Boston’s Fugitive Kind is releasing their debut full-length album, “You’re Being Watched,” on January 13th, 2009. Following three EPs over the past three years, “You’re Being Watched” was recorded in the fall of 2007 with producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads, Mick Jagger, Soul Asylum). The album features nine tracks immediately distinctive for the massive, bluesy vocals of Lydia Marsala, delivered with a strength and presence rarely found in today’s indie rock.
With Fugitive Kind drawing comparisons to everyone from Queens of the Stone Age to The Pretenders, Muse to The Gossip, it comes as little surprise that Marsala draws inspiration from the likes of Jack White. “I have a possibly unreasonable obsession with Jack White,” she says. “He’s just so dynamic, full of energy, loving what he’s doing and it comes across, loud and clear.” One listen to her powerhouse vocals and it is readily apparent that Marsala has channeled this energy and made it unmistakably her own.
Alongside Marsala, Fugitive Kind is composed of James Therrien on guitar, Matt Johnson on drums, and Ben Feltner on bass. Therrien and Marsala accomplish the bulk of the songwriting; a partnership which began years ago when Therrien was in music school. Studying classical music at the time, he had composed a thesis piece that involved two piano-players scraping the piano strings with sticks. It was “asinine!” he says. “I was supposed to showcase it at a big recital. Instead, Lydia and I wrote three songs and performed them, guitar and voice... My teachers haven’t really talked to me since. One of the songs, ‘Three Miles Away,’ is on this album.” ‘Three Miles Away,’ like other stand-out tracks ‘Thomas’ and ‘Break Now,’ demonstrate Therrien’s ability to incorporate his jazz and classical training into Fugitive Kind’s dramatic space rock.
The title “You’re Being Watched” refers, according to Fugitive Kind, to “the nature of celebrity and the national obsession with fame,” but should perhaps be turned back on the band – with this debut full-length, Fugitive Kind have proved that they themselves are a band to be watched for 2009.