“Urban primeval tang from veteran Kansas City four, whose bar-busting melodies posit The Saints duking it out with Alex Chilton…”
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The Pedaljets – Twist The Lens
Kansas City rock & roll powerhouse the Pedaljets have spent decades flying just under the radar. From their inception in 1984, their raucous brand of scuzzy, melodic jangle-pop and jagged post-punk placed them in league with some of the decade’s most beloved rockers, from The Replacements and Hüsker Dü to Meat Puppets and The Flaming Lips, all of whom the Pedaljets have performed alongside on stages across the United States. Their music has received critical acclaim from countless publications, including The A.V. Club, Diffuser.FM, Uncut Magazine, Blurt Magazine, The Big Takeover, and the notoriously critical CREEM Magazine. Twist The Lens continues to build upon the legacy the Pedaljets have created over the past three decades, showcasing the comfort and maturity of their years spent performing together as well as the electric fervor that has permeated their music since the beginning.
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Mojo, February 2020
Urban primeval tang from veteran Kansas City four, whose bar-busting melodies posit The Saints duking it out with Alex Chilton. New guitar hero, Cody Wyoming, brings flash, mixmaster John Agnello gets sharp, and Loved a Stone is a GBV-calibre kickathon.
QRO, February 2020
If music is going anywhere right now, aside from towards pop, it is mostly just more foreboding, and the recently reunited Pedaljets lyrics hang among the aura of guitar and fancy lead drum licks with twangy choruses in new release Twist the Lens. From recent darkly pop singles, “Sleepy Girl” and “Uncounted Heads” to the other notes of somber, joyous, nineties-alternative-pop tribute, there is a brooding redemption in The Pedaljets’ fabulous sounding new album.
Louder Than War, Feb 2020
On their new record, Kansas’ Pedaljets are firing on all cylinders and pulling in a more varied range of styles than they had previously done. They kick things off with lead single, Disassociation Blues, an almost Interpol-like rocker that drives along over pounding sparse drum beats. The vocals yearn over the top before they rise up at the end of the verses to sprout with more urgency. The harmonies sit just behind the cranked guitars, gliding along underneath to add to the overall sound of a band that are, once again, really hitting the ground running. However, on Twist The Lens, the moments that really stand out are those where the band take a left turn from the pulsing rock to bring something altogether more wistful.
Vive Le Rock, February 2020
(the) Kansas City alt-rock veterans impress with undimmed vigor… Allmayer’s vocals conjure similar widescreen Americana feel to those of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
RPM Magazine UK, January 2020
…as the album meanders through a great blend of tunes from the chillin’ ‘Sleepy Girl’ passed the more sprightly ‘One Away’. The title track is a great magnet that pulls in everything that’s gone before it on the record a really good track of timeless alternative Rock and Roll call it scuzzy Americana but it makes for a great tune before being serenaded by the acoustic ‘What Only Cats Chase’ with its sparse arrangement and warm strings. Before signing off with the street rumbling of ‘The Fader’ and we’re done as the band rides off into the sunset like a Rock and Roll Thelma and Louise leaving the world fading in their rear view mirror amidst a cloud of dust. Pedaljets might just have made their finest three-quarters of an hour of music yet. Great effort guys – well worth the wait.
Rock and Reel Magazine, January 2020
PopMatters, December 2019
Built on big, jangling guitars, alongside Allmayer’s unmistakable voice, the tune (“Sleepy Girl”) is immediately memorable, its choruses, instantly hummable and its haunting but hopeful narrative feeling alternately deeply personal and surprisingly universal.