Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type EP Release @ RecordBar

If you like indie pop, then there’s only one place to be this Friday: recordBar‘s new downtown location. Previewed at this past Middle of the Map Fest, recordBar’s revamped look is dark and slick with a stage that surpasses the previous location’s in terms of aesthetic and sound quality. Following this preview, the venue has been putting on pop up events–the most imminent being Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type‘s EP release. Supported by Lawrence friends Spirit is The Spirit and Pink Royal, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type will tear it up with a full line up of lush indie pop.

Pink Royal makes groove-centric pop music that blends the vocal strength of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with the jingling indie of bands like The Killers (circa Hot Fuss) and Phox. The six piece spins through their music with polished instrumentation and hook-filled vocal melodies. Making passable pop music is no easy feat, and making exceptional pop is even harder. That said, Pink Royal, track after track, makes the task look easy–layering saccharine licks over groovy bass lines and subtle but driving percussion.

Similiarly, Spirit is the Spirit makes pop look easy. The difference between the two acts is Spirit is the Spirit inhabits the woolier, more psychedelic realms of indie pop. With building melodies and meandering lyrics, the Lawrence band has a sonic depth to their music that begs to be explored. Peeling back the aural layers reveals more and more to hook you. Whether its warm vocals, minimal guitar twinkling, fragmented bass, or organ drones, Spirit is the Spirit fits a surprising amount of depth into their songs. And they do this without losing a bit of immediacy. Never does a song of theirs sound too full or messy–an aesthetic that is often desired but rarely achieved.

Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type is the kind of band that gets better the more they’re played. This is a testament to the band’s ability to craft complex pop gems out of thin air. Each listen reveals something hidden in their hooks. If you caught the band last weekend at Mills Record Company’s Moving Celebration, then you know the five piece can command a stage. With enough energy to power a small city and enough skill to riff with the best, Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type is truly a force on stage. This band not only promises a fantastic future to Kansas City’s music scene but is also delivering that future now. Seriously, catch these cats before they’re playing arenas.

This Friday at recordBar, Kansas City’s indie pop scene will be alive and well. Smattered with a eclectic mix of indie pop, the show will be the place to kick off the weekend. Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type, Pink Royal, and Spirit is the Spirit are not acts to miss.

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