The Perfect Children (Cincinnati)
The Perfect Children was formed by Cincinnati singer/guitarist/keyboardist Kristen Kreft, whose years of experience singing is evident in her booming, soulful pipes. With drummer Adam Shelton providing the primal backbeat, The Perfect Children’s songs are achingly raw and arranged sparingly, letting the from-the-gut vocals and melodies soar up front with an almost religious, Gospel fervor (especially when backing vocalists Beth Harris and Nicole Potter-Borngrebe wrap huge harmonies around Kreft’s voice). Recently adding bassist Victor Strunk to the lineup, The Perfect Children has increasingly become one of the more talked about original bands on the Greater Cincinnati club circuit. Working with the tools of American music originators in the fields of Blues, Folk, Soul and R&B, pure passion and pain drips from every note The Perfect Children plays, giving the band an air of authenticity that can’t be taught or learned.
YDIIYD: Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Holly Golightly. (MB)