Review: Kidneythieves – The Mend

“Make your mind up if you want to do something.”

I distinctly remember the moment when I was introduced to Kidneythieves. A friend knew I was a fan of Snake River Conspiracy (aka SRC) at the time (a little embarrassed to be admitting that publicly now) and I remember his recommendation was “Kidneythieves is like SRC, but good.” He was right. You may remember their song “Before I’m Dead” in that godawful Queen of the Damned movie, but if that is all you know of them, you are really missing out. Kidneythieves is highly underrated, with a sound that is as sexy as it is industrial and accessible.

Over a year or two my best friend and I would obsess over Kidneythieves and blast their CDs in my car as we chainsmoked and sang along to the powerful yet feminine lyrics. I remember that time very fondly so when I heard Kidney Thieves was releasing a new album, I had to check it out.

“The Mend” was released September 13, 2016 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album gives Kidneythieves fans what they loved about them in 2002, but is seemingly more optimistic. This is a little surprising because you’d expect an album with a theme like “the current state of the world, the broken systems around us that we need to fix” to be dark and brooding.

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Vocalist Free Dominguez’s voice is as beautiful and sensual as always, but I can’t help but miss the edge that Kidneythieves had on songs like “Pleasant” and “Taxicab Messiah” though you can catch a little glimpse of it in “Fist Up”.  In fact, this may actually fall under more of an “electronic” category than their prior more “industrial” albums. Nonetheless, The Mend is definitely worth a look especially for fans like myself.

The Mend is available now . If you haven’t heard any of their prior albums, do yourself a favor and pick up “Zerospace” and “Trickster” too.

 

Megan Hawkey is the co-founder of Riot-Nerd. She is a 34-year-old concert photographer. She lives in Fishtown with her supportive husband and their 2 rescued Pitbull mixes.
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