Drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Life is a drug, intoxicating your mind, your actions, and everything around you. Free it up with some of this: Kingdoms. Take 2 a day ... ahhh screw it, take as much as you damn well please. What once was a singer/songwriter project by frontman, Brayden Pierce, has now blossomed into something quite unique, yet hauntingly familiar. He's known his bandmate/keyboard guru, Matt Walerstein, for 8 years ... a combo no one could ever predict being that the extent of their relationship was the occasional legendary night around town. After their first session in the Spring of 2013, it was clear that magic was happening in the form of hip little songs that made you move. They decided to keep on with it. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Chad Nini came along and fit a piece of the puzzle that Kingdoms needed: a killer guitarist with dj/producer skills. All three together, this triad has so much power the ancient Egyptians would be proud. Brayden says that the music reveals itself in the songwriting process, like chipping away at a sculpture with lyrics confessing struggles with love, deep reflections on revolution and what it means to be “awakened” in the modern world we live in today. Kingdoms just launched their debut studio EP in April 2014 and can be found on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else. Kingdoms is an alternative synthpop band with sexified synth and guitars and driving beats that intertwine with powerful vocal lines giving this group a sound all their own. They also remind listeners of bands like Coldplay, The Killers, Chvrches, Local Natives and Jeff Buckley. The band name Kingdoms comes from the philosophical principle of impermanence. (Anonymous Review from iTunes) Kingdoms' brilliant debut ep fuses a bit of Phoenix, Ra Ra Riot and the Strokes (although the vocalist is much stronger than Julian). Clearly the band has paid attention to the John Hughes films of the 80's with the clever flourishes of New Order-esque (marr/summner collaboration spin-off electronic), OMD, even pet shop boys synths, yet they create a sound that is entirely of today. In a perfect world, the song 'capture the moon' (a quintessential summer single) would be blaring from radios across the land. It's chorus (with it's light nod/homage to George Harrison's 'while my guitar gently weeps' and then later nicely nicked by Noel on Liam's falsetto chorus of 'she's electric') will be ringing in your head for days long after the 23 min ep's last note has been played. Kingdoms' future is very bright.