Songs for Society
Songwriter, singer, and bassist Kimon Kirk's first full-length album, Songs For Society, was released on September 8th, 2011. Over the last several years Kimon has played the bass and provided harmony vocals for such artists as Aimee Mann, Grant Lee Phillips, Amy Correia, and Ramona Silver, and was an original member of Session Americana, winners of a 2005 Boston Music Award. Songs For Society was recorded in Kirk's old and new hometowns of Boston and Los Angeles and was mixed by noted producer Paul Q. Kolderie and his cohorts at Camp Street Studios. The album is something of a pop-music throwback, touching on themes that range from the old west to 40's jazz, while remaining a rock n' roll effort at heart. It includes songs written with former 'Til Tuesday frontwoman Mann (the Nick Lowe-inspired "Not Where I'm At"), and David Champagne and Jim Fitting, both of whom founded the seminal Boston band Treat Her Right. Mann, Champagne, and Fitting all make guest appearances on the album, whose core band consists of Kirk on bass and vocals, keyboard wizard Jamie Edwards, from Mann's band, on everything from piano to mellotron, young six-string phenom Lyle Brewer, of Sarah Borges and Ryan Mountbleau's bands, on lead guitar, and Mann's longtime drummer and Boston studio legend John Sands, who provides the album's swinging backbeat and drive. The record's performances brim with melody, musicality and style and hearken to an era when pop music encompassed myriad genres - an age when rock n' roll, country, jazz, and r&b weren't quite so far apart.