Detroit Livin', Lovin', and Rockin': Inside The Kaleido 'Experience'
By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM
"WKLD - Comin' at you from the DET, where we do our own thang. Here's that Kaleido Experience."
In Detroit, we don't have a signature sound. We just make the sound - and you feel that "This is a unique experience." The one thing you can count on, no matter which band? We. Rock. Hard. And that's exactly what you get from Experience, the new album from Detroit-based Rock Band Kaleido.
When I first heard vocalist Christina Chriss, it was at a Detroit Riverfront concert, and I remember being blown away for how hard she threw down on a mic. And after a few years (and a rap single later), the band hooked back up, toured outside of the U.S., and introduced a multi-faceted sound with their single "Trouble In Paradise." Now, they are finally bringing out their album Experience on May 19.
If you wanted to make any comparisons to the sound you get with Kaleido, there are a couple different ways you could sling it. Occasionally, Christina sounds like Gwen Stefani from No Doubt, sometimes a clearer-spoken and bubblier version of Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless). In contrast, the band, which includes Drummer Joey Fava, Bass Player Cody Morales, Guitarists Ronnie Rosolino and Zach Bolling, throw down like Detroit band Wilson, all the way up the chain to a style that Axl Rose from Guns N' Roses would be proud to hear.
Aside from the single "Trouble In Paradise," which throws a heavy No Doubt vibe, the stand out tracks that come from Experience range from a party anthem called "On One," to a dark, introspective song about questioning the importance of life on "Balcony," as well as a song that talks about staying driven to make it to the top on "Die Tryin'."
One shoo-in for a fan favorite, and bad-ass chick anthem called "No More Little Miss Nice Bitch" even got an assist from Jimmy Bones from Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, who's playing the organ on the track.
In between some of the funny interludes in between the tracks (including a voicemail from Christina's dad), another great surprise on the album is a song called "Love & War," which features Dryden Mitchell, the front man from the band Alien Ant Farm. The song talks about an unbalanced relationship, in which one person loves their significant other more than they are loved in return. Between that track and "Trouble In Paradise," this seems to be a reoccurring theme.
Closing out the album are two down-tempo jams - which is a very different vibe from the rest of the album. One, called "All Together," gets a blusey treatment on the guitar, while the other, called "The End," is about rising up after being broken down, and rounds the end of the album perfectly.
Currently, Kaleido is touring with Seether, and will be back home with Letters From The Fire for Seether's Poison The Parish World Tour on the 24th & 25th of May at St. Andrew's Hall, which will be just in time for you to purchase a hard copy of Experience, or you can pre-order the jams on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play here and snag a download of their new single "Die Tryin'" before the album is released.