Monday, 29 October 2012

KOBI.....or not KOBI.....that is the question.....

KOBI - Dingwall High Street

In keeping with the strong resurgence of Scottish Indie bands over the last two years KOBI have returned to the fray with their recently released single 'Fight' and a batch of successful gigs including Ironworks and Lemon Tree up north and venturing down to King Tut's in Glasgow and Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh, as well as taking to the Main Stage on the Saturday at Belladrum Festival and The Clash Tent at Rockness Festival.  Not bad as they'd parted ways musically seven years previously and only reformed last year.

Let's not dwell on the past though, let's look at what's happening with KOBI now.  The bands line up is Gary Tain - Vocals/Guitar, Steve Robertson - Bass, Caroline Truslove - Guitar and Dave Smith - Drums and it has to be said they're well into their groove with the new single 'Fight' written by Gary Thain.  It's a heavy, dark track that  cleverly hangs on to an addictive (here's that word again) anthemic feel. 

 It's an undeniably Scottish track and with it's heavy bass, classy guitar and plaintive vocals make it the perfect tune for next years Festival circuit, on which they should feature strongly.

The 'B' side of 'Fight' is a Them & Us remix of 'A New Before' bringing a bit of electronica to KOBI giving it a dance floor feel, definitely one to get up and get down with your bad self to.  Got to be a favourite at their more intimate gigs.

The final track I'll take a look at is the deeply dark and delicious 'Sinister' with it's infectious, heavy base line all the way through and haunting guitar that pushes it to a climax.  This track reinforces the fact that KOBI have reached a new level of creativity.


The big news for last year was their support for the inimitable Glasvegas at The Inverness Ironworks leg of their 'Glasvegas December' tour.  Dates up now are 29th March, Mad Hatters in Inverness and 30th March, Nice 'n' Sleazy in Glasgow.

On my part I hope that they consider making a foray South as the music they're producing would sit well in the North West of England where there's a vibrant Indie scene in both Manchester and Liverpool. Just ask Fife band Modern Faces who are regulars.

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