Three-piece Kagoule are only 17-years of age. Emerging briefly last year with the demo ‘Made of Concrete’, the band drew the attention of both Radio 1 and XFM before hiding away to work on new material in their industrial hometown of Nottingham. They are now set to release their double-A debut single ‘Monarchy’/‘Mudhole’.
Kagoule’s music is a dreamlike, fuzz laden wall of sound. A warm, visceral noise which can quickly and effortlessly morph into glassy guitar chimes and melody, all carried along by a relentless - and at times hook-laden - sound of pounding drums and driving bass - all indicative in the building, all immersing ‘Mudhole’.
‘Monarchy’ plays a slight homage to 90s grunge, raising comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins with its echoes of headily heavy choruses laced with darkly ominous lyrics that are at the same time fantastical, and also bleakly direct - an unsettling mixture, delivered with a melodic sensibility all of their own.
It’s a sound at home also with American alternative bands, such as Fugazi. A sound which implodes to create mosh pits reminiscent of the late punk scene, most recently seen when they supported Iceage, a show which still went ahead, despite drummer Lawrence breaking his wrist the day before the gig.
‘Monarchy’/’Mudhole’ is an early and enticing foray into the bands dichotomy of light and dark mirrored by the black and white splatters on the releases limited vinyl. This debut release is part of a run of singles leading up to Kogoule’s debut album set for release in 2013.