Canadian rock band KIROS (a Greek word meaning “a moment of divine time”) formed in the early 2000’s after Barry MacKichan and Ryan Guerra met at a church youth group. The band has recently released their full-length album Lay Your Weapons Down (Ain’t no Grave Records, a division of Century Media). The album was produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, House of Heroes) and is a blend of melodic rock, infectious hooks and faith-based lyrics.
In a recent interview with vocalist and bassist Barry MacKichan, he talked about the new album and his start in the music business. His earliest influences included classical music as he started playing piano at a young age. While playing in a local garage band, he decided to get motivated and try to make a career out of music. His hard work paid off and KIROS is quickly gaining fans everywhere they perform.
When asked how to describe the music of KIROS to someone who hasn’t heard them, he said “It’s an eclectic sound that goes across several genres: alternative, rock, pop and punk.” Their latest release was three years in the making, and it was recorded in two parts in 2010 and 2011. It’s a concept album about a personal journey of internally struggling to find hope, purpose and redemption. As to where the idea came from, MacKichan said, “There’s a story in the Bible about the Prodigal Son and how he walks away from his father…we took that story and created our own and modernized it.” Standout songs from the album include “Outlaws & Prodigals”, “Unshaken” and “Found Me.” The messages in the songs are positive and the songs range from melodic to heavy. It’s a must have for any rock fan.
KIROS works together when it comes to songwriting, although they have no set formula or pattern. MacKichan told me that his favorite song to perform off the new album is “Unshaken” because it’s the radio single and people sing along at the shows. The band has a full touring schedule planned for the rest of this year, so be on the lookout for them in your area.
MacKichan has a message for fans: “We work with World Vision to help end child slavery, child prostitution, and child soldiers. We think there is a lot of injustice in the world and we want to change that as much as we can.” Check out this link for more information about this great cause: www.humanwrong.org.
KIROS is: Barry MacKichan (lead vocals/bass), Ryan Guerra (guitar/vocals), Tyler Wells (drums) and Jonathan Lujan (guitar/vocals)
Lay Your Weapons Down track listing:
- Broken State
- One Thing
- Outlaws and Prodigals
- What Can Stop Me Now
- Good Intentions, Bad Directions
- Passing Through
- Found Me
- Desperation Calls
- Something Beautiful
For more information about KIROS: www.facebook.com/kirosband