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Meet Kenn Jankowski: Lead Singer of the Republic Tigers Talks About His Latest Album, Vampires, and Chuck

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Keep Color, the Republic Tigers' debut disk has been attracting attention since it's release in April of last year. "It’s a sound that’s half organic and half synthetic, kind of like how all our lives are now,” says Jankowski. “It’s the common theme throughout all of the songs and we tried to approach it audibly as well.” Jankowski was kind enough to speak to us this weekend before the Republic Tigers show Wiltern this Friday night. Here is some of what was said.

What made you pick up an instrument?
I was fourth grade, so however old that is. Nine? I played the trumpet.

How long did you play?
Oh, I still play! I played the trumpet and trombone on the album. I kept playing through high school. When I was seventeen I picked up the guitar.

That's fantastic. Do you ever play the trumpet on stage?
(laughs) Nah, it gets in the way of the singing, but maybe I'll write some solos in next time around.