The Portland-based quintet Kaddisfly carved out a nice little niche for itself over the past several years, releasing a handful of well-received recordings, signing with emo/punk mega-label Hopeless Records and touring the country.
The band played occasionally in Bend, in part, no doubt, because 40 percent of its lineup grew up here. Drummer Beau Kuther is a 1999 graduate of Mountain View High School, and guitarist Kelsey Kuther was part of Summit High School’s class of 2003.
But local fans of music (and/or the Kuthers) have a new band to follow now.
Last year, Kaddisfly came to an end after bassist Kile Brewer left the band amicably and moved to Denver. Since then, his four former bandmates have unveiled a new musical direction under the name Water & Bodies.
Held over from the Kaddisfly days are the stabs of angular guitar and the soaring vocal hooks. But where the old band could rock with the force of a sledgehammer, Water & Bodies works with the precision of a scalpel. The new band is more indie rock and less emo, but with the same earnest, honest aesthetic as its forebear.
Water & Bodies has just released its first EP in digital format on Rain City Records (www.raincityrecords.net), with a physical release expected this summer. In the meantime, the Kuthers are coming home again Saturday night as their band joins a heck of a lineup playing a benefit show for Rise Up International.
— Ben Salmon