Following up their eagerly praised EP, Sick Of This, British trio Kilkovec make an even louder knock on real attention with its successor Plunge. Again built on the band’s feisty mix of alternative and punk rock, the new EP takes the band’s sound, imagination, and presence to a new level, one demanding that people take notice.
Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Daniel Wilson, bassist/vocalist Matt Stroud, and drummer Tom Longwater, Hampshire hailing Kilkovec emerged in 2012. Hitting the local live scene with relish, they released debut EP Name Your Place to good reactions in the underground scene though it was Sick Of This last year which sparked critical and broader fan acclaim the way of the threesome. As Plunge roars and twists around in ears it is easy to suggest and suspect even greater plaudits hitting the band’s creative shores, praise to match the rich reputation earned by their live prowess which over the years has seen the sharing of stages with the likes of Yearbook, Seething Akira, Flood of Red, Bad Sign, Press to Meco, Black Foxxes, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
The EP’s brief title track kicks things off, its atmospheric instrumental setting a schizophrenic scene from which the following Change whips out an initial provocative guitar groove swiftly joined by portentous beats and in turn predatory bassline. As much as it carries dark danger, the coaxing has spicy warmth drawing the imagination further into its depths and the potent waiting tones of Wilson. As it develops, raw infectiousness brews and blossoms within the track’s tempestuous punk ‘n’ roll making its irritable charms even more compelling and its unpredictable enterprise pure magnetism.
It is a great start to the release setting the agenda for the adventure and invention shaping Plunge and next up Just Get Better. Rolling in on great rhythmic agitation with just as alluring tides of riffery, the track quickly grips ears and appetite, throwing itself rhythmically around with muscle and attitude as vocals roar and grooves entangle the senses. Its fiery rock ‘n’ roll takes no prisoners though again its virulent catchiness perfectly tempers the raw aggression.
Somerset Cottage brings a mellower proposal straight after though it’s underlying steel and angst is soon flowing through the song’s creative veins as both sides of its character interact with imagination around the impassioned vocals of Wilson. Again there is nothing predictable about the song and its twists; even if the chorus has a familiar feel ensuring participation with it is easy. Littered with groaning grooves, the track is an increasingly captivating spectacle matched by the more straightforward punk infused rock of 40,000 Leagues and Counting. It may not have the boldness of its predecessors but the track only satisfies with its growling nature, anthemic heart, and melodic acidity.
Constructive Criticism is another short instrumental, creative doodling before the outstanding Go On (and on and on) brings its Fatima Mansions meets letlive. like creative drama to bear on ears and thoughts. At times it is a suggestive croon, in others a caustic brawl and increasingly an inescapable lure for the imagination leaving Here’s to You to close things off with its tenacious mix of engaging melodies, rousing vocals, and barbarous rhythms.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable end to a similarly agreeable release suggesting that Kilkovec are not too far away from getting their hooks into nationwide recognition, if not even bigger spotlights.
Plunge is released 27th January.
Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017
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