KLAMMER – ‘Modern God’ (Under Dogz Records)
Released 11th May 2018
This new single from Leeds-based post-punk quartet Klammer is a darkly catchy gem of a track, starting with a crunching bassline, hypnotic drumming and classic post-punk melodic guitar riffs reminiscent of Play Dead or UK Decay. Starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up and the chorus sticks in your head like glue whilst adding layers of emotional wrap by the guitars in the background
Lead vocalist Poss‘s lyrics are clear, uttered disdainfully in a kind of punk-poetic way recalling that such as the late Mark E Smith or Gang of Four, building an aura of broodiness and edge. Then when then the chorus ‘who would be a modern god?’ kicks in, it erupts, whilst adding layers of emotional wrap by the guitars in the background and it seizes you by the shoulders, floods into your head and stays right there for hours to come. There’s a simple formula here and it doesn’t try to be too art-nouveau or too clever. But it works well; it’s great melodic punk and there is an undercurrent of edginess and intrigue which makes you want to listen to more.
With their eagerly-anticipated new album ‘You Have Been Processed’ due for release this summer, Klammer are a name to look out for, having already played the legendary Rebellion punk festival in 2017 and supported the likes of the Membranes, Undertones and The Skids. Definitely ones to watch.
All words by Rachel Velouria Rose whose author profile is here