There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. As The Smoking Flowers, the East Nashville-based couple has discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find: a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as them. The second their wild feet touch the stage they exude just how tenured they truly are. The band has released five LPs on their own Bandaloop Records imprint, earning critical plaudits while gaining a large fanbase on the strength of their powerful live shows and relentless touring schedule. On 2018’s Let’s Die Together, the band’s most-recent full length, The Collins’ applied their fiery sound to songs that took an unflinching look at Kim’s breast cancer diagnosis and their united front against it. In a review of that record, New Noise Magazine hailed the duo’s “unique ability to fuse loud, thriving ’90s rock guitars with a vintage feeling akin to their Nashville home. While some would call what the husband and wife team have chemistry, on this phenomenal album it seems pretty close to magic. “
Now, The Smoking Flowers return with a gritty EP that finds them turning from the personal and towards the political. On the Patriocrisy EP, they attack some of the most pressing issues of this fraught time, from climate change to the devolution of our civic institutions. Hear three of the EP’s six songs – the title track, “Carry The Torch,” and “Oceans Are Rising” – now.
RIYL: The Raconteurs, Black Keys, Cold War Kids, The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deer Tick, The Civil Wars, Brandi Carlile, The MC5
FCC Warning: Track 3, “Patriocrisy.” Sampler includes a clean edit on Track 4.
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