Indie band The Kin helps fund clean-water well in Kenya
There’s something special about music that can change the world and get a band out of a ticket for swerving on a Georgia highway.
The Kin (Australian brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren) pulled off that double play. Their concerts bring in money for charity: water and their easy flowing pop music can soften the heart of local law enforcement.
“We were on our way to Atlanta for the first time and Isaac was cruising like crazy,” says Thorry who is the younger of the two. “Our first reaction was to tell him we were an Australian band. I handed him our CD, he looked us dead in the eye and said that if it was any good, he’d let us go.”
The cop did like it (you can see his reaction on a video the band put up on their Myspace page) and allowed them off with a warning. To celebrate, they headed to a nearby Waffle House where they ended up playing an impromptu concert and probably garnered a whole mess of fans in the process.
“We love those kinds of experiences,” says Thorry. “The crowds at our shows have been more than we hoped for, especially in the last six months.”
During that time, the Kin toured with the Pat McGee Band and Josh Kelly, along with getting one of their songs featured on Lifetime TV’s “Army Wives.”
Now, the brothers are headlining their own tour and will be playing a show at T.T. the Bear’s in Cambridge on Wednesday, April 16.
Their concert is also a chance for people to do some good for a community in Kenya. charity:water is a 19-month old non-profit that constructs wells for clean drinking water. To help the cause, $20 bottles of water will be available at the show with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the charity.
“This want or desire or need to help is just something my brother and I share,” explains Isaac
Since November, the brothers have raised more than $35,000, enough to begin construction on a well that will serve a school, an orphanage, and others in the community. The extra money they are raising will go towards a future well.
“They have been really amped about getting the word out,” says Becky Straw, program manager for charity:water. “Prior to this well, the people in the area were getting their water from a river.”
Straw says the Kin were the first band to approach them about selling the $20 water bottles at concerts. Since then, the London band Athletes has followed suit.
Isaac is quick to dismiss any notion that the band is political.
“We feel more like that we like to tell stories, that we show both sides and that we’re painting a picture of being human,” explains Isaac. “We started collecting songs in 2003, 2004 and the country was at war…it still is. This is an album that was written here and war is the backdrop.”
Their song “Abraham” has received lots of attention. Isaac says is a story about the struggle between people for the city of Jerusalem, but has universal human issues as well.
“I think that’s why we called the album ‘Rise and Fall,’ because we’re talking about a larger plain, talking about humanity,” explains Isaac.
“That song came from a conversation about a documentary we saw about Abraham’s tomb,” says Thorry. “We both couldn’t believe these two sides at war were praying to the same father.”
Their music, which at times can be compared to Coldplay, creates an honest, simple atmosphere. Part of the reason could be that they recorded the disc in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania.
But mostly, it comes from their views on the music industry. About four years ago, during a hike in Woodstock, the brothers made a pact that their dream of music would be something real and attainable.
“We realized that the way people think about the music industry, get signed, get famous, all that crap," explains Isaac. "That wasn’t really what we’re going for. We’re going for something else.”
April 16, 9 p.m.