Kinch: The Economic Chastisement EP

Kinch has taught me a valuable lesson: pay attention to e-mail. You see, guitarist Brian Coughlin e-mailed me about two years ago to let me know about his band, a piece of correspondence I kept (because Kinch is from Phoenix) but one I failed to act on with a post.

Well, that was pretty dumb.

Kinch, whose Advances was named the best local album in 2008 by Martin Cizmar of Phoenix New Times, appears to be on the verge of breaking out. There’s upcoming West Coast tour dates with fellow Phoenicians Dear and the Headlights and an appearance at SXSW in March (including the I Heart AZ showcase curated by Psyko Steve).

On Friday night at Modified, Kinch celebrates the release of a three-song EP, The Economic Chastisement, copies of which will be given out with admission ($10) and made available online as a free download (or, you know, see below). Speaking of free, Advances also is available for no charge.

And that’s the thing about the guys in Kinch. They are savvy – in how they craft piano-driven hooks, in how they market themselves, in how they have built a fan base (someone from the band will ask you to sign up for the mailing list after a show, and you will). They make their breaks, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the pop-rock know-how to back it up. (I heard nothing but praise from friends and other bands after Kinch opened the Birdmonster show I put on in October.)

Download The Economic Chastisement EP below.

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