HPKNS – Soda Man – Single Review

The Australian blues-hop duo HPKNS released their début single Soda Man on the 20th.



There is something intoxicating about the contemplation of crunching blues riffs delivered to an EDM synthesis and HPKNS are fine exponents as exposed in Soda Man (available on bandcamp).

While the soaking guitar has you reaching for a whisky to savour and slowly drain, the vaguely House feel also finds you reaching for a shot of vodka to tip down the throat in a hurry. However, far from leaving the mind in a perpetual state of confusion, HPKNS are easily able to handle the slighter faster paced blues chords and finds the listener happily banging the table to the rhythm with a glass in each hand while feet stomp in joy.

Today seems to be one of featuring bands with their earliest releases and what a joy today is turning out to be –  akin to Max Chillen And The Kerbside Collective and 410 I am already looking forward to featuring HPKNS again in short order.


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410 is the new-wave trio of Zafer Yerlikaya (Guitar / Vocals), Fırat Anıl (Bass / Vocals) and Berkan Çalışkan (Drums) from Beyoğlu in Turkey.

410 - new-wave from Turkey


Relatively newly out of the blocks, forming towards the tail end of last year, 410 is a band to get to know post-haste as their grumbling songs of protest, redolent of a country seemingly forever at war with itself within the various factions springing up in rapid succession.  410 create music that will resonate for all those from where-ever in the world who are fed-up with the old way of doing things and just want to see irrelevant festering bigotries sliced away like the gangrenous appendages they have become.

The dark menacing tones of the tracks weigh heavily reflecting of the crushing of opportunity as 410 deliver tightly compressed waves of sound that batter in to the audience.

Although not long in existence 410 are already establishing a loyal live performance following and their début five track EP Bağırdım Sokaklarda (available on bandcamp) deserves to enable them to discover a broader international audience – Turkish speaker or not – as the collection of protest material has immediate global relevance.

The track I have chosen to feature to introduce 410Çöp (Rubbish) – perhaps serves as a perfect song title for English speakers whether taken in translation or the immediate untranslated as read in English.

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