The Kin: Summer Residency

The room went dark at 9:30 p.m. and shortly after the only sound heard was a distinct drumbeat. Only the diehard fans realized that for the rest of the Kin’s 45-minute set drummer Shakerleg would remain beating them with his hands.

Part of a weekly residency, the Kin play every Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall through September. Billabout was there live tweeting the show and here’s what we observed.

Set list:



“Everything’s Changing”


“Downtown Train”


“The Weekend”

“Beyond The Wild”


“Hope Machine”

“Water Breaks”

Stay tuned for our interview with the Aussie lads where the band fills us in on new music, their musical robberies and where to go for the best Australian food in New York. Be sure to catch them live every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall.

June 21, 2011

Whenever I see “The Kin” play, I feel like I’m one of the people I envy who were lucky enough to witness Jeff Buckley playing spontaneous shows in New York before he became an iconic part of music history.

The Kin’s talent is the kind that quiets a room. They sing of robbing banks, playing pranks on unwanted guests and setting sail for America at seventeen. The drummer “Shakerleg” plays the whole show with his bare hands on a drum set and the night is usually peppered with swearing commentary and whiskey.

Despite moving to New York in their teens, the two brothers Isaac and Thorald have managed to drag their Australian charm through their success in America. Finding Shakerleg here in New York, the three have recently been signed up for a residency at Rockwood Musical Hall every Thursday for the summer. Apparently their sister Georgina gets up every now and then to bust out a cover of the Black Keys or Cold War Kids. Yes please.

In taking the spirit of Australia’s infamous hero Ned Kelly one step further, The Kin have started hijacking restaurants and public gatherings in what they call a ‘musical robbery’. Check out their robbery of the Virgin Mobile house at SXSW in Austin, Texas below.

By Annie Reuter

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