Golden Age Thinking

The Reckless Kind

Golden Age Thinking

Re-Release Date:
August 10, 2012

Original Release Date:

What if I were to tell you that members of classic Bay area punk bands AFI and American Steel had joined forces with a bunch of young whippersnappers and formed a band called The Reckless Kind, and that they play some of the dick-swingingest rock and roll this side of 1979 – with tunes that recall the best of Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy and even a little Exile-era Stones thrown in to keep it classy? I hear your skepticism, but man, it’s true! A far cry from the punk anthems of the sweaty clubs and Warped Tour fairgrounds that their more well-known members are known for, The Reckless Kind have the sort of effortless cocky swagger that will, if you play their songs loud enough, take you back in time to the age of denim-clad asskickery, and rock you so hard that you pass out in a pool of sweat and wake up pregnant with yourself. But that’s not the only trick The Reckless Kind has up their sleeves. They also croon out the soul, a-la the Stax sounds of yore. You’ll even find a trumpet or two on this motherfucker! It’s bombastic rock meets ‘time-to-fuck’ soul at its absolute best and it’s gonna be available on August 24, 2012 in the form of their upcoming debut full length, Golden Age Thinking, courtesy of upstart Oakland label Lugosi Records. So dust off your Zippos and hide your daughters, because The Reckless Kind is coming to rock you.

Here’s how it went down: Bay Area natives and long time collaborators Ben Coil and Brian Miu, starting with little more than a vague idea of what they wanted to do after the dissolution of their previous projects, started cranking out songs that were so magnetic that they attracted a golden voiced, walking embodiment of rock and roll named Phillip all the way from the hinterlands of Arizona to Northern California. There he decided to wear his sunglasses at night, grow a resplendent mane/beard combo that makes Simba from the Lion King look like Neo, fresh out of the Matrix, and lend his amazing pipes to the proceedings. Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Sean Reilly soon joined in on guitar and keys and was closely followed by Adam Carson from AFI on the drums.

When it came time to record Golden Age Thinking, The Reckless Kind enlisted Sharkbite Studios owner and resident knob-twiddler Ryan Massey, of American Steel/Communique fame, to do the honors.  Ryan, so turned on by the tunes that The Reckless Kind boys were cranking out in his studio, not only offered to put Golden Age Thinking out on his own Lugosi Records, but also muscled his way into the lineup as the sixth man, playing keys and guitars and singing backups. It’s not every day that a band goes in to make an album and comes out with a new member, unfettered access to a studio and a record label, folks. But in this case, that’s what all the fuss is about.

So, come see The Reckless Kind celebrate the launch of Lugosi Records and the release of Golden Age Thinking at Bottom of the Hill in SF on August 24th with American Steel. Or if you can’t make it, catch them when their limited touring schedule brings them closer to your home. Massey, who is the default band mouthpiece due to his being the keyboardist, guitarist, engineer, producer and label honcho all at the same time, has said that besides West Coast weekend dates, The Reckless Kind is planning on doing at least one full US tour this year. So don’t miss your chance this time, because by the next time they tour, if The Reckless Kind’s magnetic contagion continues like it’s been going, they’ll probably have like a hundred guys in the band. Consider yourselves warned.


Available on:
CD, Limited Edition Colored Vinyl, MP3

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Track Listing

1 - Somewhere Else
2 - Blood Everywhere
3 - Leave My Girl Alone
4 - Then Came Winter
5 - Sneaking Around
6 - Infinity To Go
7 - Lazy Bones
8 - It's Too Late
9 - How Long
10 American Nightmare
11 Hungry Hearts