Kalin Krohe Reference to Release ‘Neon Halos’
Release Party set at Newberry’s
Kalin Krohe Reference has announced the release of debut LP, Neon Halos, out March 8, 2019, complete with a release show at Newberry’s at 110 West 4th Street, Friday starting at 7 p.m., featuring Gabriel the Brute. Joining Kalin Krohe will be Derek Johnson and Darren Jelinek. Krohe began his musical journey in his teens, joining his first rock band when his was 15. He played the bass throughout high school, which led him to a solo career.
“I started my solo songwriting in 2006 or 2007, and the rest is history,” Krohe said. “I love sitting down and writing songs and what’s in my soul and in my heart. I try to spill it out on the page with writing, or coming up with melodies and lyrics. What draws me to music is the mystery behind it. It’s what you find in your soul and in your heart. Through art, whether it’s music or painting or drawing or photography, you can only find that through art. That’s what keeps me coming back to music: finding more out about myself and discovering new things and the journey along the way.”
An Alliance native, Krohe moved to Mitchell, S.D. in 2007, where his musical horizons continued to grow. He gained experience through solo work and playing with other bands at the time. When he returned to Alliance, Krohe had a vision to continue honing his musical style.
“Since 2015, I’ve really wanted to dive more into my music. I met a group of great friends in a band called The Outer Vibe. So, I’ve been traveling back and forth, recording albums with them, which has been an amazing experience, and I’m very grateful for it.”
Krohe is excited to see his album ready to be released after dedicating time and energy to making his dream a reality. The album, which features favorite Krohe classics and new works, features something for everyone.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Krohe said. “There’s old songs on it, there’s new songs on it. It’s really cool. Once you start the process, it all just kind of falls into place. To me, it’s like one of those things that’s meant to happen.”
Working in the studio for eight days, the band produced 13 songs, of which 11 are featured on the album.From the rambunctious opener, “Honey Whiskey,” to the introspective and horizon-gazing finale,“Bleeds Leads Shines Fades,” Neon Halos is a luminous journey through the maize and mind ofWestern Nebraska—a place where the simple and eccentric merge in perfect harmony.
Neon Halos is no different—a reflection of an artist and the land on which he was raised. Throughout the 11-song record, the inscrutable is paired with the pedestrian, the obscure with the universal, the unexpected with the expected. There is pride and there is self-deprecation. Certain songs end abruptly, while others continue to reveal themselves long after the record stops—with Krohe’s mellifluousmelodies playing over and over in your head for days and days.
On standout track, “Pour,” Krohe acts as The White Rabbit, coercing the listener out of the mundane 9 to 5 landscape and into anentrancing underground wonderland filled with enigma and intrigue. Electric
guitars, driving drums, and melodies draped in confession and mystery take the track to a brand new frontier for the Kalin Krohe Reference—one of the most original bands on the circuit today.
Original, yes. Free of influences? No—and that’s a good thing, for all singular talent is the byproduct of a multitude. Folky “Thirsty Words” evokes an abstract Conor Oberst at his best. “Yeah, I have something up my sleeve,” Krohe sings—perhaps pointing at things to come for the band, while the whimsical Mr. Minute contains tinges of both the Beach Boys and Norwegian Wood-era Beatles. Banjo-driven “Just Be” is just a fiddle away from a run at Telluride Folk Festival’s talent competition. Clearly, Krohe is well-versed in the spectrum of musical genres and Neon Halos is proof of that as it shape shifts between folk, rock, pop, indie, experimental, and emo—yes, there’s even a little dose of American Football.