Kindler Announces Hiatus

PEOPLE OF EARTH

After over three amazing years of writing, recording, touring, videoing, Waffle-House-ing, and dealing with hyper-drive malfunctions, we have decided that it's time to step back and take a break from writing and performing. Of course, sometimes these sorts of announcements follow dramatic life events or lineup changes. Unfortunately, our causes are far less entertaining, but still remain valid and, we feel, must be acted on.

Kindler, if anything, has always been a band committed to excellence. That is certainly not to say that everything we've done has been incredible, rather, that we've aspired to a spirit of excellence. Anyone who hangs around us while we create art will know that we take what we do very seriously and try to hold ourselves accountable to high standards of artistic integrity.

Coming off of the release Cosmic Revelations, the "normal" path would have been for us to tour and promote the album heavily over the summer of 2016. After realizing that this would not be possible for us (given work schedules), we changed directions and embarked on a new creative project. As fate would have it, our new project became quickly burdened by a collective lack of musical inspiration.

At the risk of sounding arrogant, it seems safe to say that we will not, under any circumstances, release music to our fans that we do not feel is the very best representation of ourselves at the time. Music is too important to be half-written or performed. It is, indeed, a gift from beyond the stars. As such, we feel it necessary to step away from this project until we feel fully able to channel our creative energy into music that we feel fantastic about, that is hopefully worth our fans' time and hard-earned money.

We would be remiss to not mention the wonderful friends, family, and fans who have helped us come as far as we have. THANK YOU!!! Also, we aren't disappearing. We're always available via email if you'd like to chat with us! We'll continue to work on other projects as well. Cameron has begun releasing solo material under the name Traveler and the Wiley brothers have begun work on a new project as well. 

Until our next transmission, we'd like to leave you with a gift - a previously un-released, acoustic version of The Savior, The Saint. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy sharing our art and passion with you all.

 
 

EMBRACE THE SPACE

"Cosmic Revelations" Album Release Concert Details

North Carolina progressive rock band Kindler is proud to partner with The Crown at the Carolina and the Greensboro Urban Ministry to celebrate the release of their brand new, full-length album Cosmic Revelations. Kindler will perform favorite selections from the album and will be joined by fellow NC rock bands Bare the Traveler and Stellar Circuits, as well as NC filmmaker Jack Pennington, whose short films will be featured throughout the evening.

Attendees are encouraged to bring pre-packaged food for donation to the Greensboro Urban Ministry food bank. Kindler will honor $1.00 per package of food donated as a discount towards the purchase of merchandise. A list of accepted foodstuffs can be found here.

Tickets are $8 advance / $10 at the door. All ages welcome. Advance tickets may be purchased directly from Carolina Theatre here.

 

Kindler Announce New Album "Cosmic Revelations"

In a world as transient as music, the Asheboro, NC group Kindler focus on the creation of lasting moments with their rock, experimental, and progressive songs. Consisting of brothers Nick and Stephen Wiley (formerly of Wake of Redemption) and Cameron Fitzpatrick (of TITAN, We Are Masked) they came together with a desire to create something powerful.

Today, Kindler is thrilled to unveil their brand new album, Cosmic Revelations, which will be released on March 11, 2016. Coming off their successful EP, Afterglow, the threesome are ready to make the next step as a band. Similar to Afterglow, Kindler have self-engineered their forthcoming record which was recorded at The Fidelitorium, mixed at The Forest Moon of Endor and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain. The band’s bassist, Cameron Fitzpatrick engineered and mixed all eleven tracks. He expands:

“While we self-engineered both Cosmic Revelations and our EP, Afterglow, this album comes from a slightly different place than the EP. When we recorded Afterglow, we had a lot of concrete ideas about our music and our identity as a band and the material reflected that certainly. The music on the album, Cosmic Revelations, however, is punctuated by what we can an ‘ominous question mark.’ Things change, life is unpredictable, and very little remains certain, and these themes are present in nearly every song on the album.”

