The New Kinetics came out swinging at Sunday’s album release show. The performance was a victory lap for the band, which recorded the new record, In Stereo, with John Vanderslice following a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign.
The local rockers swung for the fences with “Lust or Bust,” “F-Bomb,” and the haunting “Reverie,” demonstrating yet again why they’re one of San Diego’s most exciting bands. And, in what’s become a tradition for The New Kinetics, they threw in a classic rock cover too — this time in the form of Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown.”
Dirty Sirens got the night started with a crackling, sexually charged set of blues-inspired rock. The band is still relatively new, but that didn’t stop singer Monterey Salka from strutting around the stage with the libidinous swagger of a female Jim Morrison. For her part, co-siren Christy Hüber played blistering riffs on guitar and provided pitch-perfect harmonies. Perhaps taking a cue from The New Kinetics, Dirty Sirens offered up a classic rock cover of their own in the form of a dark, heavy take on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”
Between sets, DJ Diana Death spun some excellent old style vinyl tracks — including a Spanish version of “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” — which only added to the evening’s retro-reverent feel.
Photos – The New Kinetics at The Casbah
Photos – Dirty Sirens at The Casbah