In the last year, Kevin Kilfeather has released seven albums—four as his solo project K. Kilfeather, and three with his smoldering wrecking ball of a rock band Strange Mistress. “Art never ends until you let it,” Kilfeather says about that growing body of work, and he and his band show no signs of slowing down. Instead, the Vegas-based four-piece is only adding to that collection.
Written over the last year and recorded in the last six months by local sound engineer and Black Camaro guitarist/vocalist Brian Garth, the idea behind Divisions was to capture something authentic, Kilfeather says.
“We used all real stuff, no drum triggers, no fake amps, no fake sounds. Everything you hear is 100 percent real. A lot of the time, we’ll spend time trying to tune vocals, but this time, Brian was like, nope, redo it. We just got it until we were satisfied. I’m really happy with the overall product.”
The guys—A.J. Gerst (bass), Shane Apsey (drums), Jon Gamboa (guitar/backup vocals) and Kilfeather (guitar and vocals)—debuted their music video for “Mystery Channel” on April 8, a heavy, Motörhead-esque track that barrels through its 3:13-minute runtime faster than the bus in Speed.
Divisions drops April 14 with a show at Backstage Bar & Billiards, and despite Strange Mistress’ perfectionist approach, the no-frills album holds plenty of spontaneous magic. “The last song, ‘Wrath,’ was a song I recorded on my phone with an acoustic guitar two days before we recorded [in the studio],” Kilfeather says. “I believe in that. I believe in natural music and doing what comes to mind.”
Strange Mistress Divisions album release With The Quitters, Dogyear, Lawn Mower Death Riders. April 14, 9 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards, $7.