They have a tough time labeling their music style; in fact, the group stresses that they don’t really sound like anyone else and prefer not to be compared with other artists.
“We’re trying to forge our own sound because we all have very different music styles. We have a unique vibe more than we have a unique sound,” says Cam.
When asked, they described their music as folk/pop with some edge.
Barely a year old, kemp ridley. just released their first EP, which received a five-star rating on iTunes in June. Their journey to stardom began when they won Battle of the Bands on St. Patrick’s Day last year. The prize was a recording session at Columbia’s Jam Room Studio. Later, they took their songs to Archer Avenue Studio, where they had them mixed and produced.
“The EP highlights us being all over the place musically because all of the songs are different,” says Thomas. More than anything, the band’s friendship drives their music.
Kemp ridley. feels they have made it this far because they genuinely love to make music together.
“The reason that a lot of bands split up is because it’s too crazy and serious all of the time, and they don’t have fun with each other,” says Turner.
“We are all students striving for various careers first and foremost. Our motto is ‘we play music for fun,’ but if somebody wanted to pay us to play music, we wouldn’t refuse,” says Cam.
Whether they make it big or just play for fun, kemp ridley. will make you fall in love with their friendly and goofy vibe. Make sure you check out their EP. For local show times, check out their Facebook or Myspace pages (myspace.com/kempridley). Also, view their music video for “The Escape Artist” (vimeo.com/16512850)