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Kinky launches fast break offensive

House of Blues, Anaheim, Cal., Dec. 20, 2003

By Dan MacIntosh

ANAHEIM, CA - In basketball vernacular, the five-piece band Kinky is a run-and-gun team. Onstage, everybody moves, all the time. And at the center of it all, Gil Cerezo plays electric guitar and sings the songs of this smart, eclectic and always danceable group.

This band's second release, "Atlas," is a fairly cerebral work, underneath all the beats-per-minute. But while Kinky's studio work gives almost equal play to its poetic lyrical side, its concerts are all about the aural and the visual.

For instance, bassist Cesar Pliego, with a black cowboy hat on his head, raced back and forth across the stage, like the tennis ball in a match viewed in fast-forward. And even band members without such easy mobility, at least danced constantly on the spot. Notably, keyboardist Ulisies Lozana took a couple of opportunities to hop around the stage with his accordion, when he wasn't engaged in bouncing behind his keyboard bank.

Those who weren't waving their hands madly or running up on stage to hug members of the band, may have noticed the politicized lyrics driving "Presidente," or the observational nature of songs like "Snapshot," both from the new "Atlas" album.

But more than likely, it was Cerezo's occasional scratching, which included snippets of "Wild Thing" by Tone-Loc and "Sweet Dreams" from Eurhythmics that may have momentarily taken the dancers' attention away from their feet. The rest of the time, club-goers were lost in Kinky's heady mix of techno beats, layered percussion and just flat out rock guitar.

As good as this band is on CD, which is fairly darn good, it's even better in person. This late show, which began at 11:30 p.m. was one exciting fast break offensive, and was over almost before you knew it.



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