As their name would suggest, Kindler is a band concerned with creation. In a world as transient as music they focus on the creation of lasting moments. Their efforts have produced songs that are timeless pieces, both intellectual and emotional, accessible and complex, grandiose and personal. Brothers Nick and Stephen Wiley (formerly of Wake of Redemption), along with Cameron Fitzpatrick (of TITAN, We Are Masked) came together with a desire to create something powerful, and were not disappointed with the results. The band has a sound entirely of their own, but pay homage to the symphonic ambition in YES, emotional release of ISIS, raw power of Mastodon, rhythmic complexity of TOOL, melodicism of Fair To Midland and Karnivool, and the intensity and tonal experimentation of Opeth.
The band stepped into the studio and recorded their EP, “Afterglow”, themselves, at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Recordings (R.E.M., Pavement, Ben Folds Five) in Kernersville, NC. The decision to self-produce and engineer the EP was one based on artistic integrity. Every aspect of the creative and recording processes were overseen and executed by members of the band.
Kindler feels this attention to detail and craft will only add to the impact their music gives. When recorded, this gives each song a feeling of total completion, that nothing has been left out, and nothing could have been different. Eager to begin building their fan-base, the band self-released “Afterglow” in August of 2013, showing the world exactly how powerful their music is and offering a taste of what happens when three musicians put everything they have aside for the purposes of making and sharing music. “The one thing we want more than anything is to bring our music to people who want to hear it”, Fitzpatrick says.
Kindler are believers in the power of performance to create moments that are larger than life and pour all of themselves into their shows in pursuit of that endeavor. Every performance is treated like the most important moment of their careers as they believe the audience deserves nothing less. The same can be said of their songwriting. Nick Wiley says: “We believe we have to give 100% at all times, whether we are performing, writing, or rehearsing,” and his brother agrees. “We are always giving our all. You have to as a band. There is no other way to be,” says Stephen.
Currently, the band is touring the southeastern United States in support of their debut recording. So far, the band’s tireless pursuit of excellence seems to be paying off. Recognizing recent shifts in the way people listen to and distribute music, the band’s pay-what-you-want pricing strategy has, to date, resulted in zero negative comments or reviews and physical copies are flying out of their hands as fast as the band can get them. Most recently, the band released their debut music video, "Shifting Ground," in honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, through partnerships with several local charities. In addition, the band has significantly ramped up their live performance schedule and just finished recording their sophomore full-length release following a successful IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. As they plan the release of their second album, it's hard to envision anything other than a bright future for these three musicians.
Former members: David Hill (guitar, May 2013 - December 2013)
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*with previous projects