-level success over the years, and has by this point become a go-to band for erudite and sophisticated listeners looking for the fearless creativity of classic prog-rock minus the lengthy instrumental solos and art-for-art’s-sake mentality. Though the band’s music is decidedly complex, ROK is at heart a pop band – one unafraid to embrace hooks, though it must be said that the band’s songs boast more hooks in one single multipart composition than most of its peers would find difficult to gather across the span of an entire album.
Elements of jazz-rock, indie, pop, progressive rock and classical music commingle here at will, and yet it all ends up sounding distinctive, fat-free and eminently crafted. The Buffalo band, now signed to indie label Candyrat records, doesn’t play its hometown too often, so a homecoming show Nov. 5 in the newly opened Studio @ the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) will offer area fans the rare opportunity to hear material from the band’s most recent effort, “Play With Fire,” in the concert setting.
The Reign of Kindo will be joined by Buffalo-born indie-pop sibling act the Doyle Brothers, and Matthew Santos, the indie-rock singer and songwriter best known for his collaborations with progressive hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the all-ages show. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door (box office, Ticketfly.com).
– Jeff Miers