Kenton Place showcases alternative rock

Band keeps a pivotal decade of music alive

Houston-based rockers Kenton Place are continuing the 90’s alternative, hard rock, and grunge scene into the 2020s. The four-piece band recently released their track, Pride Never Lasts, and is deserving of all of the praise they received for their organic balls to the wall rock sound.

The childhood friends consisting of vocalist/guitarist Logan Smalley (Smalls), drummer Noe Hernandez (Fez), lead guitarist Roque Techera (Rock, the hero), and bass guitarist Curtis Bird (Mr. Bird) decided on the name Kenton Place to pay tribute to the place that provided them with so many childhood memories and honor their roots.

The band teamed with award-winning producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones and Slipknot) and Grammy-winning mastering engineer Ted Jensen (Evanescence, Green Day, Billy Joel and Norah Jones). Together, the team has produced an authentic rock sound that is hard to miss.

Kenton Place’s sound could be described as a blend of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Pantera, and Rush. They certainly have the guitar chops and vocal abilities that match or surpass their predecessors as they keep their music very engaging.

The band is rapidly building a fanbase following their debut EP, Terminal, which hit streaming outlets earlier this year. Terminal focuses on the five stages of grief as they relate to the band members and the human experience as a whole. Pride Never Lasts taps into the final stage of grief — acceptance — with their signature poetic and emotional lyrics.

Kenton Place may be best known regionally, having played SXSW and their music heard on a Houston rock station, but it’s only a matter of time before they become known on a global level. They would fit well opening for Metallica or Guns N Roses if given the opportunity.

Pride Never Lasts is now available for streaming everywhere, including Spotify. Houston fans can check them out May 29th at Acadia Bar & Grill and on June 23rd with Canadian alternative rock band 13 Friday’s.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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