Twin brothers Michael and Stephen Kline are two of the busiest men in local show-business. In addition to being well respected stand-up comedians, the duo host a highly entertaining podcast called Twin Face Kline and co-front the burgeoning indie-pop outfit known as The Community Bubble.
Tonight (Tuesday, July 16) the Kline brothers will celebrate their birthday with a special free performance by The Community Bubble at the Poplar Lounge. Both Michael and Stephen spoke to the Flyer this week about their various projects.
Memphis Flyer: What have you guys been up to since we last spoke?
Michael Kline: A lot of practicing. Because we see The Community Bubble as a living organism, the band line-up is forever changing . We love our current line-up because it gives us more opportunities to arrange since we have horns and woodwinds now. We've also written a lot of new songs and comedy bits for our Twin Face Kline podcast which is always a genuine blast.
Now that you've had some time to live with it, how do you feel about the debut album you put out last year?
Stephen Kline: It still makes us smile and there are a lot of nice melodies. A lot of folks really liked it. I just feel we could have done more with the arrangements. It did get across the whimsical and childlike aspects of our music pretty well.
Are you working on a new one?
Michael Kline: Yes. We have recently gotten access to some new recording gear, thanks to our personal George Martin, producer Jared Callan. The next album will still be super melodic, but touch on grander lyrical themes and have fuller arrangements. We're ready to make our magnum opus. We already have recorded a couple of songs for it that we're very excited about. One in particular, "Our Universe," is my attempt at an intergalactic/inter-dimensional anthem. It's got a great sing-along chorus.
Have you ever thought of doing an album of your comedy?
Michael Kline: Not really. Perhaps if I could do it in an unusual way with a twist.
What do you consider your main project - the band, the stand-up, or the podcast?
Stephen Kline: The Community Bubble is our passion. I love that we have the Twin Face Kline podcast because it's something that's very special to Michael and I. When we record those podcasts it doesn't feel much different than when we were doing it at seven-years-old into a cassette recorder. Stand up comedy is just fun, free therapy with no rules.
Is it hard to make time to maintain all of those projects? Does one come easier than the others?
Michael Kline: It's tough when you have to work a shitty job and you'd rather be home writing trumpet and sax parts for that evening's practice. It all comes pretty easy, it's fun and we're very sincere about our art so we never see it as a burden. We'd love to quit our day jobs, though.
Is there anything else you guys are working on?
Stephen Kline: Still trying to get more like-minded, kind, and love-oriented folks in our bubble. It's a wonderful place.
The Community Bubble/Twin Face Kline Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, July 16, 9 p.m.
The Poplar Lounge