Concert preview: Kino Kimino's Kim Talon makes glorious noise with an assist from Sonic Youth
The songs on Kino Kimino's debut long-player,Bait Is for Sissies, might have originated as solo home recordings, but singer and guitarist Kim Talon always knew they were meant to exist in brasher, fuller form.
"I want everything I do to be a full-band project; I never have been interested in playing shows on my own," said Talon, who brings the newborn quartet to Spacebar for a concert on Friday, July 1. "I like noise and dissonance. I certainly noticed I have a higher threshold for those kinds of things than most people. I think something sounds beautiful and full when other people think it sounds noisy and harsh."
Fortunately, Talon and producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.) were able to recruit a couple musicians who know a thing or two about making artful noise rock: guitarist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley, both formerly of Sonic Youth (the pair appear on the recording but are not touring with the band).
"Long story short, my producer, John Agnello, sent [Ranaldo and Shelley] my bedroom demos to see if they liked them and wanted to be part of this record, and much to my surprise they did," said Talon, formerly of Eagle & Talon and Jan. "Our first day in the studio … I felt like I was underwater. I was just feeling like, 'What am I doing here? How did I get here?'
"I'm a pretty normal person from Winnipeg, and for me to be recording [at Sonic Youth's Echo Canyon West studio in Hoboken, New Jersey] with people I've seen play huge concerts over the years was just kind of surreal for me."
Though Talon repeatedly described recording sessions as "dreamlike," the music onBait Is for Sissies is largely sleepless, built on jagged guitar squalls and rumbling drums that mirror the restless state of mind the singer found herself in during initial album writing sessions.
"I was in a relationship where I felt something was wrong but I couldn't put my finger on it," said Talon, who later learned her then-partner had kept their true sexual orientation a secret. "A lot of the record, listening back, I see myself playing detective and not being able to figure out what the fuck is going on. It's interesting now listening to it lyrically, and obviously the music is what it is: volatile and all those things."
Of course, there are occasional moments of serenity amid the chaos, particularly on the sweet, stripped-down "Grapes," which falls near the close of the album and serves as a signal of better times to come.
"'Grapes' came at the end of that journey, and I wrote that song about my current partner, who is the love of my life," Talon said. "That is my conclusion, and hopefully it will continue to be my conclusion."
9 p.m. Friday, July 1
2590 N. High St., Old North
ALSO PLAYING: Fizzed, Young Addults