Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Video By Jake Lyle, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
Look, punk is probably dead. But that doesn't mean parts of its sound don't exist elsewhere in music today—they do. And the influence is everywhere. To be honest, it's probably been dead for quite some time now. But only the original wave, the genesis of punk, is truly dead—what has grown in its place sounds completely different and has entirely different goals.
Now we get to Kali Masi, who brings punk music to an emotional maturity. They mix the abstract parts of punk—the energy, the speed, the yelling—with modern emo's focused introspection. They run in the same vein as bands like Citizen, but Kali Masi differs in one huge way: their inclusion of math rock. Whether or not they're actually playing in different time signatures, they utilize the same recognizable guitar and drum mastery as bands like Tiny Moving Parts. Intricate instrumentals and equally deep lyricism makes for a density that requires a second listen if you're not already doing that out of pure, surface level enjoyment.
Kali Masi is another great band coming out of Chicago. It is really interesting to hear all the different sounds that can come out of one city. Where some cities might retain a certain sound that permeates each band almost unwittingly, Chicago seems to be spitting out completely original acts at all times. I guess it goes to say something about the city itself, the way that it is its own, complex world that hosts a myriad of perspectives and refuses to be pigeon-holed into a single sound or the memory of a single famous band that has come from there.
Kali Masi Official Site