The Kimberly Trip's Fun New Wave
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on April 22, 2012
The Kimberly Trip from Sacramento not only revives the
spirit of new wave music, but takes it a step further. Their sound is based on where they imagine new wave
would be today had it never disappeared from pop culture after the 1980s. Songwriter/guitarist/producer
Jeffry-Wynne Prince talks about their 2012 album called Unicorns, Glitter and Heartbreak. This video
also features the lead-off single called "Drama @ the Coffeeshop."
The song's witty chorus includes the line "I don't need another frienemy." We discuss how storyteller songs have
an extra edge not found in a lot of recent pop music, although we both praise Adele for her monumental recordings
that helped save the music industry. Earlier this year, SacTV.com featured the group's humorous song
"Not Quite Right in the Head."
The band records their music in their own home studio in which Jeffry is the producer. The new album is the
band's sixth release and the third in a row they've put out entirely on their own. Their third album was
distributed by Sony but the band has actually done better and sold more units since going the indie route.
The chess set in the scene plays a part in the new album, which Jeffry describes in another SacTV video interview
called "Radio Vs. Internet." The Kimberly Trip
stands out from many artists of the indie scene simply by getting back to the basics of well-crafted songwriting
instead of showing off musician skills. The band's successful venture into producing their own live shows
at home provides a clearly sensible and strong model for indie bands of the future.
Read more about Sacramento local music and other regional indie music at Playlist Research
The Kimberly Trip is a band that does not conform to industry formulas. Even their new wave influences
cannot be linked as similar to any band of the 80s. Some songs trigger memories of The Waitresses and
B-52's, but more in the same spirit of fun and not so much specific musical passages. Many of the songs
deal with the communication breakdowns in every day life. What makes them an ear-catching indie band
of the 2010s is that they stand out as fun and unique, whereas even in the indie world there's a lot of
homogenization, which many times is portrayed in a serious tone than a fun presentation. The band seems
to have an endless stream of these songs that cut against the grain of popular music in a delightful way.
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