There are those that are often too lazy to do any research that will happily slate the likes of Kap Bambino, DAT Politics, Sexy Sushi and Dandi Wind (etc…) for throwing together copy and paste versions of Crystal Castles, but the truth is rarely so simple.
Like genres everywhere, it is too easy to point out some generic artist and assume that all within its meagre artistic walls suffer their influence and sadly Kap Bambino (and the rest) have found their reputations tarred inadvertently.
It did nothing to stop them from releasing the rather excellent Blacklist last year on Because Music and although the album will not win prizes for glittering song writing or deep lyrical meaning, it does win for being a bomb-like gem of an album.
That it is an absolutely mental piece of dark electronica earns it my own personal kudos. With its industrial manifestations laid bare, the French duo – consisting of Caroline Martial and Orion Bouvier – tear through the listener with several blunt metal objects, all covered in evidence deflecting leather.
They make noise, get off their tits and are nice about it – exactly what one needs on a Friday morning.
Kap Bambino play some of the finest and most energetic live shows that I have ever seen and will be returning to the London shores next Saturday for a show at Koko. I have no idea if there are any tickets left, but I really don’t care as I already have mine.
Here’s “Dead Lazers” to cement the feeling of obscure mentaldome. Does it work? Yes. Is it just really harsh Euro-techno? Yes. Was the video filmed around the corner from me? Damn straight. Am I in it? No.