Koria Kitten Riot (or KKR as they’re known to the fans) are a band from Helsinki, Finland. Fronted by songwriter Antti Reikko, they’re one of the newer faces in the indie-folk scene, though it’s fair to say that their debut album went largely unnoticed.
They’re a band whose music is best described as folk indie-pop with a hint of rock and a touch of country. Their ethereal songs and thoughtful lyrics are often drawn from their native Finland, but also from a range of musical influences including The Flaming Lips, Elliott Smith, Wilco and early Weezer.
In an age of adversity and despair, they remind us all that hope lies just around the corner and that there is always something to look forward to. It’s a theme which can be very uplifting and this is reflected in their gently melodic and well thought out songwriting, with tracks such as Sea and Suits & Evening Gowns showing a more sensitive side to the band.
Rich Men Poor Men Good Men is an enchanting and heart-warming indie-pop record which exudes charm. It’s full of charming songs which are reminiscent of The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith and Bright Eyes.
The band are a five-piece who have all contributed their own idiosyncratic touches to the music and this shows in every track, from the opening title track through to the final song. They’re a band who take their time, building each track gradually until it feels like the climax of an epic journey, while still retaining a sense of levity throughout.