Isn't the Internet an amazing thing? I mean, This website gets over 10'000 hits a week and just the thought of the fact people come here to read mine and everybody else’s work (even I am not THAT egotistical) is amazing.
Another thing is coincidence... and that’s where this comes in. I bought a few CD's on a website and as a special offer, they threw in a free CD. My CD's arrived and I got a demo of this band called the Kitshickers and thought no more of it. One day I got an e-mail from the band asking how I got their demo seeing as they only sent 3 copies overseas and I have one of them.... hence my new found friendship (and long may it continue) with Luxembourg's finest (Placebo not included because only Brian is from there).
Aged between 19 and 21, this is a band sure to draw interest. And right from the outset, the band let you know they are more then competent. As they say themselves 'We gonna save ya, we gonna protect ya, cuz were on a mission, don't be afraid because we are here.'
Opening song 'World Of Noise' is a song that sounds like Placebo's 'Evil Dildo' if Silverchair covered it during their 'Frogstomp' days or even 'Hulk Hogan's Bubblebath' by Ash.
'Obey Me' starts to rock like a bitch and owing a little in style to Nirvana (a band they name as an influence) before becoming funky in the breaks. It sounds new.... and I like it.
'Deaf Subconscious' is a very slow, mournful tune that remains quiet until the last minute... this is a song my beloved Twist would be proud of.
'P-Like' is one of the weaker tracks on the album sounding more like a jam session in the intro then anything else before lead singer Gilles comes in with a talking/off key singing effort.
'Who Gave You The Right' unfortunately follows the same way sounding hurried and like a bad basement band playing their first song... and you begin to worry if the band rely on just a few good songs and fill the rest of the album with songs not of the same standard.
I need not have worried. 'Don't Choose That Tool' puts the band firmly on track. Another spoken word verse followed by shouty chorus is interesting to say the least with lyrics such as 'I am what I am and I say I am, I don't want to follow your clichés'.
Next song, 'Illness A Criminology', is one that has a verse chorus verse both musically and lyrically... sounds strange to mention it, but it happens so rarely in the album, it is almost refreshing to hear.
'The Moment After' deserves to be released as a single. From it's rock intro to it's calming vocals and powerful chorus screaming. Lyrics like 'Close your eyes, can you see your self? Being important doing what you always wanted too' and a majorly up-tempo ending.... my favourite track on the album.
'They' strolls into rock territory with funk insertion mood again. Gilles & Boris guitaring as at the fore again... and a very tender ending to the song that is so unexpected as to be appreciated.
'Shall Ads Become Gods' is 2 minutes of venom aimed at advertising... much neglected subject, but one I agree with. People telling you what to do, or what to wear... as Gilles says 'My individuality shouldn't be my prison!' and I for one couldn't agree more.
Last track 'Storm' ends the album the way it deserves to.... kicking and screaming. From the music box intro of 'Your my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey' to it's huge chords and screams that reminds me of early Korn for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on.
The obligatory 'Hidden Track' is Copacabana crossed with late Symposium... and Gilles saying something to do with the British I can't quite distinguish.... I love it!!!
And it's over. All in all, a great first album from a band so young. The recording is suspect in some places and you think that maybe it is either a badly recorded album or a really well recorded demo... either way, it takes nothing away from the band. They are promising, they are uncompromising and they will be back.. lets hope it is beyond the confines of their homeland.
The Kitshickers are :-
Gilles Heinisch - Guitar & Vocals
Boris Schiertz - Guitar
Tun Stichter - Bass
Chris Bock - Drums
Tracklisting is :-
8Colin Weston's Score