Members of The New Kinetics have formed a new band, The Hiroshima Mockingbirds. The band comprises Kinetics members Brian Reilly on guitar/vocals and Jon Bonser on guitar, along with drummer Si Leader and bassist Trips Jurado. The band's Facebook page went up late last year, after Reilly and Bonser settled on the name, though Reilly says when The New Kinetics started slowing down as a result of various members' involvement with other projects, the two of them entertained the idea of starting up something new.
"Jon and myself were talking about maybe doing a band. And we decided we wanted to do a band where we could do whatever the hell we wanted," he says in a phone interview. "There's always pressure for us to worry about whether people like it. The point of making music is artistic expression, so worrying about what people think is kind of like—I can't paint for shit but, that's like standing behind a painter and giving approval of every brushstroke."
The band's first show is lined up for April 9 at the Til-Two Club. Reilly says that so far the band hasn't rehearsed much, though their debut album is almost finished. He compares their sound to heavier Rolling Stones or Van Morrison's early rock band Them, though Reilly says there's no clear objective to the band, which makes it both exciting and a little nerve-wracking.
"Admittedly, I'm kind of nervous—you have to be," he says. "I'm feeling way more confident than I was, though. We've only had about three rehearsals. I'm not a great musician, and I never will be, but I don't really give a shit. I like music, and I like to play it."
The Hiroshima Mockingbirds is an open ended project for now, especially since they haven't played any shows just yet. But one thing Reilly does want to do is leave an impact.
"People, when they come to a show, they should either hate us or love us," he says.