I’d never heard of KynchinLay before being handed this EP and I think I may spend the next few months regretting my ignorance of them. They’ve immediately found their way into my iTunes library, cuddled up nicely between Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga – neither of which would be in there if I had curated this collection alone. This EP is a clear sign that KynchinLay deserve there place amongst a higher calibre of musician, their brand of rock channels former gods whilst retaining enough individuality to keep it from sounding like a hackneyed rip-off. The EP cover says Drink Me and so, like Alice into her wonderland, I dive headfirst into the lyrically brilliant world of KynchinLay…
The oh-so-wonderful Mersey charm is an ever-present throughout the EP and, despite influxes of American influences, there can be no doubt that this music is Liverpudlian and proud. Vocalist/guitarist K G Wilson has that undeniable sense of pride that has made the region so famously charming and his honest, open passion for the music on show is evident right from the get-go. Though ‘Leave Me Alone’ may be an intense, thunderous start to the EP, it is thoroughly dwarfed by the tender ‘Live Free Or Die’ which seems like a brand new anthem for the people. Lyrically endearing, sonically pleasing and equipped with backing vocals that sound like they were recorded in the heavens, this is the sort of track that could be sung in anywhere from a gospel church to a campfire in the woods. The genuine nature of the song makes its presence in my ear-drums one of the highlights of my day.
With the use of sound effects and spoken voices, ‘Public Execution’ sucks us into the world of political aggravation whilst retaining a charm to keep everyone on side, not that there would be many fighting against the KynchinLay cause. A driven rock song, the use of a repetitive riff (once again accompanied by the angelic harmonies) really helps to drive the point home. This is followed by the contrasting ‘Dogfathers’ which wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Pink Floyd’s The Wall. With an off-beat swagger and a deadpan lyrical delivery, Wilson and his compatriots are able to recall music from a finer age whilst adding a modern twist to keep them from sounding dated.
Finishing track ‘My Heart’ firmly roots them back in 2014 with an energy that will easily blow crowds away. The combination of bass and drums is thorough and unrelenting from first to last and the driven nature of the rhythm section help provide a sturdy foundation upon which to build their musical pleasures. Though there may be a wide range of similar bands across the horizon, it is Wilson’s vocal delivery that makes KynchinLay comfortably stand out from the crowd and he already has the confidence and ideas to lead a revolution. So as people around the world get ready to listen to their poppy nonsense, KynchinLay will be busy plotting their musical uprising.
Viva La Revolución!