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Reviewed on 20th September 2006.



By Kram

Jack Peat is a fairy. He used to be the drummer in Kram but as they were offered a record contract for one single he bottled out and wanted to focus on University. It may only have been one single but who expects bands to start off their careers with multi-million 5-album deals and the keys to the city? The only thing that needs concentrating on in Uni is drinking, sleeping (around if possible) and putting off getting a 'real' job.

Kram have since regrouped and returned with a new drummer and after support slots with Yourcodenameis:milo, This Et Al and ˇForward, Russia! are back to feed you more of their 'powerful energetic rock'. 'Maze' kicks off proceedings with a pounding bass and drum combo with the guitar lending the highlights. Confident vocals with strong lyrics impress. 'Headlights and Headlines' has a guitar riff sounding slightly like the Doves or U2 but the vocals are straight from the school of Thom Yorke. It could fit on The Bends and is a further signal of intent. Things really get interesting when 'Somethingism' starts up. With an early Queen Of The Stone Age riff and another great vocal performance. 'Garden' has more choppy guitar and strange effects sloping over the top of the intro. It sounds slightly lazy and is the only song that lacks any real passion. 'Pluarist' brings back some interest and has another guitar line that would fit on The Bends. The layering of vocals makes the whole thing sound extremely powerful and the drums work overtime to force home the track. Final song 'Escapade' has similar Yorke/Matt Bellamy vocals and drives home the demo well. It could do with a trim to keep the best stuff on and have the others as internet tracks but on the whole it a great sign for the future.

Previous comparisons with Sonic Youth and Nirvana are far from the mark on this showing. There are obvious nods to Radiohead and Muse but also an originality in it all. These boys have an immense live reputation and these songs would sound amazing blasted out in front of your booze filled face. Go see them while they're local.



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On 22nd September 2006 at 11:34 Anonymous 6021 wrote...

some facts:

- I didnt want to focus on uni, i was going to uni (4 hours away). Maintaining a good band relationship would have been impossible, and would have seriously hindered any progress.

- There was no 1 single contract or contract of any type. Ofcourse i dont expect a big deal.

- Im still good friends with the band, and there was no bitterness about me leaving the band. It was an extremely hard decision to take especially because we were such a close group. After 3 years in the band it wasnt about 'bottling out'.

Maybe you should write your next review based on facts. Fairy.


On 22nd September 2006 at 13:30 Anonymous 30 wrote...

What an odd way to start a review. Were you asked to review the music on the CD or the private lives of the band? If not the latter then is it really your place to pass judgement?

On a seperate note, I've heard this CD by the way and it's very good stuff.


On 22nd September 2006 at 14:08 Dave LMS wrote...

* just for info, before this article was posted I reviewed its content/opening para and assumed it to be in jest, otherwise I'd have asked for it to have been rephrased *


On 25th September 2006 at 15:49 Anonymous 6032 wrote...

I didn't mean to cause any offence in the review and can't believe some people have taken it so seriously. It was not an intentional personal attack. I do not know either Kram or Jack Peat and apologise to Jack, Jack's family, friends, pets and university chums for any upset. It was merely a talking point from the bio that was sent along with the CD (Which claimed a 1 single contract offer) and, as Dave noted, was made in jest. I enjoyed the CD and wish both Kram and Jack well!


On 25th September 2006 at 17:57 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Perhaps you should make the irony a little clearer in future.


On 1st October 2006 at 21:15 Anonymous 6028 wrote...

Ah this has all got a bit silly! Erm... there was a plan to release our single from an independent Leeds label, which was shelved before it really got off the ground as we knew Jack was likely to leave. We had planned to release after Jack had left but things didn't go to plan right away so it was cancelled. We are now planning a release in January '06. As for Jack, he knows how much we appreciate all he did with us, and what a good time we had doing what we loved, and still do love. He's not a fairy! I understand the comments were in jest and also understand why Jack might be offended. I think it's just a case of misunderstanding. Thanks alot to Scott for the review, we were very pleased with your kind words! Case closed (i hope!)




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