With their forthcoming release, fans can expect a sound entirely of their own, they 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. Their efforts have produced songs that are timeless pieces, both intellectual and emotional, accessible and complex, grandiose and personal. Fans can be on the lookout for a single soon!

Introducing: The Basement Sessions

At Long Last

It's here! We've finally gotten everything in-place to launch our new video series: The Basement Sessions. Our first video, Remembrance, has already received over 3300 plays in its first two weeks on the air on YouTube. Watch it below, and read on for some details:

The Skinny

For those interested in this kind of thing, we'll keep it short:

Video

  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D5100
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Audio

  • Presonus Firestudio Interfaces
  • ProTools 9
  • Mics by Audio-Technica, Rode, Shure, & Sennheiser

Where We're Headed & What We're Up To

Status Update

So, it's been a while... Since our last post, we've released a music video, done some touring, and recorded a new (crowd-funded) album! As you can imagine, we've recently come out of all that facing a bit of exhaustion. As such, we've taken some time for reflection and planning as we move into the next phase of our journey.

Where We're At

Thus far in 2014, we've:

  • Released "Shifting Ground" - our debut music video. It currently sits at over 8600 views on YouTube. Thanks for your support!
  • Toured all of North Carolina. Multiple times. Met some great people & played with some great bands.
  • Opened for Balance & Composure, The Reign of Kindo, Tides of Man, Blameshift, & Virgil Donati
  • Recorded our first full-length album!

What We're Doing

We've had a blast playing out a lot for the past year and have learned some things along the way - like where the best post-show Waffle Houses are, how to leave your pedal bag in a grubby venue, and how many MPG a truck loses after you attach a trailer to it. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with all of that that, we came to the decision lately that it is time to introduce some variety into our creative output. We want to refocus Kindler, at least for the time being, into an entity that is primarily driven by creation.

In light of that, we're taking the month of October off of touring to craft and introduce our next endeavor - a series of live, on-location, YouTube videos featuring our original music, collaborations with other artists(!) and, perhaps, some covers that make us happy. :-) We can't wait to show you what we have in-store! In fact, go ahead and prepare by subscribing to our YouTube channel here.

Where We're Going

We're looking to finish 2014 with a bang. Our first multi-state tour is in the process of being booked as we speak (taking place in November!)

Oh, and what's this about an album??? We've been pretty hush-hush about it but, rest assured, it is finished! We're currently in the process of getting artwork and working out the details of how it will be released, but it is on the way! 

Lastly, we've recently become profoundly aware of just how few of our updates you receive via social media. As such, we're taking it back a few years and are moving to an email-based flow of information for our fans. If you haven't yet, sign up for our mailing list below and be on the lookout for updates!

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"Shifting Ground" - Official Music Video Premiere - April 25, 2014

Unite! Rejoice! At long last Kindler will be releasing our debut music video "Shifting Ground." We wanted to provide a one-stop location for all the details, so here you have them:

Director: Jack Pennington

Cinematographer: Henry Ceiro

Actress: Alex Elliott

Press Release


North Carolina Rock Band Partners With Charity To Release Music Video

Triad, NC -- North Carolina experimental rock band KINDLER is set to release their debut music video "Shifting Ground" at a live premiere event with a concert to follow immediately after. The event will be held at 8:30pm on the evening of Friday, April 25th at The Music Loft, located at 929 N. Church St. in Greensboro, NC. A $5.00 cover charge will be requested at the door with the majority of proceeds going to charity. Paralleling the live premiere will be an online release slated for simultaneous availability via YouTube.com during the live premiere.

"Shifting Ground," the first track from KINDLER's 2013 debut EP "Afterglow," features a strong message of triumph over traumatic past events and its video incarnation was brought to life by director Jack Pennington (Winston-Salem, NC,) videographer Henry Ceiro (Asheboro, NC,) and actress Alex Elliott (Wilmington, NC.) Upon discovering the video's potential positive impact, the band formed an associative partnership the Randolph County Family Crisis Center (local charity) to provide a catalyst for some their promotional efforts during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April.)

