Kevin Frayne – I’m Up if You’re Down

I was pleasantly surprised to find out I’m Up if You’re Down is an indie pop album. I haven’t listened to indie pop in a while and it was a nice escape from the metal music I’ve been obsessively listening to these days.

Kevin Frayne reminds me a lot of The Drums with its surf style, pop-ish sound that is made especially obvious in the track “Maybe I.” The beat changes throughout the album from fast to slow, with a funky drum beat, low distortioned and somewhat monotone vocals, and simple guitar riffs. I originally thought thatthe only thing missing was some synths to make it that much more pop-esque, but low and behold, right before the end of the track, they are thrown in there which made me really happy!

On his Facebook page, Fraynedescribes his music as “punk-infused and ready to blow your brains.” However, I don’t really feel my mind blown when listening to this album. Instead, I wouldprefer kicking back with a bunch of friends, drinking some beers, talking about philosophical bullshit, and listening to this album in the background. I’d have to say the most punk-based song on the album is “Off Track.” I actually dig it a lot because of its faster drum beat and screaming backgrounds which aren’t present in any of the other songs. I also like the purposefully distorted singing voice – overall, it reminds me a tad of The Supersuckers.

The EP ends with the bittersweet melody “Unknown.” Lyrics like, “Human beings they make no sense to me…like ancient history…make no sense at all…” lend themselves well to the holding of long notes which Kevin seems to have absolutely no problem doing. Again, a very similar sound to The Drums, only the lyrics in this track happen to be sadder than the happy go lucky things that The Drums usually sing about.

This is Kevin Frayne’s debut EP, released on October 31st, 2013. Frayne is from Goderich, Ontario and currently resides in London.  He has been making music since the age of 14.

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Written by Liz Imperiale

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Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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