LAIKIPIA, “The Hits Keep Coming”
If you Google Laikipia, you’ll find that it is the name of a county in Kenya. I don’t know if that’s related with the same-named UK-American duo that is Xander Rawlins and Taylor Harrison, but it could be part of the “sonic universe” connection that we all have in their world of music. When a former platoon commander in Afghanistan meets up with a sci-fi loving musician, you know there are plenty of stories to tell. “The Hits Keep Coming”, from their new album All Hail Hyperion, is an ear-grabbing rocker that doesn’t beat around the bush – life is full of ups and downs, and you may feel that you keep getting hit with the downs more than others. So we work through them all and celebrate the good times. Although Laikipia’s sound isn’t as grand as Imagine Dragons, “Hits” is equally as spirited as some of their best songs, while it also seems to take cues from classic working class heroes as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Tom Petty, without necessarily being wrapped up in what I would call Americana themes. “The Hits Keep Coming” is a solid introduction to Laikipia, who have also been well-reviewed for live performances mainly in the L.A. area.