Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our gaze over onto Killing Rapunzel, a head banging, hard rocking Wisconsin outfit with a pretty bold mission. The band wants to be the “teachers, guides, and leaders of a generation of lost dreams.” They want to harness classic hard rock and metal to continue to define the genres for a new generation of music fans. So, they’re not exactly as apathetic as your typical young rock group. Are they effective, though? Let’s find out.
Killing Rapunzel, who currently describe themselves as a self-governing independent entity, have released a three track EP, ‘Here We Are.’ It’s very ‘classic,’ which one will notice immediately when spinning the titular song. It’s arena hard rock straight out of the 80s, complete with copious amounts of leather and headbands. It’s actually quite anthemic, and very well performed. For a small endeavor, they explode like a band thrice their size.
The lead vocalist definitely has a Geddy Lee / Axl Rose thing going for him. He’s a high pitched wailer, which serves him effectively on ‘Here We Are.’ He struggles to find his footing on ‘Witch City,’ however, which results in him aimlessly wandering the song always a bit out of key. The instrumentation he’s backed by is far more concrete, offering a pretty dynamic performance chock-full of good ole' rock and roll passion.
‘Pissed On’ is a mixed bag, a hodge podged lyrical endeavor lead into obscure territory by the vocal performance. The screeching is so high, it’s undecipherable. The instrumentation, again, shows extensive prowess. Thus, one could argue that Killing Rapunzel is an excellent act for their niche, but they do need to find a way to harness their lead vocalist in a more appealing, listenable fashion.
Is Killing Rapunzel going to be the genre-changing, world-bending leader of a generation? No, the band won’t be. This musical style is a bit dated nowadays, and definitely aligns into niche territory. This could prove a very good thing for the band - with time and honing, they stand the chance at standing tall in a corner of music that still has a die-hard following. That’s the beauty of the modern music scene and the technology that connects it. Killing Rapunzel has a ways to go, but they could be on their way.