A few months ago, I got a relatively unassuming e-mail from the band Kingsbury, telling me that I’ve written about some of the bands they like (Calla and Radiohead in particular) and that, perhaps, I would like their tunes as well. As luck would have it, I do. Perhaps this is because they actually let the bands they like influence their music, which is a good thing to do when you have good influences. Corpse is a very Calla-esque song, Desert Inn sounds influenced by both, and The Great Compromise is back to Calla again. Some could take that to mean that since Kingsbury is arguably derivative of these bands that they’re somehow less talented. I, for one, would disagree with that. To make music at the quality necessary to be considered derivative of those bands takes a level of talent that most bands can’t even imagine. Judging by the state of music today, most bands don’t even try. Not only does Kingsbury try, but they clearly succeed.