Kinetik Energy

Lawrence's liveliest performers translate their brand of party rock to debut record

For the past few years the Kinetiks have been steadily winning fans in Lawrence and KC for their high-energy, girl-fronted take on punk, rock, and dance music. The band's shows are as much about getting the audience moving as they are playing music. The band itself is hardly afraid to break a sweat-there is no shortage of clapping, jumping, or dancing on stage. The Kinetiks are about to release "Music History," their second EP and their first foray into studio recording. The EP won't disappoint fans of the band's live show-it's packed with sharp beats, fun lyrics, and harmonies reminiscent of bands like Sleater-Kinney.

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For the past few years the Kinetiks have been steadily winning fans in Lawrence and KC for their high-energy, girl-fronted take on punk, rock, and dance music. The band's shows are as much about getting the audience moving as they are playing music. The band itself is hardly afraid to ...

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lawrence.com: You're big into audience participation.

Spencer Goertz-Giffen: We kind of define ourselves as a dance-rock band, so that's the main goal, I think. But not ballroom dancing.

Rani Waugh: I don't know, that would be OK, too. Any dancing is better than nothing.

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You're about to release your second EP-how long have you been working on the recording?

Goertz-Giffen: God. When did we start recording this?

Waugh: The beginning of this year.

Jason Kniep: It was cold. Now it's cold again. Let's just say 10 months.

Goertz-Giffen: We recorded the EP down at Aciddolphin Studios. It's a basement studio and I remember going down there and it was pretty warm. We walked outside later and there was four inches of snow on the ground.

Kniep: Then we realized the building was on fire [laughter].

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The Kinetiks

  • Friday, December 14, 2007, 9 p.m.
  • Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
  • 18+

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So fans will already be familiar with the music on this EP?

Kniep: The songs were new when we started recording.

Waugh: Whatever. Jason lies. "Bully" was new when we started as a band two years ago. This was waiting for us to have money to record.

Goertz-Giffen: It takes a really long time to build up the funds to record an album.

Your live shows are known for being over-the-top energetic. How do you psych yourselves up for a show? Do you huddle?

Goertz-Giffen: We have done that. Goooo Kinetiks!

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The Kinetiks are (from left) Rani Waugh, Phil Gratz, Jason Kniep, Spencer Goertz-Giffen.

Kniep: It seems to have gone well when we've rallied.

Waugh: We've also tried doing a shot of tequila right before going on stage. We played at Davey's Uptown a few weeks ago, but it didn't work out that well for us.

Goertz-Giffen: It was more like a double shot.

Waugh: It was a big shot, and about a couple of songs in, both Jason and I were thinking, 'We shouldn't be onstage right now.' So I don't know if that's a tradition we're going to continue.

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