ProgNaut review of 37
King Never - 37 (October 15, 2013)
“37” is an interesting five song teaser EP from the Sacramento, California based alternative rock group KingNever. And although they categorize themselves as alternative progressive rock I hear much more of the 80s' alternative bands in their compositions than anything I'd call progressive rock. Yet on the odd occasion I do hear flashes of Adrian Belew style guitarwork peppered throughout.
The music is influenced by bands like Police, The Fixx, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead; and even some of the later period albums from the band Spirit can be detected in tracks like “Push And Pull” and “Mr. No”.
For the most part the accessible compositions are sedate melancholy ballads; a bit on the short side, but with an infectious hook. Solid songwriting.
At the time of the recording the members included: Scott Gontjes (drums, vocals), Matt McCabe (vocals, guitar, Moog Taurus bass pedals), and Karl Lane (bass, keyboards). Since then drummer Scott Gontjes has departed leaving the two remaining members to audition for his replacement.
Recommended for fans of 80s' alternative rock.
Reviewed by Joseph Shingler