Wednesday, 20 November 2013

EP: KID KARATE - LIGHTS OUT

Vocalist and guitarist Kevin Breen and drummer Steven Gannon make up Kid Karate, a duo from Dublin who earlier this year released their EP 'Lights Out'. Get prepared for big riffs, big drums, big vocals, basically it's just a big slice of rock pie. BIG.

To start let's mention some similar sounding bands to Kid Karate, such as, and in no particular order, - Black Keys, DZ Deathrays, Middle Class Rut, Jack White, Fugazi...I could go on, but I think you'll get the picture. This is loud, unashamedly brash rock music that is built upon monster riffs and driven forward by Gannon's tribal drumming, amongst which all the while your brain gets melted by Kevin Breen's manic vocals. 

'Two Times', the lead track from the record, is a perfect introduction to the band. You'll be sure to have lyrics such as 'I ain't comin' back, you won't hear from me no more!' seared into your brain after just one listen. The music may sound simple yet it's this raw element that makes it so exciting, good rock music should be like this, letting the listener in easily before holding onto them for dear life kicking and screaming!

Other tracks on the EP include the slow burning 'Heart', and the groovy as fuck 'This City'. The record closes with 'You Need Violence', which is perhaps the most different sounding track on the album, featuring a higher tempo and a relentless drive to punish the listener throughout. 

'Lights Out' is one of the most exhilarating EP's we've come across this year, a record that has a singular desire from Kid Karate to utilise raw passion and determination to celebrate all that is great with rock music. *Much recommended for you rock heads out there! // Kid Karate

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

EP: VANCE JOY - GOD ONLY LOVES YOU WHEN YOU'RE DANCING

Vance Joy is an Australian singer songwriter from Melbourne, who later this month releases his latest body of work, an EP titled 'God Only Loves You When You're Dancing' which is coming out through Infectious Music on November 25th. He visited the UK for a mini tour last month and will return again before the end of the year with a one-off show at St Stephens Church on December 4th.

Having already had airplay on Radio 1 and a critically acclaimed performance at this years SXSW, not to mention the proposed recording of an album for Atlantic next year, it's fair to say this EP is a fair reflection of where Vance Joy is at, as well as where he is going in the future.

'Emmylou' is the first track on the EP, a beautiful introduction to the vocal prowess that Joy commands, his voice sounds believable, a striking combination of fragility and confidence. The track builds slowly at first with just a guitar, but gradually more elements are added almost seamlessly before we've almost entered pop territory without even noticing it. 'Riptide' is the single of the record, clearly taking reference from folk such as the Lumineers with big heartfelt vocals which are hard to not get taken in by. 

'Play With Fire' carries on in a similar vain, but it is 'Snaggletooth' where we discover a different dimension to the record. Here emphasis is again placed upon both the vocal delivery and lyrics, as well as some gorgeous strings which give the song extra oomph. There's some guitar finger picking action half way through which breaks things up, but it is the appreciation of space within the song which sets it apart from others on the EP and suggests at greater depth possible on a longer record. The album finishes with 'From Afar', a romantic song that will touch the majority of us and is a lovely way to finish the EP.

Comparisons with Vance Joy can be drawn with the likes of singer songwriters such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Keaton Henson, but you can also pick out the likes of The Lumineers and The National within his work, meaning 'God Only Loves You When You're Dancing' is a record that should please many and his is a name we should look out for in the year to come. // Vance Joy // Infectious Music

Saturday, 2 November 2013

NEW MUSIC: DRENGE

One of the more exciting bands to emerge in recent times are Drenge, a sibling duo from Sheffield (Rory and Eoin Loveless), who recently released their debut self titled album on Infectious Music

Combining grunge and garage rock there is a real swagger to their music which oozes self confidence, and is pure heaven for those of us who are head bangers / foot tappers. 

Be sure to check them out live when they are supporting Peace on their UK tour in December! / Drenge // Infectious Music