Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Spotify's "Discover Weekly" has done it again. They just get me and my love of indie music, Hipsters. This week, "Discover Weekly" recommended an indie band from Boone, North Carolina, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS). The name is confusing at first, sure, but the most wonderful "surprise" about RKS is how incredibly good they are. 
Photo via RKS Instagram
RKS reminds me of Kings of Leon, especially from KoL's older albums. The RKS guitars have a retro sound, the drums are clear and heavy, and lead singer Sam Melo's voice is raw and bursting with emotion. Unlike KoL, though, I feel like RKS is more consistent in their sound. Their songs aren't repetitive and indistinguishable from one another, but the vibe that RKS wants to convey is present in each song. They've done their homework, they've refined their sound, and it works so very well for them. 


Both of RKS's albums are solid, but their sophomore album, "RKS" is the stronger of the two in my opinion (and it was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign!).  Lyrically, the whole album is fairly grave in content, ranging from some pretty serious drug and alcohol consumption, to wishing your ex's new baby was also your baby, to placing your love and trust in someone you won't let you in. The instrumentals are raucus, and they initially mask how sad the lyrics actually are until you sit down and give the album a deep listen. My favorite songs from "RKS" that I would highly recommend are "Counting Cards," "Bare Bones," "Wasted," and "Cocaine Jesus." Some notable mentions from their freshman album, "Seven + Mary" that you should also check out are "Seven," "First Class," and "Devil Like Me." 


Trust me when I say that you will not regret giving RKS a listen. Everyone I've recommended them to thus far has loved them, and I trust you will as well! Let me know what you think of them!

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