Philadelphia's Kiska releases brooding new track "68" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Kiska | photo by Easton Reynolds courtesy of the artist

Heavily distorted guitars, gritty vocals, and persistent drums are just a few of the things that we love about 90s rock. All of these things (and more) can be found on Philly band Kiska’s new song “68.”

These alt-rockers have been playing under their current moniker since 2014, and previously under the Desoto Jones, cultivating brooding and raw energy and a decent amount of buzz. The band released their debut self titled album last October, and we are yearning for more of the edgy brand of turn of the century rock…which makes “68” timely. It was released this week via the band’s Seattle based label, Spartan Records.

The track is carried by the familiar blend of heavy guitars and drums and the chorus centers around the lyrics “I just need a little time to catch my breath /I  know it’s a lot to ask / what you’ve seen is not my best.” Frontman Owen Staszewski’s vocals are cloaked in a quiet desperation that effectively wins this song my vote for the best breakup and / or potential makeup song of the year. Unfortunately that isn’t an actual award, but check it out yourself and decide where “68” fits into your life.

Kiska will be playing with fellow hard rockers The Whigs at MilkBoy on October 15th. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more info on this 21+ event.

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