Kight ~ Fight To Fly
By Taylor Van Arsdale
Photos Courtesy of Kight
Imagine 30 Seconds To Mars with the kinetic frenzy of Blink 182 and you’ve got Kight. Dubbing themselves a “pop alternative” band, this Seattle-based group featuring Sean Machak (vocals, synth and guitar), Niko Hloptsidis (lead guitar), Jake Malinowski (bass) and Taylor Brown (drums) has got a lot of great stuff going on.
It’s partially due to Sean Machak—the vocalist’s ardent, youthful voice. He’s not simply singing, but rather pleading with fans to hear his words, and because of his delivery you’ll find yourself compelled to stop and listen. That desire to connect with fans is also the group’s mission statement. Yes, they have a mission statement and it goes like this: “We try to write music to inspire. Music that people can connect with that helps them overcome daily tribulations, and thrive in this adventure we call life. Our Kight is helping you find yours through our music.”
Kight is about “being the best you can be, especially in the face of adversity,” says Machak, who defines it is as, “Something a person is passionate about that requires dedication to support or achieve.”
The band’s name is also a play-on-words, representing a kite’s “fight to fly,” hence the title of the band’s 2014 debut album. Machak says, “Fight To Fly is the best results of over six years of song writing. The first single off the album, is a song that reminds us that wherever life takes us, the “Heart is the Home.” It’s a song about finding love, and balancing the pursuit of it as a travelling musician. The chorus explains that wherever you have love you will always feel at home.”
There’s something undeniably hooky about the single, “The Heart Is The Home.” You’ll find yourself singing it as you putter around. The other notable tracks on the album include, the acoustic “All At Once,” the synth-blended “Ad Astra Per Astara,” and the harder-edged, “Here With Me.” The tone of the songs calls to mind those bands of the late 90’s that did so well on stations like KROQ and 91X. While this is the band’s first endeavor, we’re thinking we’ll be hearing great things from them.
They have a gig coming up in Seattle, WA at El Corazon June 14th for their CD release. Doors at 7:00 PM. Show at 7:30 PM. Tickets $10 advance or $12 door. For more info: