Manchester guitar based four-piece Kassoma are reviewed by Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates.
The Natural Selection EP has been about a while, as have Kassoma. The Manchester band are whipping up a bit of a storm in the North West at the moment and it’s easy to see why. Their brand of jangly indie guitar pop is easy to like. Very easy.
They have a big sound, one that questions the size of the band. The Jam were similar, how do just four blokes make such a bloody racket? The answer isn’t found here, just questioned further.
Lead track Arrows in instantly infectious and almost certainly a crowd pleaser for their ever popular live performances (they’re touring again soon – keep an eye open for dates). The chorus is rousing, and the verses and instrumentation are memorable and toe-tapping. It’s a song that will fly around you consciousness for quite a while after it’s finished.
Holding Knives, a single from last year, is slightly sparser and sounding good for it. Vocals are slightly nasal – think Roland Orzabal or Mark Hollis (Google them if you’re younger than 40!) – not an insult, just an observation. It could almost be an outtake from Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair album. Almost.
The highlight of the EP Again And Again is anthemic and surely a live favourite. Its confidence and sweeping and a style that Kassoma will feel confident with and should pursue. The melody lingers and it’s a good piece of Indie Rock.
Closing with The Unknown, a slightly formulaic slow burner, Natural Selection seems a good introduction to a band who just could have something to offer and are well worth keeping an eye on.
You can catch them live at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 19th July and they are part of the Blackthorn Music Festival with Reverend And The Makers on the 25th.
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