Klac Tik – The Servants

Klac Tik.  As names go it’s original and unique; some might go as far as weird.  These are just three of the words that describe the ten track experience that is The Servants.  Klac Tik combine sounds effortlessly and creatively to create sound-scapes that will transport your mind and give it something to ponder in the process.  Sit back, ideally with headphones the size of a small house strapped to your head, and get ready to visit more places than an indecisive millionaire.

St Barnaby’s Lurch introduces you to Klac Tik’s sound.  Within the first minute you’re treated to a dark but persistent acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies that verge on choral.  As St Barnaby’s Lurch reaches it’s chorus the tone of the track becomes happy and uplifting.  A warm bass line and trumpets cement this in your head and help make your first trip a pleasant one.  Underneath a multitude of sounds however the lyrics explore a damaged emotional state as lines such as ‘They gave you nothing/If not everything’ echo down your ears, before getting enveloped by the chorus.  Acting like Robin to the instrument’s Batman these catch you by surprize.  St Barnaby’s Lurch is an ideal introduction to Klac Tik’s sound.

Klac Tik, Soren Bonke, Jonathan Beyer, Matthew Mitchinson, Andy Joseph

Much like a person with many moods, The Servants feels like one individual experiencing a spectrum of emotions in a highly human and relatable way.  Reborn is simple yet harmonious tale of finding happiness in the world around you.  A kind and organic drum beat leads you along assisted by another wide assortment of instruments.  The sense of peace delivered by Reborn is echoed in Nympherous, an oriental lullaby.  Supported by lilting sounds Nympherous is a story of finding comfort in others.  It’s not all peace and comfort however.  Fire Souls shows a timid but quietly positive side to Klac Tik as they celebrate the effect life events have on clearing indecision.  Kierkegaard highlights this indecision with a muddled forced feel and a sense of inaction as more sounds than you can keep track of float around your head.  Kierkegaard has the feel of a track that will only improve with listens.

Not all the places Klac Tik take you to are as pleasant as the above.   As the emotional tour flies into illegal airspace tracks such as Quenched Man explores risk taking and what happens when the risk wasn’t worth talking.  Set to a somber soundtrack Quenched Man highlights the power of Klac Tik’s music.  Curved Mirror doesn’t improve the mood as it shows the power of negative reflection, somehow in a way that makes you want to keep listening.  Cool Luke Hand manages to capture an eerie mood, be it one with inspired vocal production, as it speaks of the way people can lock themselves away.

The Servants, Klac Tik

After Lohrengrin highlights again the musical ability of Klac Tik, Landing Party finishes the trip.  Bi-polar in nature, the initially trumpet led intro becomes something murky and uncertain.  Finding it’s strength again Landing Party ends in a new and balanced place.  Start to finish The Servants by Klac Tik is an emotional and musical journey.  Written very much as a complete  entity this is a rare and enjoyable experience.

Klac Tik on Facebook

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. St Barnaby’s Lurch
  2. Kierkegaard
  3. Reborn
  4. Fire Souls
  5. Quenched Man
  6. Curved Mirror
  7. Nympheous
  8. Cool Luke Hand
  9. Lohengrin
  10. Landing Party

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 17/03/13

What an awesome show!  The underground and unsigned music in Kent and across the UK is incredible!  We want to congratulate Tank Trap again on earning a slot at this years Isle of Wight Festival and Syd Arthur for their appearance at this years SXSW.  Both these and all the bands we play have bright futures.  See who we played below and go find them live, you won’t regret it.  Listen now for great independent music and again on Sunday at 8 … and Friday at 6.30.  There’s no escape … wait, no excuse not to check it out.

Track Listing:

Blacken the Name – Jekyll and Hyde / On Facebook

Wheres Billy – Tears and Essays / On Facebook

Tank Trap – My Animal / On Facebook

CzechMate – With Me / On Facebook

Skies – Magical / On Facebook

Klac Tik – Reborn / On Facebook

The Alamo – More to Learn / On Facebook

The Lightwings – Revolution / On Facebook

Syd Arthur – Ode to Summer / On Facebook

Optional Rubber Duck – Jackie Chan / On Facebook

Internal Skars – Undertaker / On Facebook

Border:Line Fire –  I Wanna Go / On Facebook

Mr Beane (Rebirth Records) – July Mix / On Facebook

Peace.

