[PREVIEW] Check out Tigercub, Kagoule and Lime at UCA Epsom
Tigercub describe themselves as a ‘three-piece dirge-pop band’. They can only class themselves as ‘dirge’ if the word dirge can be interpreted to mean dirty, driving and animated grunge.
There’s nothing funeral or death march about them. They’re more anthemic than that.
Growing up in the 90s the trio reference a string of punk-rock influences from Sonic Youth to Weezer. But fear not, this group are modern grunge in more than an embarrassing trying to be Nirvana sort of way.
With support slots alongside Royal Blood, Pulled Apart By Horses and Blood Red Shoes under their belts, Tigercub are sure to be a live presence to shake up the UCA refectory in a way that will make you forget you’re in a meager cafeteria with an interim bottle bar.
Their leading release ‘Centrefold’ stomps a heavy and growling presence, with evocative reverberations in it’s lyrics, ‘animals can learn to love but I can’t seem to make it… when all was said and done I didn’t know you would be numb.’ ‘Centrefold’ saw release on Blood Red Shoes’ record label Jazz Life, and the powerful drive of Royal Blood producer Tom Dalgety is certainly noticeable.
Fun fact: each member of the Brighton band share the same first name of James.
As a Nottingham rock trio, each at the tender mutual age of 19 years, Kagoule rekindle a coincidental 90s sound, despite being too young to have developed in the influence of their predecessors.
Forming a cooling and softer resonance to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies, Kagoule rejuvenate an indie-rock resonance spawned from the early 90s. They create a consuming cascade of noise that somehow breezes with ease.
They add their own fuzzy allurance to the cultivated indie-rock realm, with a moody bass line and electrifying swings of solemn guitar on ‘It Knows It’. The combination of male and female vocals dance and slide together seductively, in a rocking blues.
Despite their teenage years, Kagoule have already played alongside the prestige likes of Drenge to The Wytches and have even already cracked Glastonbury, with a smashing set at last years festival. This year is to see the groups’ debut album release via Earache Records, having worked with renowned Artic Monkeys producer Ross Orton.
Lime place an element of free-wielding fun into punk-rock, with scratching guitars, kicking drums and vocals that seem to hurtle the listener along in a spitting gruffle. Their lyrics and tones behold amusement, ‘I wanna be like you and wear all your fancy clothes!’ beneath a scrappy but savory sound.
Written by Emily Schofield