STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7554-7311 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Peter Bate
Following Cummings' helpless rantings back in CR20, Blackpool-based rocksters K have finally submitted their 'new' (it's been out for the best part of a year) album 'Know' for review and it's not before time too. One listen through this 6-track recording is enough to reveal how the band have established a 2,000 strong I mailing list, tour dates with Eden Burning and a headline spot at this I year's Greenbelt. It seems that I their punchy, indie-rock sound has | done enough to attract a wide fan ] base without having to sink into the | glib, dearth-laden mood of so | much of today's 'alternative' | sounds. 'Know', produced by Nigel I Palmer (whose previous clients I have included T'Pau, Fat And ; Frantic and lona) chooses, I refreshingly, to bypass grunge. Instead, songwriter/frontman Keith Ayling's vocals are placed on top of a driving rhythm section punctuated with precise, forceful guitars and melodic keyboards. The album is permeated with infectious energy; take the manic "Crazy" for example. Choosing a standout track is not easy although "The Last Time" comes close with its church-like organ sounds and catchy chorus. Keith's lyrics are both searching and honest whilst remaining essentially positive throughout. "Hide" is a passionate plea from a weary believer who just needs to know God's love. K are a band on the cutting edge. As they mature hopefully they will remain there and in turn be able to continue to, as they perform, bring hope to those who need to know.
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