Tuesday, 10 September 2013


Higher cover art

Whilst sitting in the kennel, patiently waiting for the latest release by Rubberbear and sulking because they've got their first gig on when I'm off on holiday - a tweet took my eye regarding fellow Manchester band Kidsmoke who've just released their debut EP 'Higher'.  So as a Jack Russel and inquisitive by nature I stuck the headphones on and had a listen in.  Lo and behold they've put together four tracks of quite lovely Indie Pop which even they admit is influenced by the usual Manchester suspects.

Kidsmoke are Lance Williams, James Stickels, Tomas Hassall and Chris Trow and despite being long time friends they've only formed as a unit in early 2013.  That being said they've come up with a solid, eminently listenable debut EP.  The lead track 'Higher' kicks off with an almost psychedelic/60's California vocal and guitar which goes into shades of Prefab Sprout  and I'm hooked. 

Second track 'Take Me To The River' seems to have it's foundations in a slightly Americanised version of The Cure or New Order 'a la' Wild Nothing.  It's a bouncier track that I can see becoming a fans favourite.  'Tired City Love' on the other hand is a lighter, poppier sound.  It's catchy and for me, a possible single release.  Final track, the aptly named 'Conclusion' has Pete Hook-esque bass-line with Roddy Frame guitar overlaid and a soft vocal that might just be my favourite track.

Let's hope we hear more from these shiny bright young things soon...Kidsmoke are very much on the right track, take a chance and go see them if you can on 10th September in Manchester's Deaf Institute supporting Cayucas or 19th October in Kraak.

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