If you want to make Jeffry-Wynne Prince smile, call him Jeffry-Wynne. Not Jeff or Jeffry or Wynne or Prince, although that might make him smile for a different reason. The hyphenated first name (it’s Welsh) of The Kimberly Trip guitarist throws some people for a loop.
Their new wave-ish, charming pop music doesn’t stick to conventions either. “We are a bit different,” Prince says. “The whole focus of the band is songs that celebrate your inner geek, for discovering who you are and laughing at yourself. We don’t take anything seriously. Our music is about enjoying where you’re at in life.”
It’s just recently that The Kimberly Trip can enjoy where they’re at. They had a record deal with Sony for their 2009 album Generation Stereotype. That situation nearly killed the band. They lost their bassist, and her replacement never gelled. The band was inactive for two years but then had a chance to write a song for a green energy commercial. The song ended up not being used for the commercial, though it did get a big publishing push. More importantly, it re-energized the band. Unicorns, Glitter, & Heartbreak was released in August of 2012, and Prince expects Trip will have another album out by July. They’re feeling so creative that “in some ways it feels like the shows are getting in the way,” he says.
With Kimberly Prince on vocals, and drummer-keyboardist Bractune and founding bassist Michaelandrew back on board, “it’s changed everything,” he says. “Everything feels completely natural. We just play and we know how to read each other. I don’t want to sound cheesy or disingenuous, but it’s the most fun we’ve ever had in the band.”
The Kimberly Trip play with My Father’s Ghost 8 pm Friday, April 12, at Cozmic; $6 adv., $8 door.