Boston stoner rock supergroup Kind unleash first single + preorder for new album ‘Mental Nudge’, coming September 11th on Ripple Music!
Boston-based stoner rock supergroup Kind (with current and former Elder, Black Pyramid and Roadsaw members) return with their sophomore album ‘Mental Nudge’ this September 11th on Ripple Music, and share first single “Bad Friend” today exclusively via The Sleeping Shaman.
Featuring Matt Couto (ex-Elder), Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov), Craig Riggs (Roadsaw) and Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid), Boston heavy rock/stoner foursome Kind return with their second full-length, ready to unleash the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 Ripple Music debut ‘Rocket Science’. Staying true to their sound but expanding their sonic palette, Kind has crafted seven new songs that cover the aural spectrum, from the indie-rock influenced “Helms” to the full-on doom of “Trigger Happy” to the rock bombast of “Broken Tweaker,” all capturing the effortless interplay between the instruments and Craig Riggs’ powerful vocals. The result is a wall of sound that shows the talent and experience these musicians continue to bring to the form.
‘Mental Nudge’ was recorded at Mad Oak Studios by Alec Rodriguez (Lesser Glow, Forn, Chelsea Wolfe live sound) and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering. Artwork was designed by Alexander von Wieding (Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn, Brant Bjork).
‘Mental Nudge’ will be released on September 11th, and available now to preorder via Ripple Music as: Rare Test Pressing LP / Worldwide Edition Classic Black Vinyl LP / Limited Edition Colored Vinyl LP (150 copies pressed on yellow and mint green half and half vinyl) / CD and digital
Kind: New album ‘Mental Nudge’ out September 11th via Ripple Music
Tracklist: 1. Broken Tweaker 2. Faster Number Two 3. Bad Friend 4. Helms 5. It’s Your Head 6. Mental Nudge 7. Trigger Happy
Featuring members Matt Couto (ex-Elder), Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov), Craig Riggs (Roadsaw) and Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid), Kind formed in 2013 and released their debut album “Rocket Science” on Ripple Music in the waning days of 2015. That album garnered favorable reviews across the board, including from Metal Hammer who stated that it built up “an atmosphere that’ll sound awesome played live”. That was proven by a West Coast tour Kind undertook with Ripple labelmates Salem’s Bend and a live appearance at Desertfest London in 2018, as well as many shows throughout the Northeastern U.S.
After entering the studio a couple of times in the intervening years to demo new material, Kind booked time at the venerable Mad Oak Studios in January 2020 with Alec Rodriguez (Lesser Glow, Forn, Chelsea Wolfe live sound) behind the boards once again to track “Mental Nudge”. Staying true to their sound but expanding their sonic palette at the same time, Kind has crafted seven songs that cover the aural spectrum, from the indie-rock influenced “Helms” to the full-on doom of “Trigger Happy” to the rock bombast of “Broken Tweaker”. Rodriguez once again deftly managed to capture the interplay between the instruments and the powerful vocals of Riggs, resulting in a clear yet heavy recording of the new material.
Once the recording was complete, it was time for renowned artist Alexander von Wieding to work his magic and create the cover art. Alexander has worked with many heavy rock artists, including most notably Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn and Brant Bjork. He once again delivered some eye-catching art for “Mental Nudge”, tying up the themes of the songs in a striking visual representation. The record was expertly mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, providing a powerful final master. “Mental Nudge” will see a September release on Ripple Music once again in the U.S., and Kozmik Artifactz in Europe.
Kind are: Matthew Couto – drums / Tom Corino – bass / Craig Riggs – vocals / Darryl Shepard – guitar