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Mike Krol

Agent: Duncan Smith | Territory: EU/UK


Power Chords, Mike Krol’s new Merge release, wields the same influences as 2015s Turkey—Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones—but turned up on the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies.

Music ruined Krol’s life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record—painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.