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Pride Before the Fall by The KBC

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Reviewed on 24th January 2006.

 
 

Pride Before the Fall

By The KBC

Dance-punk... it's one of those catch-all, media type short-term genres isn't it? You know the score: don't bother with giving some thought to the task you've been set, just dig out some old Shed Seven b-sides (don't get dewy eyed on me now), add a bit of hissing hi-hat and a dollop of white funk bass and the indie disco is your empire. Lovely. Not sure where the punk bit comes from though.

The KBC follow this no brainer so closely it's almost quite sweet. Take Pride Before The Fall for example (the first A of this double A-side): the mid-90s-era-indie-god-awful chorus hides itself amongst another no brainer, this time in the form of a verse. If they actually bothered to split their self allocated genre into its component parts (you know, dance... and... punk) they might have actually ended up with something with a bit of bite to it, something you could actually dance to. Instead you've got white-bread-as-wadding blandness repackaged to divert the kids away from the fact that it's unadulterated crap they're being fed.

Poisonous Emblem is not worthy of the title of second A-side. Not even for The KBC. But for different reasons: the band's not actually too bad on this visit to the discotheque: It's a replay through the same ideas as Pride Before The Fall, but this time the rhythm section drives along nicely. However, the vocals deserve the level of criticism I'm not sure I can muster in general public. All I can hope is that the press release's reference to it being a "live favourite" referred to a string of gigs where the PA was fucked beyond recognition.

 

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On 25th January 2006 at 09:43 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Ooo! Paul!

Not a fan then?

 

On 25th January 2006 at 09:47 Dave LMS wrote...

Actually despite the review the description made me think it might be something I could like, but I heard the sound clips on the site and they really don't do anything for me. Track 2 appeals slightly more than the main song though.

 

On 25th January 2006 at 09:54 Anonymous 401 wrote...

That doesn't surprise me Dave - if track 2 had a decent singer then it would be a pretty good tune. Unfortunately it doesn't...

Shame.

 

On 25th January 2006 at 10:25 Anonymous 5333 wrote...

That's possibly the most ignorant thing I've ever read! Saw them play at the Faversham before xmas and they were great, can't see where you're coming from at all!!!

 

On 25th January 2006 at 10:38 Dave LMS wrote...

There's a couple of other (live) reviews on this site which say pretty much the same thing. I have to admit, as I said before, Paul's description actually made me wonder if it would be something I might actually like - but when I listened to the two sound clips on the band's website I have to agree with Paul on this one... I would add that track 2 has a little bit more going for it.

 

On 25th January 2006 at 12:10 Anonymous 401 wrote...

I don't see how I'm being ignorant. I reviewed what was down on the CD and said exactly what I thought. Dave LMS is spot on.

 

On 26th January 2006 at 09:47 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

OUTRAGE!!

 

On 30th January 2006 at 11:01 Anonymous 3485 wrote...

Dismiss this nonsense review and go and see The KBC live. They're absolutely wicked.

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 09:22 Anonymous 401 wrote...

Sigh...

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 11:36 Anonymous 3485 wrote...

Well it's complete shit. The KBC sound nothing like how you've described them mate! I urge anyone who hasn't seen them live to go and see them as they're mint...

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 12:09 Dave LMS wrote...

"The KBC sound nothing like how you've described them" - interesting, because I thought -taking the subjective comments out of Paul's review- he described their sound quite accurately. How would you describe them?

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 13:41 Anonymous 3485 wrote...

"mid-90s-era-indie-god-awful"

???

Well certainly not the above

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 14:40 Anonymous 401 wrote...

"the mid-90s-era-indie-god-awful (chorus)"...

Applied to the chorus of one song.

"add a bit of hissing hi-hat and a dollop of white funk bass and the indie disco is your empire"

Puts that in context as far as I'm concerned.

 

On 3rd February 2006 at 18:20 Anonymous 4877 wrote...

After listening to the mp3's of the songs in question I can fully empathise with Mr Elam.

 

On 6th February 2006 at 14:13 Anonymous 3485 wrote...

Go and watch The KBC when they play Escobar in April. They ARE fantastic

 

On 6th February 2006 at 15:15 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

They probably are great live but judging of the opinions of Paul and Dave, two people who's opinions I repect, their CD probably isn't as good as it should be.

Can we stop the - they're shit/they're ace debate now?

 

On 6th February 2006 at 16:12 Dave LMS wrote...

I think they're playing Escobar this Friday too - and I am going It's the kind of thing I would usually like ...

 

On 6th February 2006 at 17:51 Dave LMS wrote...

... actually that made me think - are The KBC still playing this Friday, I'm just a tad confused now when you say April (and I know you'll know ).

 

On 8th February 2006 at 18:34 Anonymous 3485 wrote...

Yes dude they are. On about 9.45 before t'blondes. Wolf I trust you'll be coming too ;D

 
 
 

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