Kinski (band)

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Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop
Members Chris Martin
Lucy Atkinson
Matthew Reid Schwartz
Barrett Wilke
Past members Dave Weeks

Kinski is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. They have released eight albums, a number of split albums and EP.[1]


They formed in 1998 in a pub, when bartender and drummer Dave Weeks overheard a conversation between two customers, Chris Martin (guitar) and Lucy Atkinson (bassist) about analog recording. Weeks joined the discussion, and they found they also shared mutual musical interests, and hence agreed to form a band. They started playing live the same year.

Near the end of 1999, guitarist/keyboardist/flautist Matthew Reid Schwartz was added to the line-up. Kinski issued its first record Space Launch for Frenchie earlier that same year consisting of six tracks running for 45 minutes. The band went on their first US tour with Mainliner from Japan, where they befriended Kawabata Makoto, also of Acid Mothers Temple.

Tours throughout the US would follow the next two years with such bands as Hovercraft, Silkworm, and Primordial Undermind. Their second album, Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle, came out on Pacifico in 2001.[2] The band also toured Japan with Acid Mothers Temple in late 2001.

In early 2002, after the band finished recording their third album, Weeks left and later went on to join Seattle band Black Panties.[3] That summer, Barrett Wilke took over on drums. The band at this time signed with Sub Pop. The album Airs Above Your Station was released in 2003.

Later in 2003, Sub Pop issued a split album with Kinski and Acid Mothers Temple. Each band contributed their own material for this release, along with two collaborative pieces that were recorded during their earlier tour of Japan. Finally, the three-way "triptych" split, Crickets and Fireflies, was released by the Music Fellowship label with the bands Paik & Surface of Eceon.

Around the time that Weeks left the band, the remaining members began performing as an improvisational threesome under the name Herzog. An album, Don't Climb on and Take the Holy Water, was issued in 2004 by the Strange Attractors Audio House label consisting of live recordings from Herzog performances. The band also contributed a track to the Franco Battiato tribute album, What's Your Function. A brief west coast tour with Mission of Burma rounded out the year.

In 2005, the band came back with Alpine Static, their sixth album overall and third on Sub Pop produced by Randall Dunn.[3] Tours throughout the US, Europe, and Japan followed, stopping in London for a session with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.

Kinski was the opening act during the spring 2007 leg of Tool's 10,000 Days tour. Just before leaving for this tour, they finished their seventh album, Down Below It's Chaos which was released on August 21, 2007.

In August 2012, it was announced that Kinski' had signed with Kill Rock Stars.[4] The album, Cosy Moments was released April 3, 2013.[5] In February 2015 the band released a split EP with fellow Seattle band Sandrider on Seattle label Good to Die Records.[6]

The second album on Kill Rock Stars[7] entitled 7 (or 8), was recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am) and was released in June 2015.[8]

In 2017 Kinski adapted a passage of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake for the Waywords and Meansigns project.[9]

Band members[edit]

  • Chris Martin (guitar)
  • Lucy Atkinson (bass)
  • Barrett Wilke (drums)
  • Matthew Reid Schwartz (guitar, keyboards, flute)


  • Space Launch for Frenchie - 1999 self-released; reissued 2005 on Strange Attractors Audio House
  • Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle - 2001 on Pacifico; reissued 2005 on Strange Attractors Audio House
  • Penthouse Suite 7" single - 2001 on Sub Pop
  • Semaphore EP - 2002 on Sub Pop
  • Airs Above Your Station - 2003 CD on Sub Pop; LP on Strange Attractors Audio House
  • Split w/Acid Mothers Temple - 2003 on Sub Pop
  • Crickets and Fireflies split album with Paik and Surface of Eceon - 2004 on Music Fellowship
  • "Guess I'm Falling In Love" 7" single - 2004 on The Great Pop Supplement
  • Don't Climb on and Take the Holy Water - 2004 on Strange Attractors Audio House
  • Alpine Static - 2005 on Sub Pop[1]
  • Down Below It's Chaos - 2007 on Sub Pop
  • Cosy Moments - Released April 2, 2013 on Kill Rock Stars
  • Sandrider + Kinski Split EP - Released February 17, 2015 on Good to Die Records[10]
  • 7 (or 8) - Released June 2, 2015 on Kill Rock Stars [11]


  1. ^ a b Kinski at Allmusic and the band's website contains a discography.
  2. ^ "Kinski: Bursts of Lightning! (interview)". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Pretty Much a Rock Band: An Interview with Kinski". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  4. ^ Segal, Dave. "Kinski sign to Kill Rock Stars". The Stranger. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cosying up to Seattle's Kinski". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Sandrider / Kinski split out February 17th, 2015"
  7. ^ "» New releases in 2015, Blue Moonin' in late 2014 Kinski". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  8. ^ "KINSKI ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM '7 (OR 8)'". Kill Rock Stars. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Waywords and Meansigns website (4 May 2017). "Opendoor Edition". 
  10. ^ "Check Out a Split Interview with Sandrider and Kinski About Their Split LP And Whether Grunge is a Dirty Word | NOISEY". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  11. ^ ""Kinski - 7 (or 8)"". "Kill Rock Stars". Retrieved September 22, 2015. 

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