After playing together as a band for only five months, roots-rock band Kin Sibling Rivalry is off to perform at the Miami Music Festival. The festival and conference, which started yesterday, is a showcase for emerging artistes and several other artistes from T&T will be attending, including Chantal Esdelle and Moyenne, Nadia Batson and Russel Leonce. The band played last Saturday night at Shakers on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, and their fans came out en masse to ensure they had a proper send-off.
Members Kiwan Landreth-Smith (lead vocals and guitars); Adam "Mar" Andrews and Michael "Wajang" Abraham (vocals); Keshav "Lazabeam" Chandradathsingh (synth); Shyamal Chandradathsingh (bass); and, Keeron Archie (drums) gave a high-energy performance, playing several of their original songs, as well as covers of Dub classics. Though they've been performing together for a relatively short time, they each come to the project with years of experience with other bands, such as 3Canal band Cut + Clear Crew, The Generals and Orange Sky. Their name, according to Landreth-Smith, signifies the human family and the state of conflict it now seems to find itself in.
Describing their sound, he says: "We do a form of roots rock. A friend of ours called it Dub rock. I like the Dub rock classification. I think we've created our own special blend because the personality of each musician in the band shines through in the songs that we've written." As they head off to Miami, Landreth-Smith is mindful of the mission, which he said is powered by "national pride." "We want to show that our creative musical talent is a powerful medium in itself, capable of propagating vibrant, modern Trinbagonian culture.
He notes that the venture was made possible by TnT ENT. "They are sponsoring the trip and have secured a 1,000-plus capacity venue to showcase the talents of T&T." If last week's show was anything to go by, Kin Sibling Rivalry is good to go, with lots of energy, belief in their songs and a devoted fan base behind them. It's reflected in Landreth-Smith's optimism: "Next stop... Miami."