Kilkovec – Plunge

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Here’s a fun game. Put on a piece of music from a popular genre and try to guess the nationality of the artist.

Can you do it? My guess is probably not unless the vocalist isn’t speaking English or the music comes from the Middle East/Far East.

If that proves to be the case, you would never guess that Kilkovec is a Europe-based band upon first listening. As a three piece from Hampshire, U.K., Kilkovec instigates the same brooding, unruly attitude of American alternative with the new EP Plunge.

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The title track is a short intro that commences with the sound of a few sonar beeps and quickly turns into a chaotic collage of samples and tom-tom beats. The actual songs begin when Daniel Wilson starts riffing and bending notes with sustain on his guitar in Change. The drums build up slowly into the verse and even before the vocals begin, you can detect a feeling of angst. There’s something so American about the music, as American as growing up in the same neighborhood with Dave Grohl. The only noticeable foreign aspect of this track is the slight British accent that bleeds through in the vocals.

The guys show off the high-tempo punk laced with pop that they’re typically known for in the single for Just Get Better. Take a listen to Somerset Cottage, notice the technicality and hear the sounds of the rapid tapping of drumsticks and maneuvering of fretboards.

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Just like the opening track, Constructive Criticism is a brief bit of random noise and jamming. Perhaps this is another intro to the next track, Go On (Again and Again). Notable elements of the latter tune include Wilson’s strange, machine-like vocals and the guitar tone he creates through the use of a chorus pedal.

Plunge is a more polished and poppy EP than the band’s past works. It’s more focused on being catchy than hardcore. Consider this EP a gateway into European punk. Listening to it a good way to ease into the genre.

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