Brash, immediate, and undeniable infectious, on It’s Fine Portland, OR garage-pop duo Kool Stuff Katie delivers a visceral dose of distortion-fueled jams that are just plain impossible to resist. Built on a foundations of subtly clever song structure and melodic interplay, the chromed-out surface sonics blast the aural cobwebs out of listeners’ ears like an avalanche.
Yet, as you start to parse out the deeper layers of the record it becomes clear that there’s more here than just sunshine and power chords. “We didn’t set out to write this record with a lyrical or musical theme as such, but as it turned out, a lot of the songs center around the feeling of frustration: personally, romantically, socially” explains drummer / vocalist Saren Oliver. “We find it funny because upon first listen most of the songs are super upbeat and fun – we unintentionally made an album full of anguish in disguise.”
Written in Portland and Hood River, OR and recorded with Fisk at Seattle’s Soundhouse Studios and Fisk’s home studio, It’s Fine fits perfectly in the proud canon of Northwest music that shouts down frustration and depression with a 4/4 beat and an overdriven amp. “When people listen to the record, we want them to enjoy themselves” says Oliver. “The songs are written from a place of frustration, but are tailored – both lyrically and melody-wise – to be very accessible. In that regard there is a lot left up to the interpretation of the listener. Essentially, we tried to write a record that everyone could identify with and lose themselves in, and that maybe you’d feel a bit better about everything when it’s through.”