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Australian brothers make The Kin a major label concern

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Isaac Koren isn't kidding when he says the story of The Kin has been "a long and interesting journey."

He and his brother Thorald moved from their native Australia to New York with their mother and younger sister a little over a decade ago. They had played music separately before that -- "I had rock bands, self-taught pretty much, and he was more on the jazz side," notes the elder Koren -- but they eventually started exploring what they could do together.

"In New York we just, out of the love it, started hanging out and writing," recalls Koren, 31. "I think we wrote our first song together, like, 10 years ago. We didn't really think about it. It wasn't premeditated or anything. It just kind of happened.

"So we just kept doing it. One gig led to the next, and now we find ourselves here."

"Here" includes a third member -- percussionist Shakerleg (Mark Nicosia), who they discovered busking in a subway station -- and enough of a presence in the New York scene to snag a deal with Interscope Records. The trio's first single, "Gemstone," was produced by famed producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex) and will be released this fall, with an album due next year.

"We've handed the label, like, 35 songs, and they're really happy with a bunch of them," Koren says. "We want to keep recording while they're figuring out the (release) dates and all that stuff. We're hearing more and more ideas and different recording techniques.

"What we really want is a sound that rivals our live show. We're not sure if we've done that yet, so we're really grateful to have a little more time to keep at it and keep experimenting. But we want people to hear what we're doing, too, so we're definitely moving in that direction."

The Kin and Finding Vienna perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org. The groups also perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., Detroit. Cover is $5. Call 313-964-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com.

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