Megan Jean and the KFB
Gabe’s — Sunday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m.
Americana band Megan Jean and the KFB take the stage Sunday at Gabe’s. The Americana description is a bit of a loose one as the married duo, Megan Jean and Byrne Klay, also identifies with descriptors like punk, dance and “a metal band, if it was 1927.” But with an emphasis on banjo and folk percussion, the band has plenty to offer to roots music fans.
With song titles like “Last Days,” “The Dead Show” and “Cemetery Man,” the band’ wears a fascination with death on it’s sleeve. Their morbid yet captivating lyrics take on a particularly ghostly feel when Jean belts them out against seemingly innocent ragtime-style arrangements. “These Bones,” a critic’s favorite off their most recent album, The Devil Himself, manages to frame even the band’s wanderlust in macabre terms, promising to send the listener “postcards from the afterlife.”
Otherworldly postcards aside, Jean and Klay seem content with being on a seemingly never-ending tour. They’ve been playing city after city without a home address for over two and a half years. According to the group’s blog, the nomadic couple finds comfort in riding their van across the country without worry of anything besides travel and most importantly, the music.