Thursday, 12 March 2009



At a time when no bands know how to play or write guitar songs in an exciting manner, as an alternative we get this: Kap Bambino.  And I can’t decide whether that is a good thing or bad thing.  Or even whether it is acceptable.

Remember when Billy Idol discovered and thought he’d invented Cyberpunk?  How futuristic did that feel?  Surprisingly not very.  It actually looked quite silly.  There was the same old blonde man only now his clothes were strange and his hair platted into dreadlocks.  It looked more breakdown than science fiction.

The point I am trying to make is that this song sounds like Sigue Sigue Sputnik to me and while that music wasn’t completely horrible, on the whole it was flawed.  That was not a plausible approach to take in an effort to storm the music world.  And yet here we go, another band co-opting that sound coupled with an Atari Teenage Riot-esqe female vocalist.

Bands like this are the spawn of Suicide.  These are heady two piece units where the bookish mute makes the music while a crazy motherfucker on the microphone yanks all kinds of vocal chains in an effort to leave an impression on the audience and listener.

Kap Bambino is French (from Bordeaux to be exact) and therein perhaps lays the confusion.  Singer Caroline Martial has been listed as a “hot young model” and suddenly it would seem the appeal of the duo is not necessarily in the music.

I scream, you scream, she screams.

Thesaurus moment: conehead.

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