Kamalas release new record this weekend

In the grand tradition of Moncton bands before them, Moncton punk band The Kamalas is getting set to launch its newest release, a four song, 7-inch single entitled Never Get Away. The band is celebrating the new release with a show this Sunday evening at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge. Special guests for the evening are fellow Moncton punks The Beaten Hearts.

Recorded in the fall of 2010 by local musician and Fear of Lipstick member Jeremy O’Neill, Never Get Away is the newest The Kamalas release, following up their self-titled CD of 2009. Comprised of guitarist-vocalist Elle Shapiro, drummer Salty, bassist Jessup and guitarist T-Ray, the band has been a mainstay of the Moncton music scene for a number of years now.

The group recently returned from a whirlwind trip to our nation’s capital where they had the opportunity to play a show as a part of the Ottawa Explosion, a three-day music festival where fellow Moncton band Fear of Lipstick also had a showcase.

“Our trip to Ottawa was pretty amazing,” Shapiro starts. “The Ottawa Explosion is three days of killer bands that are mostly from Ottawa. We had originally hoped to do a quick tour but couldn’t manage that in addition to the festival so we chose the latter. We thought this would be a good way to meet lots of people and see a ton of crazy good bands, and we did!”

While vinyl might seem like a trendy item among bands these days, The Kamalas chose vinyl as their format of choice for a simple reason: they are fans of the format.

“Never Get Away is our first vinyl release and I can say that I hope to never put out a CD again,” Shapiro says. “If you do your recording with vinyl in mind, I find the sound you get in the end is phenomenal compared to what a CD offers. There have been a lot of bands taking on vinyl in the past little while and I think it is really great.”

Asked whether the above means that they are ruling out the possibility of going the CD route in the future, Shapiro says that anything is possible … but don’t hold your breath.

“Who knows what the future holds?” she asks rhetorically.

Article published in July 1, 2011 edition of the Times & Transcript