KynchinLay – dark age – EP Review

It was just under a year ago that the English alt-rock band KynchinLay last featured. They released the five track EP dark age on the 18th.

KynchinLay - dark age - artwork

KynchinLay – dark age – artwork

Opening that appropriately named EP is a barrage of percussion before leading into whirling guitars that set a sense of industrial wasteland. Suddenly I Be Hopin finds a space of light in a fleeting presence, before the dark clouds of menace descend again in a fusillade of guitar and bass.

Next is Wide Awake, which has an acoustic entrance with a half-spoken lyric of social commentary. Slowly the bass and percussion pick up the reigns, to be accompanied by keys, giving the track a sense of building intensity, before cutting out abruptly to the whispered question – Are You Wide Awake?

Back To What She Knows marks the middle of dark age and unsurprisingly my pick of the release as it opens with a pummelling bass. KynchinLay are able, in this three minutes and twenty four seconds to take the listener through a film score, with guitars that take on a glistening echoing reverb making this not only my pick of the release, but the best track I have heard by the band.

BatJazz finds dark age moving in and out of the reggae off-beat and Eastern Mysticism in a pile-drive of a number that lasts just under five and a half minutes, which should make this my pick for the EP and in the normal course of events would, but KynchinLay have put together a superb release where any of the tracks would stand as a top-notch introduction to the band.

Closing out dark age is Shudder a good old-fashioned R&B number and again Kynchinlay pack the track with compressed coiled energy that hammers its way around the room.

The only thing to do having played through the EP is to immediately play it again – well worth adding to the collection.

dark age is available on bandcamp.

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New Year Ninety 2015 – 50 to 41

With more musicians from around the globe – in this section six countries are represented.

New Year Ninety 2015 - 50 to 41

New Year Ninety 

The New Year Ninety 50 to 41.

50. Kiwi Time (USA)

It’s Kiwi Time – EP – Kiwi Time is available on iTunes.*

49. Mechanimal (Greece)

48. The Orange Strips (Croatia)

47. Plastique (England)

#SocialScar – Plastique is available on iTunes.*

46. The Love Barons (England)

45. Victoria Moralez (Sweden)

Justify Your Lies – Single – Victoria Moralez is available on iTunes.*

44. KynchinLay (England)

43. Broad & Narrow (Canada)

We Saw This Coming – Broad & Narrow is available on iTunes.*

42. Blood Sport (England)

41. Wolf Hut (USA)

Forest Floors – Single – Wolf Hut is available on iTunes.*

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KynchinLay – Drink Me – EP Review

KynchinLay from England are on the brink of releasing their five track EP Drink Me.

KynchinLay - Drink Me

KynchinLay – Drink Me

It is always a pleasure to receive hard copies of releases and it is even more appreciated when it is one of only two hundred CDs available. You may recall in my review of KynchinLay back in August I bemoaned the lack of an EP and Drink Me more than makes up for the wait.

Opening with the discordant Leave Me Alone, the band set out the mood of the release, with its brooding presence, casting clouds around the room as the trio deliver a menacing opener which is filled with melodic textures giving the track the sense of an impeding tempest in a piece which extends to a second under four minutes.

The acoustic Live Free Or Die finds the band in a completely unexpected space as the social commentary of the lyric is given centre stage. This is a powerful and superbly executed piece of song writing. Dylan, Gospel, Folk and Hammond Organ combine in a piece of music you just need to replay immediately. I recommend getting hold of the CD and the Digital Download on it’s release in May for this track alone.


Next up comes Public Execution which takes the listener back to the darkness of the trio. KynchinLay have the ability to write songs which develop the mood of the lyrical content within the instrumentation and off-stage sounds, giving the audience both an immediate auditory enjoyment, whilst creating additional context to the pieces.

Dogfathers deploys the bass that as you well know is always my very reason for existence and for the fact of the depth of resonance, my pick of the release.

With sadness we come to the final track My Heart the off beat reggae / Klezmer influenced composition lifts away the gloomy clouds of Drink Me as Kynchilay deliver a gem of a release.

You have a few hours head-start to contact the band to place an order for the CD as the official launch of the CD is this evening in Liverpool at Threshold. My thoughts – if you are near to Liverpool, change your plans for this evening. If you can’t make it or want to ensure you have a copy of the CD drop them a message via their Facebook Page, as, at present the website is being finalised.

I hope the release of Drink Me gives Kynchinlay the step up the ladder they richly deserve as they are highly talented song writers and musicians with much to offer an International audience.

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KynchinLay

KynchinLay an alt indie band from Liverpool centres around K G Wilson (Vocals / Guitar), Damien Welsh (Drums) and Mal Williams (Bass).

KynchinLay - alt indie from England

KynchinLay

There are a melange of retrospective new wave and ska influences that weave their way through the music of KynchinLay, that isn’t to say this is a tour through the history books as the material breathes of the moment.

The contemplative sounds slide out of the speakers in black clouds of angst that wrap around the head in an enveloping embrace, as percussion and bass lay the frame for the compositions. The arterial flow comes through a precise guitar over which plays the vocal commentary of the social mores of the environment around. The tracks are varied in texture and whilst each stands well on its own the cohesion of the full spread far better demonstrates the abilities of the band.


The highly creative musicians whilst extrapolating the conundrums of the times, also seem somewhat inextricably caught up in them as they continue to release singles rather than doing what makes more sense to the listener – combining them together to give a full perspective.

I have been in contact with the band for some time and it is when I now put fingers to keyboard that I am able to define what I find frustrating and has held me back so far. Please let the songs out in one EP as in context it all makes far more sense than disjointed singles. Sure I appreciate that many people prefer to purchase singles, but if the music needs releasing as a body of work, then it needs releasing as a body of work. I am sort of drawn to the concept – had Sham 69 released the fourteen tracks of That’s Life one by one, would it have made sense? I fear that while KynchinLay have so much to offer they are being prescriptive in the doses they allow the fans to hear.

However if you happen to be anywhere near where they are playing live, then I am sure it is a different story as the music that they do release on recording is of the highest quality and it is a pleasure to introduce KynchinLay to Emerging Indie Bands.

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