Itâ€™s kind of hard to feel sorry for the music industry crying about low CDs sales, when a solid band like Kaline is churning out records on its own, while stale, paint-by-numbers groups simply ape the sound of mediocre bands that came before them and are rewarded with record label deals.
On the groupâ€™s latest full length, Makinâ€™ Moves, the Grand Rapids, MI band plays high energy pop/punk reminiscent of bands like MXPX, early Fall Out Boy and a less moody version of Bayside. Even on a limited DIY budget, Makinâ€™ Moves has a far greater sound than about 99% of the bandâ€™s being trotted out in neon t-shirts and ironic Ray Ban sunglasses, thanks to a tight drumming and fuzzy guitars, choruses that stick with you long after you stop listening and that lyrics that deal more with teenage romance.
The record gets a tad repetitious in the middle, but is bookended by some great opening and closing songs.
Top Tracks: â€œThe Weekend,â€ â€œBring It Homeâ€ and â€œToo Many Timesâ€
Rating: 8 out of 10
Kaline â€“ Makinâ€™ Moves /2009 CD / Self-Released / 12 tracks/ http://www.myspace.com/kalinemusic