Lost and Found – ksoard

August 6th, 2013

There are a lot of fake bands on Figment, but a lot of them have been abandoned by players who either got tired of developing them or simply popped in to try their hands at creating a band and lost interest soon after.  Regardless, there are some hidden treasures buried among these bands, and we aim to cast a spotlight on them and their creators in “Lost and Found”.

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ksoard is the focus of this installment of “Lost and Found.” She hasn’t been on the site in almost four and a half years, and yet the two bands she created could just as easily be found on the charts now as they were then.  Better yet, both bands couldn’t be more different stylistically.  Vestige is clearly an alternative rock band with dark overtones while Felt Tip Marker evoke a clear indie pop/rock feel.

With little or no band description ksoard is able to provide her bands with a clear identity purely through her use of appropriate images and font choices. Take Vestige’s “Of Flesh and Blood” for instance, one look and you know this is a band whose sound is heavy and certainly not mainstream fare.  Could the font choice be a bit better?  Maybe, but even the font gives it a alternative indie feel in my opinion, and when you combine it with the cover image you don’t need visuals of gore to feel the doom that lies within.

Felt Tip Marker on the other hand, give off a much lighter, fun, indie pop sensibility.  Again, the band description is minimal to say the least, but the band’s album covers, album and song titles (“This Song is NOT About You, Maybe”), and even its name give you a clear picture of what the band is all about.

Judging from these two bands and her Figment album collection, I can only surmise that ksoard’s taste in music runs the gamut, and because of that it’s a shame she didn’t continue to play our game.  I can only imagine what other types of bands she might have formed and how much her album cover designs, etc. would have progressed.

Regardless, we can get a pretty clear picture of her musical tastes in these two bands, and that’s why I for one still remember them.  Hopefully, you’ll take the time to acquaint or reacquaint yourself with them as well.

2 Responses to “Lost and Found – ksoard”

  1. theHoseman Says:

    This is great feature idea! When I first discovered Figment, I spent quite a bit of time scrolling through most of the existing bands and getting a feel for what people were creating. After a while, I didn’t dig into the back catalog as much. I’m sure there are lots of “abandoned” bands that would be fun to dig up!

  2. frizbee Says:

    I actually have Vestige’s “Of Flesh and Blood”, because I thought it was a great cover. I agree that the font choice could have been a bit better, but that’s typography is typically the weak point in most design work. While I think the band name on the cover looks added in, I always wondered if the album title itself wasn’t something already scrawled on the wall. It certainly has that kind of faded, weathered appearance you see with forgotten graffiti. Though, if it was something added to the image, then ksoard did a damn good job of making it look realistic.

    I also have all of Felt Tip Marker’s stuff, which I enjoyed. It’s sad to see such promising talent go by the wayside. Though, I have noticed a few long-lost players returning to the fold as of late, so maybe ksoard will come back around?

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