Kali Masi Promo Photo (Credit to Chris Bauer)


Kali Masi

“Some Friends”


words by tom johnson

First things first, Kali Masi used to be called The Howl, so if you’re recognising voices and faces then now you know why. Changing their moniker earlier this year, due to the amount of other bands using that title, the Chicago quartet return today, new name and all, to announce that their debut record, Wind Instrument, will be released later this year via the ever-formidable Take This To Heart Records.

A rabid and raucous undertaking, the track teases refinement with that opening, swaying guitar line before the whole thing leaps thrillingly in to life, never once letting up as it rips through its breathless two-minutes. “You’re not so funny when you’re mean to me,” Sam Porter hollers, defining the unrest that punctuates throughout “Some Friends” with one simple turn of phrase. Produced by Jay Maas (Defeater, Polar Bear Club, Vanna), the new record, and notably this brilliant start-point, feeling teeming with life; the kind of thick-edged, wholesome brand of emo that careers like a freight train through the very heart of your day.

You’ll have to wait until October 6th for the full album (pre-orders here), but you can go ahead and stream “Some Friends” below right now. Check it out:

‘Wind Instrument’ is released on October 6th, via Take This To Heart Records

You can pre-order it here


Tour dates:

08/05 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeares Lower
08/06 – Saint Louis, MO @ Foam
08/07 – Merriam, MO @ Aftershock
08/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
08/09 – Denton, TX @ Backyard on Bell
08/10 – Austin, TX @ The Peach Pit
08/11 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
08/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
08/13 – Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
08/14 – Tallahassee, FL @ Franklin Manor
08/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Shanty Town
08/16 – Savannah, GA @ Space Station
08/17 – Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
08/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Dead House
08/19 – Birmingham, AL @ TBA
08/20 – Memphis, TN @ Growler’s
08/21 – Carbondale, IL @ Lost Cross




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