KAGOULE+ CATHOLIC ACTION

From Nottingham, Kagoule have been slowly carving a name for themselves with a blend of post-punk, progressive indie, and ballistic originality. Getting their big break supporting Dog Is Dead, the trio recently played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and have toured with Kappa Gamma.

Fiercely independent and with a steadfast vision for the minutiae of every aspect of their presentation, Kagoule are band born out of the school-yard, the trio of Cai Burns, Lucy Hatter and Lawrence English coming together a half decade ago. “We represent the sound of boredom,” says Hatter, of the band’s inception. “The sound of three 15 year olds wanting to do something,” says Hatter.

Recorded while still in their teens, Kagoule’s debut album Urth draws on a wealth of unexpected influences – the best US underground obscurities of the 80s and 90s, the dark folk music of Pentangle and playing style of Bert Jansch, contemporary fantasy and sci-fiction literature, ancient wood-cut artwork and so much more. Sound-wise they recall the energy and ideas of Bikini Kill, the sugar-dusted grunge of Smashing Pumpkins and the angular rhythms and confrontational post-hardcore blueprint of Fugazi, Slint and fellow Nottingham band Bob Tilton, with a pedal rack (metaphorically) half-inched from Dinosaur Jr. But – crucially – perhaps only to those old enough to have heard those bands first time around.

Kagoule Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Magnified’ below:


Plus support from CATHOLIC ACTION

Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown the group released their long-awaited debut release for Luv Luv Luv Records (Spector, Only Real, Splashh, The Garden) earlier this year.

The four-piece band are centered around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – already known among key taste-makers as the drummer in Casual Sex, another of Glasgow’s leading musical lights.

Catholic Action Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘L.U.V’ below: