Introduction / Music Review: King Kartel
By Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine
King Kartel, self-announced as “a band without compromise” is just that, an honest voice of the new UK generation. Based out of Manchester England, singer Hugh McCreesh’s leads a unit of inventive and talented musicians through a modern “post-Punk” inspired repertoire of bright and vibrant music, vocals that stand out among other bands, which rely on glitz than true talent. I would say that Hugh, Mo, Tom and Mick have what it takes to make the message of their music matter.
Their music – loud and radio-friendly (but nowhere near the boring “Euro-Pop” that flows like water through the US airwaves) is heavy and speaks to their audience as only real British Rockers can.
Their intrinsic moody tones reverberate and create a synergy that is melodic and hypnotic. They draw their style from influences such as The Libertines, The Beatles, The Courteeners, The Vaccines, Oasis, Stone Roses, and The White Stripes.
King Kartel’s music has a backbeat of driving rhythms with a mix of modern / bright guitar work and unpretentious vocals for today’s youth, but I would compare them to early works of The Clash mixed with Post pop music such as 80’s icons like the Sugarcubes or the introspective lyrical content of The Smiths, but without the dark or depressing prose.
King Kartel is not afraid to poise themselves in front of the mirror and see themselves for what they are and show in their music the face of youth trying to make sense of a crazy world they will soon inherit and try to repair.
King Kartel has released several songs, available to listen to on Soundcloud and I would presume is working their way towards a fantastic national release, but on their website http://www.kingkartel.com, They make no reference to an album, but direct their fans and new followers to their YouTube site to view performance videos and online social sites to listen and share their music, I would suggest you see and share their music and follow their progress.
King Kartel will be releasing their Debut EP due out on October 1st of this year. Tentatively, it will be called ‘Not Done Fighting’. The title track has already been well received and getting strong airplay on BBC.
With upbeat tracks like “How’d He Ever Pull That” to driving anthems like “Stone Cold Killer” and “Artillery” it is obvious that King Kartel has the right to rule the night club scene and will definitely move up to the ranks of Rock and Roll royalty.
Visit their Soundcloud page and give a listen to your new Best Mates across the pond!
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