Review: Kagoule @ Moth Club

Hailing from Nottingham, alt rock band Kagoule have seen much success over the past few years. Their debut Album ‘Urth’ was a hit, and the group has found a firm place in the Brighton music scene.

Following the release of a series of tantalising singles over the past year, Kagoule worked with Alcopop! Records to release their latest album, ‘Strange Entertainment’, in October this year. Frontman Cai Burns describes it as “an album that doesn’t have a direct comparison in guitar music” where the “topics of each song are more personal and the lyrics far more direct”.

Earlier this month, Cub Music was lucky enough to hear the tracks live and attend their biggest headline show to date at Moth Club in Hackney. It was clearly an exciting show for the band, and they delivered an energetic and personal performance.

Kicking off the show with Egg Hunt, things quickly got into full swing. Egg Hunt, the album’s headline track, was released as single in July this year alongside a fantastic video. It is a direct and forceful song which Cai has said, “embodies what Kagoule is right now and is the start of a path to something new”. Egg Hunt was followed up with It’s Not My Day, a track that features leading vocals from bassist Lucy Hatter. It’s a song that contrasts reserved backing music with the rich vocals of Hatter. Live, Hatter’s voice was faultless, and the band skilfully and powerfully emphasised the contrasts of the song, making the performance a truly captivating one.

Next up was Superhuman. This catchy and relatable song explores the oh-so-familiar response to the reliance on social media that plagues modern society. Glue, a firm favourite from Kagoule’s debut album ‘Urth’, was thrown in the mix, much to the delight of the crowd. Other early tracks played at the show included Centralwing, It Knows It and Made of Concrete.

The supports at the show were Two Tribes and Sistertalk. Two Tribes have a cool, synthy sound which captivates you instantly. Whilst their performance felt a little clumsy at times, they are definitely a band to watch. I’m sure they’ll be creating great things as they refine their sound.

This album represents the most notable coming together and fine-tuning of the Kagoule’s disparate sounds and directions to date. Cai explained that the band has “always felt this pressure early on to decide what type of band we were going to be, and this record is an exercise in our self-confidence as a band by being all of them at once”. With post-punk guitar and groovier bass lines, the LP shows the development of the band’s sound. It is definitely worth a listen, and their live show isn’t one to miss.

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