"Knick Knacks and Apparel" (Self-produced; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With more of an alternative feel than a heavy metal thrust, 7k dish up a unique platter of music on "Knick Knacks and Apparel."

With guitars that can be chunky when necessary, sharp when required and edgy when it feels right, "Knick Knack and Apparel" most often sounds like on of the more accessible alternative bands (i.e., R.E.M.) rather than those that tweaked the genre a little more (i.e., Jane's Addiction"). I especially like the Devo-ish guitar solo in the first track, "Make It Up."

Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Jeff Garvin has a voice that's full of soul and passion, and he's not afraid to experiment with it a little, a la Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. 

While perhaps not as hard or heavy as readers of this site may be looking for, "Knick Knacks and Apparel" is certainly worth a listen, especially by those looking for something with a sound all its own.

As a bonus, included is a DVD of a 7-track live set by the band recorded at Hogue Barmichael's in Orange County, CA.

7k: Jeff Garvin - lead vocals, rhythm guitar; David Neil Black - lead guitar, backing vocals; Carlos Rivera, Jr. - bass guitar, backing vocals; Corey Manske - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.7khq.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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