AudioWhores – AudioWhores

Genre terrorists.  That’s how Richard Peek describes AudioWhores.  Add to this a love of head banging, coffee and … cling film and you’ve got yourself something your ears need inside them.  Hailing from Tonbridge the AudioWhores have a unique blend of subtly, big riffs and funk.  This is AudioWhores’ second release and sees a shift in sound from Fresh Pots whilst still preserving their sound.

Incident starts the album, and is probably your brain will log hearing it.  A menacing opening riff and ominous drums make the intro to Incident the perfect music for a film villain.  Incident then goes into AudioWhores unique sound.  Heavy riffs combine with strong basslines to make seductive music that will refresh your ears more than a Sprite after a music festival.  Returning to a dominating chorus Incident builds and builds as the riff grows in menace.  A  sculpted and tense riff increases Incident’s feel as the track charges to an end.  Across all of this are vocals which complete the unique feel of Incident, they manage to achieve another smooth but fiery tone.

AudioWhores

Tracks such as D.I.M, Slice of Life and Half Hundred continue the heavy vibe.  A hard but funky riff opens D.IM which builds as the track continues.  The drums and guitar give D.I.M swagger as vocals surf the music, managing to sound smooth and moreish but also to growl.  Starting in an energetic and aggressive guitar frenzy Slice of Life is the first single from AudioWhores’ self titled album.  The heavy sound of the verse storms down your ears before breaking into an instantly sing-able and funky chorus.  As Slice of Life continues the band’s sounds erupts into a new level of energy and volume.  Half Hundred is a ten minute epic that flits between light and punishing guitars.  Drums provide a powerful constant as Half Hundred showcases both extremes of AudioWhore’s sound.  The track detonates into a sea of energy and sirens as it reaches three minutes.  This mushroom cloud of sound  grows and grows, gaining momentum until a light but groove laden riff climbs out.  With less than a minute to go one final riff breaks before bringing the track to stop.

Reprise brings out another side of AudioWhores entirely.  Reprise warms up slowly as a gentle piano and a soft but dark riff seep out your speakers.  The track builds slowly, sounding like a sonic mist.  As the sound gradually becomes more complex and layered you find yourself getting lost within the track.  Even the addition of a powerful riff doesn’t lose Reprise’s sense of calm.  As the track continues it gives off an increasingly Pink Floyd vibe whilst never loosing the uniqueness of AudioWhore’s sound.  As the aurora borealis of sound peaks with big stretching riffs a piano line returns to finish Reprise in a gentle close, welcoming you back to reality.  This is echoed by We Played On.  A reassuring piano line begins the track as a Latin guitar joins.  Both carry a sense of anticipation as haunting vocals complete the sound.  We Played On also sounds like a movie soundtrack, scoring the part at the end were people rebuild.  Two thirds in energy enters We Played On as the anticipation is turned into a sound with an epic feel to by drums and a charged guitar riff.  Tracks that surely improve with the size of your headphones, these both show the talent and versatility of AudioWhores.

AudioWhores

Decayed Words shows the twin worlds of Audiowhores in harmony as it manages to be funky whilst having an edge.  The energy steps up half way through as the sound hardens and the latin feel increases.  42 Hand Man show’s a glimpse of the AudioWhores from their E.P Fresh Pots.  A soft piano and duel vocals from both the singer and a female vocalist start the sone.  This peaceful sound is interrupted by crisp drumming and a funk driven new sound. Sounding like their previous E.P AudioWhores continue to show the range of their sound.   42 Hand Man takes on a lounge before winding back down to its opening sound.  Before you can feel to blissed out however the drums and a cheeky ‘der der der der’ spur the track into a funk heavy close.

AudioWhores’ self titled album is a crafted and creative piece of work.  It is much more an album than a collection of sounds and continuously surprizes as it goes on.  An album  that challenges anything locally or nationally, it is one you should get in your life!  See the video for Slice of Life below.

AudioWhores on Facebook

AudioWhores on Bandcamp

David Horn

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 17/02/13

Aaaaaaand we’re back.  There was no takeover last week due to technical difficulties.  We say technical difficulties we mean the laptop will all the good stuff on it was separated from it’s charger and went to sleep for a while.  Never fear though (we could tell you were fearful) it is back with a vengeance.  This week’s saw a host of great local and underground artists.  Listen back to the show on Friday 6.30-7.30.  Listen now for great independent music 24/7 here.

Track Listing:

Dakota Ruins – Respawn / On Facebook

Circle of Rage – Society’s Secret / On Facebook

Generation Graveyard – The Empty / On Facebook

ROAM – Less Than Productive / On Facebook

Jaguar Jones – No Gods No Masters / On Facebook

The Alex Beharrell Band – The Best Melancholy / On Facebook

Syd Arthur – Dorothy / On Facebook 

Mr Payne – Music / On Facebook

Eskimo Chase – On Top of Things / On Facebook

Clacket Lane – Girl That Looks Like Sunshie / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Throwdown / On Facebook

Biscuit Thief – I Can’t Find Homebase and I’m Getting Really Distressed / On Facebook

Afro Dizzy Jack remix (Rebirth Records) – Talking With Myself / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Camden Queen / On Facebook

Peace,

Banned Reviews

Syd Arthur – Dorothy

Dorothy, it’s a name.  A girls name to be more precise.  It’s also the name of Syd Arthur’s new single.  The forth track on their album On and On, this joins previous singles like Ode to the Summer.  A very strong album, this is just one more reason to explore the Canterbury based psycadelic band.

Dorothy begins with an uncertain and nervous energy as a shy riff and vocal creep into your mind.  Whatever the mood Dorothy maintains a floaty meandering feel as riffs and sounds swirl around your mind like leafs in the wind.  As Dorothy continues it gets more confident and bold.  As the song reaches its final minute it has an entirely bigger sound than that first nervous riff.  Just like those teachers at school though that could scare the crumbs off toast without even raising their voice this song doesn’t  have to try.  It manages to sound bigger and more epic effortlessly, the tempo and delivery doesn’t change dramatically but Syd Arthur manage to create an atmosphere.

Dorothy is feat of storytelling both sonically and verbally.  As the sound grows it tells a story of development as the track climbs from shy nervousness to unashamed boldness.  This is helped by a soulful breakdown and a chorus with an epic quality however it is delivered.  The other story here comes through the lyrics.  They begin sounding fragile using sad and definite terms, ‘Like a fading trace/Over in the blink of an eye’.  As the song develops though they change their outlook and open up to bigger ideas.  The song ends on that epic chorus, as the lyrics brought to life by the vocals sound almost triumphant, chiming ‘Out of my mind/Today the world has never been clear.

The song ends celebrating being lost, and all this allows you to find.  Dorothy is just another reason to get their album On and On, a genius combination of soundscapes and moods.

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Dorothy
  2. Dorothy (Live)

Syd Arthur on Bandcamp

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Syd Arthur – On and On Review

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 11/11/12

So, that happened!  We just took over Somojo Magazine’s radio stream like amazing ninja pirates and filled it with an hour of some of Kent’s finest local music!

We’re surrounded by so much local talent it makes us feel like The Inbetweeners’ Jay on an under 30’s female nudist holiday.  These are the incredible local bands we played this week!  Missed some of them?  That was silly but if you did or you just want to hear them again (we wouldn’t blame you) it’s repeated again on Friday at 6.30!  Tune in again next Sunday at 8pm to Somojo for more amazing local bands.  Somojo play unsigned and independent music 24/7 – check them out for a few new discoveries at anytime!

  1. Crashgate – B.O.B / On Facebook
  2. Atlantica – Heroes and Thieves / On Facebook
  3. Blacken the Name – Speeding Fist / On Facebook
  4. Slaves – Beauty Quest / On Facebook
  5. The Tied – It Takes Two To Make An Accident / On Facebook
  6. Vivid Nation – We’re Not Built The Same / On Facebook
  7. The Zolas – Strange Girl / On Facebook
  8. Blaise Paisel – Magical / On Facebook
  9. Wheres Billy – Aches and Pains of The Quiet Life / On Facebook
  10. The Black Waterside – A Requiem for Mary-Anne / On Facebook
  11. Mr Payne – Waste What You Got / On Facebook
  12. Syd Arthur – Dorothy  / On Facebook
  13. Seba – Painted Sky (MELOKI remix) / On Facebook
  14. Rebirth Records Mini Mix / On Facebook

See you next week!!