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Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS) is a five piece Alternative/Indie band from Boone, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of

By Reece Jamison, Executive Staff

Hello friends! Happy spring/winter hangover! We are still getting snow in April, but remember global warming is not real! It is a lie perpetuated by China as part of their plan for global economic domination.

In all seriousness, please do everything you can to be green. I know the Green House community will have plenty of tips and advice on how best to do so. I apologize for the PSA, but I got spooked by the weather and my government officials who think that because it still snows the world is not dying (James Inhofe, please confirm you have read a freaking book at least once, you nincompoop).

Music, music, music! Here we is, April 2018 is here, Fortnite is still popular, Stormy Daniels has diminished Anderson Cooper’s status as a serious reporter, and I am still missing my Clurg to-go cups; SAD! Today, I will review Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Rescue Me” and Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s “Fever Pitch.”

Thirty Seconds to Mars, or what Fall Out Boy wishes they were, is an arena-rock supergroup consisting of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto and multi-instrumentalist Tomo Milicevic. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the group was formed in 1998 and has since built a global following with hits such as “The Kill,” “This Is War,” “Kings and Queens,” and so on. Here, on “Rescue Me,” Jared Leto finds himself appealing to someone to free him from his demons which hold him captive as a heartbreaker.

I do not care at all for the lyrical content as Leto is, on a new album which is supposedly overtly political (America), making a half-assed effort at a laid-back pop song. It features synths galore, a chopped and screwed vocal sample, 808 drums and atmospheric keys. The track by itself, I guess, is an interesting soundscape that could better be used in a mix for a dubstep concert, but Leto’s over-the-top emo lyrics on this effort do not connect in a meaningful way. Maybe he should focus on his music or his acting, one at a time, because concurrently he is damaging both of his careers.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS) is a five piece Alternative/Indie band from Boone, North Carolina. Now, I do not know very much about the group, but from what I have heard, I am always down for another listening session.

They of course tread some familiar water in terms of occupying the genre of indie-rock, but their mix of fun, emotional, and sometimes philosophical lyrics, clean and reverbed guitars, crunchy drums, and the singers’ smokey yet smooth voice create enough variation for them to stand out as a unique and, in my opinion, which you all came here for, lasting formula.

“Fever Pitch” is off of the band’s new album, How To: Friend, Love, Freefall. I have yet to embark on the journey that this band has laid out before us on this album regarding the subjects that are mentioned in the title of the album, but if the tracks sound anything like this short, angelic song, I cannot wait to delve in.

“Fever Pitch” is a low-key, indie dance track that rumbles towards its end with a suave, charismatic, and emotional trajectory that rivals the sound created by pop giants such as Modest Mouse and Lana del Rey. Lyrically, the “fever” has taken over the lead singer as he discusses his love for his significant other, likening it to grandiose religious zeality. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into the meat of RKS’ discography at my next whisky soaked bonfire with my closest friends as I wait for the end of the world!