By MIKE CHAIKEN
In an age where most independent bands are satisfied with stitching together a couple of songs in the studio and calling it an EP so fans have something to download, Connecticut band Kalimur followed a different path.
Rather than just handing fans some appetizers, the three member band handed them a complete meal, and dubbed it, “Redemption.”
Kalimur’s mission on the 11-track effort was to take the listener on a journey, both musically and emotionally, said the band’s Brett Steinberg. And to do that, the band knew it needed a full album.
“We are huge fans of albums,” said Brett. “There’s something special about an album if you can listen to it front and back and it can have an impact on you.”
With “Redemption,” Brett said Kalimur wanted to leave the listener with a “sense of hope” after the last track plays.
Brett also said the group—which plays at The Space on Saturday— likes recording full-length efforts because it forces them to be more creative.
And from a practical point of view, said Brett, “(A full length) gets our name out there.”
Writing music for Kalimur, said Brett, is the result of a collaborative process among the bandmates. The individual members often go off in separate directions to gather the bones of a song. But when they gather together in the studio, he said, each member helps flesh out the end product.
The sound of Kalimur was partially a result of a concerted goal to play a certain genre and partially a result of the different shared and different influences the band members had, said Brett.
The group knew they wanted to mine an alternative pop style, said Brett. But that genre was further flavored by the band members’ other interests. For instance, said Brett, he is a fan of Coldplay. Jonah Propfe is big on the drum sounds of Led Zeppelin and Cage the Elephant. And Alex Trouern-Trend is a fan of classic rock, like Pink Floyd, as well as a band called Hey Rosetta!
Kalimur’s origins date back a year a half ago, explained Brett.
At UConn, Brett had been making the rounds as a solo artist. One evening, he was performing at an open mike night. Alex was in the audience.
Brett said he and Alex kind of knew each other at the time, having met a year earlier.
After the open mike, Brett explained, Alex approached him. Alex told Brett he was impressed by what he saw. Alex proposed that the pair partner up for a band project.
The timing of the offer was right, said Brett. At that point, Brett explained, he had mined the solo thing for a while and the thought of forming a band was appealing.
Later, they got together, instruments in hand. “We jammed and it felt right,” said Brett.
The current lineup took shape when the band found itself in a bit of a jam. They were going to be performing at a festival, but they lost their original drummer.
He and Alex knew Jonah Propfe and gave him a call, asking if he could step into the fray. Jonah took up the challenge. From there, Jonah continued to play Kalimur, but he was still stepping in on a trial basis.
The trial run worked out so well, Brett said he and Alex made Jonah a full blown member of Kalimur.
For fans coming out to The Space, Brett said they will get a different sense of Kalimur than they get on the recording. “When you’re listening to the record,” he said, “You get a more intimate feel.” But, he said, live Kalimur’s performances have a more communal feel.
“We like to connect to the audience,” said Brett.
There will be plenty of energy emanating from Kalimur, said Brett. “When (fans) come to the show, they will leave happier and feel more inspired,” said Brett.
The show in Hamden wraps up a brief tour that took the band to several cities in the Northeast. But playing in Connecticut is special for Kalimur, said Brett.
Playing in the home state, said Brett, gives the band an opportunity to revel in the support of friends, family and the fans who have been there for the band since the beginning.
And there’s nothing like the energy generated by playing for a hometown crowd “that is ready to rock out to you,” said Brett. “It’s priceless.”
Kalimur plays the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden on Satuday, May 21 with The Danbees, Lion in the Mane, Ghost of the Valley, and London Eyes. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance.
For more information, go to TheSpaceCT.com and kalimurband.com