Singer/songwriter Ben Barnett formed Kind of Like Spitting in Portland, Oregon in 1996. Over the next decade, the emo outfit would release nearly a dozen records, including one featuring Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Despite its success, the band parted ways in 2006 for personal reasons. Barnett went on to teach at a Seattle music school, occasionally playing and recording with Blunt Mechanic.
But now, nine years after its last album, KoLS is back with a brand new lineup and brand new music. Now a trio consisting of Barnett, bassist Brian Grant, and drummer Dante Johnson, the band will release a split LP dubbed It’s Always Nice To See You alongside fellow emo rockers Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers. Due out February 3rd from Topshelf Records, the album is streaming in full below.
KoLS contribute the opening seven tracks, including a felicitous cover of Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”. “Coming up on 20 years as a band, Kind of Like Spitting is really proud of this release,” Bennet says. “Warren and The Founding Fathers are a great band and great friends to us. We are really proud to be a part of Top Shelf family. It’s fuckin’ cool to still be here.”
As for WF&TFF, their six contributions to the tail end of the record provide a nice bridge between last fall’s split with Mikey Erg and their forthcoming full-length release. Press for It’s Always Nice to See You notes that the band has hit a “song-writing groove” that will surely please fans.
Take a listen to the full thing below. Pre-orders are ongoing at Topshelf’s website.
It’s Always Nice To See You Tracklist:
A-Side, Kind of Like Spitting:
01. Parasite Song (Part 1)
02. Bullied By A Bee
03. Stress Cadet
04. No Planning Is Bad Planning
05. Audience of Two
06. Parasite Song (Part 2)
07. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding
B-Side, Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers:
08. You’re Settling
09. How I Felt When I Met You
10. Lonely Enough
11. Rest Your Head
12. Can’t Be Subtle
13. Understanding Poetry