It was back in early 2015 the electro-indie outfit from the USA – Rakunk were introduced.
Electronics feature far more heavily in more recent material which is still a contagion of scurrying dropped string bass and flustered guitar with skins now being replaced by drum pads and loops which gives the output the feeling of Dijon Mustard to the tongue – at once enticingly familiar whilst simultaneously always surprising for its tartness.
The most recent track Turn the Power On is a fusillade betwixt electrodynamics resulting in a soldering of soft links that melts into the mind.
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Rakunk an indie-rock quartet from Chicago in the USA is Thomas Benko (Drums), Taylor Briggs (Bass), Jonathan McIntire (Vocals / Guitar) and Tames McTigue (Guitar).
Just goes to show how much the fronts flail around Chicago as Rakunk is a back to back review of bands from The Windy City. Not that I am complaining and hopefully you won’t be either. The quartet offer a completely different vortex of sounds as they deliver a knife slicing across the room that locks sharply to the plaster.
A tempestuous reflective of swarming guitars that remind of red-ants on the move usher the compositions around the ears, whilst percussion stands guard to pick up stray embers as the bass spearheads the sounds. A vocal triumphantly strides across the torn landscape as Rakunk sheers the ears.
The confident delivery allows the listener to become transfixed by the shifting soundscape of discovery that the quartet offer with tracks that blend progressive rock with fidget to provide the ears with music that transcends geo-political boundaries. A tumultuous beginning saw Rakunk with a line-up change in the middle of last year, that they have been able to absorb with maturity of bands far older.
Having had the opportunity to hear the début eponymously named four track EP set for release on the 27th – I would certainly recommend you grab hold of it when it surfaces.
I look forward to writing more about Rakunk over the coming years as, if they are able to maintain momentum – they are a quartet to get to know now before you and I baulk at the ticket prices.