Kinski Credit: Lord Fotog

It has been about a decade since I’d given any thought to the Seattle quartet Kinski. I wrote about their 2005 album Alpine Static (Sub Pop) and then lost track of what they were doing. But this summer they released 7 (or 8), an insular reference to how many albums are part of their official discography, on Kill Rock Stars, and it made me feel as if time had frozen. Although the latest record dispatches most of the space-rock elements that characterized their work for Sub Pop back then, the band’s still serving up tight, propulsive, guitar-driven stuff that suggests the music could’ve been made at any point during the last two decades. While there’s something comforting about Kinski’s Stooge-oid rattle—with its meaty, interlocking riffing, bulldozer grooves, and wah-wah-soaked solos—it’s also depressingly familiar, which I suppose is the point. As you can hear in today’s 12 O’Clock Track “Detroit Trickle Down,” the title of which leaves little doubt about the instrumental’s inspiration, Kinski can throw down very effectively. The question is, do you want to hear a band doing, more or less, the same thing they and countless other bands were doing a decade or more ago, or do you want to experience something new? Depending on the answer you might want to check out Kinski. They perform tomorrow night at the Empty Bottle.