Kapitals – Paris Is Burning

Screen shot 2015-01-02 at 13.07.48Oh sweet guitars, how I’ve missed your wondrous sounds. It’s time to get pulses races and heads bobbing as Irish band Kapitals bring a raging power to my ears that fills me with joy from the opening bars. Though it may not be the most boundary-pushing sound you’ll ever hear, I would heartily recommend turning the volume to full and letting this blast away at your eardrums wherever you are.

With a wonderfully catchy chorus, the sheer energy of the song is what carries it upon a wave of brilliance from start to finish. There’s an angst-ridden lead vocal that wretches with emotion as if it were singing for survival, actual survival as opposed to the tired talent-show version. The music seems very genuine and there’s no need for any false pretenses due heavily to the fact that it is clear from the get-go that this is a band that know what they like and they’re more than happy to produce music for themselves, rather than trying to please anyone else. With influences ranging from some of the rockier elements of the 80s to mid-00s indie, it’s like listening to U2 without having to put up with you-know-who.

The velocity of every single snare hit capitulates exactly what the band are going for with their sound and they’ve absolutely nailed it.

Ciaran Steward

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