Through the FCC, "Shifting Ground" has garnered the attention of charitable organizations from surround areas, including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Wellness Center. Though the FCC will likely be the only charity with physical representation at the live premiere, KINDLER looks forward to the potential social impact and added legitimacy of partnering with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and other university wellness programs and charitable organizations.

KINDLER's debut music video "Shifting Ground" will premiere live and via YouTube.com on April 25, 2014 during a concert event at The Music Loft, located at 929 N. Church St. in Greensboro, NC. A $5 cover charge will be requested.

KINDLER is an experimental rock trio consisting of Cameron Fitzpatrick (lead vocals, bass guitar) and brothers Nick Wiley (guitar, vocals) and Stephen Wiley (drums, vocals.) Their positively-reviewed debut EP "Afterglow" is available online via a donation-based payment campaign. KINDLER can be reached via email at kindlerband@gmail.com.

Afterglow Album Review: Lady Obscure Magazine

This weekend we caught wind of another review of Afterglow, this time hailing from Turkey! The kind folks over at Lady Obscure Magazine had some wonderful things to say, including:

I always appreciate music where every note, inflection, tone, whisper, effect, only adds to the overall effect, and Kindler does this with aplomb and grace. You can literally hear the brush strokes as they paint their music in the air around, and the overall portrait screams of a band with a tremendous future ahead of them.

We'd like to give a special shout-out to RJ Dunn for penning this review. We look forward to sending you our next release! Head over here for the full review.

Follow @TheLadyObscure and @RJD_lonestar on Twitter.

Concert Review: Cryptic Rock

We just caught wind that the good people at Cryptic Rock were at our recent show with Blameshift at The Rock Shop in Fayetteville, NC. They just put out this review of the concert and we thought we'd share what they had to say about us. Click here for the full article:

The rock band Kindler from Greensboro, NC was next and they provided a powerful punch of energy while on stage.  They possessed the type of stage presence not many local acts have mastered.  Each song brought its own unique emotion and the band certainly proved to the audience that they deserve to be heard by all, and perhaps have what it takes to reach beyond the local scene.

To Our Loyal, Adoring Fans

A "Thank You" is in order

We would like to take a moment here at the end of the year to say "THANK YOU" from the bottom of our hearts. And, by "you," we mean every single one of you who has ever come to a show, hit "like" on our Facebook page, listened to our music, hated us, loved us, read a review of us, or thought about us. You know who you are. Furthermore, we want to thank those among you who come out time after time - there are some of you who have been one of the four people still left at a venue when we've closed a night out. And, for that, we will never be able to repay you. Believe us, as torturous as it is to play a show in front of four people, we know it can't be much better to be one of those four people we're playing to. Go ahead and give yourselves a pat on the back and know that we love you with everything in our bones. You feed us, you keep us coming back for more, you keep us practiced up, you put new gear in our stockings, and we can't wait to take that energy you've given us and go for broke next year.

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What's next for Kindler?

2014 is going to be the year that Kindler pulls out all the stops. We are broadening our live performance scope dramatically, we're writing tons of new material, and we'll be making an effort to substantially increase other content from the band (merch, social media updates, blog entries, videos, etc.)  You can expect the following from us next year:

  • A minimum of four live performances per month (we've already met our quota for January and are well on our way to booking February as well!)
  • Out-of-state tours (starting with Tennessee - coming up late February/early March)
  • A new recording
  • Some all-acoustic shows (Stephen got a cajón!)
  • VIDEOS
  • More merch! T-shirts just arrived and we've got more in the works!
  • More frequent updates (social media, blog, etc.)

What can you do?

Well, to get started, go ahead and plug yourself into everything we've got available right now. If you haven't yet, like our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned to those - we'll soon have our online merch store up and running. Keep an eye on our Tour page for upcoming performances - you'll find the most accurate and up-to-date information there.

Afterglow Album Review: Powerplay Magazine (UK)

Hi folks! We just received word that a printed review of Afterglow is due for release in the Dec 2013/Jan 2014 release of Powerplay Magazine over in ye olde United Kingdom. Since the magazine likely won't be easy to grab in the US, we've copied their review here. Thanks so much for the kind words!

"Afterglow" is the debut EP from American rockers Kindler. Brothers Nick and Stephen Wiley have been joined by Cameron Fitzpatrick and David Hill to form a quartet with massive ambition if the music on this release is anything to go by. The five tracks that make up this EP are very challenging and yet, at the same time, immediately enjoyable.

Comparisons will likely be made between Kindler and the likes of Fair To Midland and Mastodon, although to be fair, Kindler don't sound anything like clones of either. In actual fact, whilst the approach is similar in that the music is both melodic and technically complex, that's really about it. If we're going down the comparison route, there's merit in suggesting that the rhythms are not overly dissimilar to Tool and the organic feel is reminiscent of Coheed And Cambria. However, in truth, the material on this release calls to mind a myriad of different bands with all the ingredients blended together to create an interesting and intriguing modern alternative and progressive heavy rock sound. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, then get your lugholes around "Afterglow," because you're unlikely to regret it.

POWERPOINTS: 7/7

Afterglow Album Review: The Equal Ground

Right after our EP released, a writer for The Equal Ground discovered our music via our Bandcamp page. He fired off an email to us suggesting that we submit Afterglow for review and, so, that's exactly what we did. Here we are a few weeks later and their full review has dropped, complete with some wonderfully quote-worthy observations, such as:

“Open Air” has some of the best metal guitar riffs this side of Megadeth as they drive the song into oblivion.

and

Within the first moments the band is flexing their muscles...

Of course, we know that Stephen was the only one who actually flexed muscles during the recording process. Nonetheless, we're very grateful for the kind words and look forward to keeping up with The Equal Ground - these guys seriously pump out a lot of reviews!

Most importantly, if you want to check out the full review, head over here and be sure to leave some comments! 

Author: Nick Wiley

Post-recording debrief

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The four of us in Kindler have a taste for certain things. One of those things is a good vintage sounding recording. 

Now that is not to say we don’t enjoy modern recordings too. Two of my favorite sounding albums are Sound Awake by Karnivool, and L’Enfant Suavage by Gojira, both of which are examples of just how good new recording techniques can sound. But the way bands now are revitalizing the old school approach to rock records is really inspiring.

We recorded our EP, “Afterglow”, ourselves. It was tracked in the Fidelitorium, Mitch Easter’s home studio, who is known for his work with R.E.M. and Pavement, among others. The studio is filled with both fantastic modern equipment and rare vintage gems. In other words, it is perfect for Kindler.

Inspiration

During the recording process, we were particularly influenced by Alan Parson’s work - alongside Steven Wilson - on The Raven That Refused to Sing, as well as Brendan O’Brien’s work on Mastodon’s Crack the Skye. Both of those albums are very recent, having come out in the last five years, (Raven came out in 2013, Crack the Skye in 2009) but they have a sound that is more representative of 70’s prog rock than modern heavy music. However, both of these albums also modernized the vintage approach in many ways and the result paid homage to times past while continuing to move forward.

Analog tracking // Digital mixing

We made use of the combination of new and old in the Fidelitorium to try and create a blend of sounds from yesterday and today that satisfied our creative leanings. We tracked into an analog ABE console from the 60s/70s running through old Neumann microphones, Pultec EQ’s and DBX compressors, but used Protools as the recording medium instead of analog tape. About two weeks later, we mixed the album at Trailblazer Studios, utilizing mostly in-the-box techniques and software.

In the end, “Afterglow” represents both our taste for modern music making and vintage recording. We think, and certainly hope you agree, that the combination is something worth listening to!

Author: Cameron Fitzpatrick