Kenton Place Presents “Haley’s Comet”
Anyone who has been around the block once or twice has probably had the unpleasant experience of moving through the five stages of grief. Call it a rite of passage, or perhaps it’s just one of the more grizzly sides of life. Come hell or high water, and if you live long enough, denial is something you are going to have to face.
For Texas-based band Kenton Place, their trial run-through denial comes in the form of what will prove to be an instant classic, “Haley’s Comet.”
The track itself is a splintering account of the aches, pains, and lurching sensations one feels as one stares at the bastard that is in denial in its cold, unprepossessing face. Heart on its sleeve, the members of Kenton Place serve to pinch our consciousness as the track kicks off via hard-edged rock licks and rhythmic basslines sure to keep listeners coming back for more and more.
Time and time again, the song threatens the listener with its infectious grooves and hook-laden choruses. It’s a bit of a conundrum, or perhaps something of sensory overload meets perceptible bliss, as anyone who dares bear witness to the track will find themselves straddling the line between hitting pause to stop the emotional bleeding and hitting repeat to bask in its defiant resonance.
According to Kenton Place, “Haley’s Comet” is the band’s “most important song,” as it signifies the first “true song” the group wrote, and also, the track was first played on the very same day that bass guitarist Curtis Bird left town, which left Kenton Place in a limbo of sorts at the time.
All-in-all, “Haley’s Comet” serves as a proverbial sign marker for Kenton Place. It is a snapshot of a particular moment in time within the young band’s history. For listeners, the track represents something of a life lesson. And that while denial is a stage we all must face at one point or another, the sensation itself is fleeting, much in the way the actual Haley’s Comet is – if you’ve got the stomach to survive it.
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